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CurbedWire: Toy Factory Pool, Shane Building Memories

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DOWNTOWN: No, the owners of that Toy Factory loft--the one on last weekend's Dwell downtown tour--didn't allow photographs to be taken, but were there any rules about sneaking off the tour and testing out the development's pool? [Curbed Staff]

HOLLYWOOD: Someone wrote in with a great email about the Shane Building at Hollywood and Cherokee, a structure that was referenced in a BuildingSpotter question last October: "All through the '70s and into the late '80s (and maybe longer) this place was owned by Walnut Properties/Pussycat Theatres which was owned by the late Mr. Vincent Miranda and his business partner, the late George Tate. The Hollywood Pussycat Theatre was to the right where the red and white sign is at. UPDATE: Yeah, not the Ramones. But read on![Curbed InBox]

A group once rented the basement and put in a nightclub (I can't remember the name of it, but it was a hot, swinging, infamous place(there was even a murder that happened there; can't remember the year but they painted the outline of the body that the police had drawn on the floor so that it would be there permanently for their patrons delight). That group went on to become the Ramones. I worked for Walnut Poperties/Pussycat Theatres from 1972 to 1974 and then again from 1978 to 1989. I'll never, ever forget it as long as I live." [Curbed InBox]

Toy Factory Lofts

1855 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA