PHOTOS: Tower Records Site Through the Years

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A 1940 photo of Sunset and Holloway shows Dolores Restaurant in the top-right, where Tower Records would eventually be constructed. Dolores, originally an Oklahoma chain, was a drive-in restaurant. There were a number in LA at the time.

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Click below to see the site as Muntz Stereo & CB Center.

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Gary Helsinger
Gary Helsinger
2 months ago

Your photo of the Madman Muntz store is not the one that was at the location at 8801 Sunset. I worked at Tower in 1987. Here’s my post on our FB group with Ed Ruscha’s photos of the Muntz building https://www.facebook.com/groups/10164619257/permalink/10159174145049258/ You can find pics of every single building on the entire strip from 1966-2007 online detailing Ed Rusha’s 12 Sunsets project. https://12sunsets.getty.edu/map/1985?d=0.42256 The Muntz building was originally built as a free standing model of one apt unit in the Shorehman Apt being built a half block up on Horn Ave. Muntz took over that building and used the original… Read more »

georgevreelandhill2010

It was THE place for the music scene in Los Angeles.

George Vreeland Hill

joe cholik
joe cholik
2 months ago

When I was there, 60s…it was Wallack’s Music City(Sunset and Vine) that was the center of the music world in LA

shoreham-6
shoreham-6
7 years ago

The presence of a 2000s-era Lexus in the Muntz shot makes it obvious that’s not the site in the 1960s. Your photo is of the Muntz facility in Ventura, CA (at 2834 E Main St).

Henry E. (Hank) Scott
Henry E. (Hank) Scott(@henry-scott)
7 years ago
Reply to  shoreham-6

The photo caption does not say that it was taken in the 1960s.

Don C
Don C
8 years ago

As permanent as anything else in L.A.

Matto
8 years ago

Wow…I remember standing in line for hours to meet Oingo Boingo at their final meet-n-greet there. Drove all the way from Bakersfield.

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