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Some Vintage Places in Burbank, LAX, and The Long Beach Airport

Updated on October 8, 2012

I love vintage fashion, things, and places so I decided to do this hub article about the different vintage places in California. A lot of these places have been around since the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and still exist today. It's a miracle how nobody has thought of taking these places off majorly because people who are fans of vintage things or collect vintage stuff they like to go and see or buy something that they have been dying to buy and want sooo bad. I have made a research on the major airports in California that contain vintage things worth watching on your next airport travel.

Each of L.A.'s major three airports happens to hark back to past eras and lets you arrive to L.A. swathed in architectural integrity. Landing on the very same tarmacks as Brigitte Bardot, the Rolling Stones, Lana Turner, and Marlon Brando did before you.

if you're a vintage lover like me then this hub is worth reading and going to see for yourself.

Vintage 1940s Picture of Burbank Ca. Airport

I believe this is Burbank airport on a rainy day in the early 1940s. The DC3 first in the line is an American Airlines Flagship Skysleeper. These aircraft were equipped with individual berths and required approximately 17 hours to fly coast to coast.
I believe this is Burbank airport on a rainy day in the early 1940s. The DC3 first in the line is an American Airlines Flagship Skysleeper. These aircraft were equipped with individual berths and required approximately 17 hours to fly coast to coast. | Source

Vintage Place #1: Burbank Airport

Or otherwise known as Bob Hope Airport. This Burbank Airport was first opened in 1930 and is a quaint Art Deco-style airport without the stress or fuss of LAX. As you walk through the terminal, enjoy the New Wave tunes that can be heard throught the speakers. So if your flight is delayed and worse yet you forgot your ipod, you will be relaxed by The Ramones, Siouxsie, and The Banshees, and Blondie. It's the perfect location for a Rock n' Roller take off or landing.

Address and phone number: 2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank. (818)840-8840


Pictures of Bob's Big Boy Coffee Shop

Bob's Big Boy, Burbank is a magnificent example of the emerging California coffee shop style that exploded in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Built in 1949, the structure is dramatically related to World Fair pavilions of the pre-war period by its long, l
Bob's Big Boy, Burbank is a magnificent example of the emerging California coffee shop style that exploded in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Built in 1949, the structure is dramatically related to World Fair pavilions of the pre-war period by its long, l | Source
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Vintage photo of Bob's Big Boy Coffee Shop from the outside.
Vintage photo of Bob's Big Boy Coffee Shop from the outside.

Vintage Place #2: Bob's Big Boy Coffee Shop

This coffee shop was built in 1949 by innovative architect Wayne McAllister, this is the oldest surviving Big Boy in the United States, and it's also the most popular; one of california's finest examples of free-form, Googie-style coffeehouse architecture. It's a historic landmark, and has been fully restored to its Naugahyde-style perfection with the signature Bob statue (remember to take a photo with him!), actual carhop service on weekends (just like in American Graffitti!), and a vintage hot rod show on Friday nights in the parking lot. Jay Leno likes to stop by and show off his many tricked-out rides.

Address and phone number: 4211 Riverside Dr. Burbank (818) 843-9334.

How it looks today:)
How it looks today:)
A vintage Bob's Big Boy Coffee shop menu.
A vintage Bob's Big Boy Coffee shop menu.

Inside Scoop

The Beatles visited this Bob's Big Boy during their first American tour in 1964. Check out the permanent plaque on the booth in back, commemorating where they actually sat.

Bob's Big Boy:) he's always cute and happy sharing his delicious food with others.
Bob's Big Boy:) he's always cute and happy sharing his delicious food with others.
This is Los Angeles International Airport (Jetport), it was built in the late 1950s and was at the time one of the biggest airports in America. They first envisioned it to be even bigger in the anticipation of the “jet age” with lots of terminals and
This is Los Angeles International Airport (Jetport), it was built in the late 1950s and was at the time one of the biggest airports in America. They first envisioned it to be even bigger in the anticipation of the “jet age” with lots of terminals and | Source

Vintage Place #3: L.A.X Airport

If you're a fan of tabloids and relish paparazzi pics of disheveled starlets emerging from flights wearing oversized Chanel sunglasses, then you may prefer to schedule your flight to arrive here, in true old-school, jet-setting style.

LAX is more bombastic than the smaller airports, but if your flight is delayed, at least theres a chance you'll be sitting next to an iconat the gate.

Address and phone number: I World Way, Los Angeles (310) 646-5252.

Vintage Place #4: The Buggy Whip

This has been a popular post-flight watering hole since 1952. It's heaven for old-school foodies. It has red-leather booths, a great bar, signed photos of Liberace, beehived waitresses, and a piano man who takes requests (a little "Love on the Rocks" by Neil Diamond with your whiskey sour perhaps?) The food is all about iceburg lettuce, baked potatoes, crab legs, roast beef, and some very potent cocktails for nervous fliers like me.

Address and phone number: 7420 La Tijera Blvd. Los Angeles (310) 645-7131.

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Fourth Street is a fabulous vintage district with dozens of great stores to explore. You'll find unique apparel, furniture, and collectibles that focus motly on midcentury styles, but they also sell many antiques. It's best to make a day of it since there's so much to see.

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Vintage Place #5: Encounter (at LAX Airport)

Designed in 1961, this trendy restaurant was formerly the LAX Theme Building. The Theme Building was the most recognizable landmark at LAX and one of the most famous edifices in L.A. It's 70-foot-high monster that looms like a giant futuristic spider over the parking lot at the nation's third busiest airport. For many years, the structure housed an old-fashioned coffee shop for travelers, but it is now a favorite jet-setting fashionistas who want to sip cocktails in style before their fashion-week flights. Walt Disney Imagineering revamped the interior a few years back, converting it into the jetsonesque restaurant and bar it is today. Even the entrance shoots you through to the middle of the building in a space age elevator playing a sci-fi soundtrack. The interior is groovy and futuristic, complete with psychedelic carpeting, colored lava lights, an opalescent bar, moon-cratered walls, and a wraparound patio where you can watch the planes depart. Dining here will make you feel like a character in Logan's Run, and it just so happens that this has been used as a flight control in the film Airplane! and the James Bond film Moonraker. The building itself is more of an attraction than the food, which is pretty overpriced and mediocre.

Address and phone number: 209 World Way, Los Angeles. (310) 215- 5151.

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Vintage Place #6: Pann's

If you happen to know the secret shortcut to or from LAX Airport, you're sure to pass this classic, family-owned 1950s diner. It was designed in 1958 by Armet and Davis, the most innovatice of all the "Googie" coffee shop architects. Elvis struts his stuff through the speakers, and if you've entered a total time warp. Pann's was a favorite diner of Marilyn Monroe and can be seen in the film Bewitched, starring Micheal Caine and Nicole Kidman. As for the grub, they serve perfect blueberry pancakes, great burgers, fried chicken with biscuits, and banana splits.

Address and phone number: 6710 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 337- 2860.

An original Pann's menu.
An original Pann's menu.

Vintage Place #7: Long Beach Airport

L.B. Airport is another old-fashioned landing pad. You can picture Lana Turner landing here after a glamourous Palm Springs weekend. It's not only easy as pie to find your way around, but it's adorable, with an Art Deco inspired gift shop and coffee stand. Long Beach also featured great vintage shopping. So, if you're a hard-core hunter, go straight from your flight over to 4th street and go crazy!

Address and phone number: 4100 E. Donald Douglas Dr., Long Beach. (562)570- 2600.

Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport

Vintage Place #8: Meow!

Meticulusly decorated like an old department store, the shop features California's best selection of dead-stock vintage clothing and funky accessories for guys and girls-from the 1940s to the New Wave 80s. Try to avert your eyes from the salvaged neon signs that adorn the walls, the fun array of sparkly go-go dresses, platform shoes, and pop-culture pins and collectibles. Give yourself a few good hours for this store alone. You'll wind up buying everyone you know fun presents.

Address and phone number: 2210 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 438-8990.

Meow! Vintage Clothing store from the outside.
Meow! Vintage Clothing store from the outside.
inside Meow! Vintage clothing store.
inside Meow! Vintage clothing store.

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      PDXBuys 

      4 years ago from Oregon

      Nice hub. I once ate at that Bob's Big Boy. My father's pharmacy was next door... just past the Starbucks. They had vintage autos in the parking lot on the day of my visit. But no Jay Leno sightings...

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