Tom Mix and his trusty steed Tony
Tom Mix was Selig studio’s Western star- he always wore his trademark 10-gallon cowboy hat. Fox Lane in SL 70 is named after Eponymous Fox Studios founder William Fox who came to the neighborhood later in 1917. Fox bought Selig studios which were struggling financially at that time.
Fox had played Selig studio silent films (among other studios like Boigraph, Essanay, Kalem, Lubin, Pathe, Vitagraph), in his numerous East Coast movie theaters. Starting in 1915, Fox expanded from building and buying movie theaters to also producing films. The Selig studio was Fox’s first studio on the West Coast. He wasn’t there long though, a year later in 1918, Fox moved from the Selig lot, which was .75 acres to a 15-acre site at Sunset and Western. After Fox left the Selig studio changed owners a few times and then fell into disrepair and was demolished. The advent of Sound in motion pictures, known as “talkies” in the 1930s and the rapid expansion of the movie industry in Los Angeles, quickly left humble Elendale behind as filmmakers moved to more glitzy and glamorous Hollywood. Does a bit of “silent era movie magic” still linger in the air? It is rumored that Charlie Chaplin invented his famous little tramp character here. Perhaps it does.
Glendale Blvd is a major thoroughfare. It reminds me a lot of Olympic Blvd in Miracle Mile, although it is much shorter. Six lanes of traffic traveling both ways. SL 70 is very close of the entrance to the 2 freeway which takes you straight to Glendale, and the 5 FWY which will take you to Burbank. Downtown Los Angeles is a hop, skip, and a jump. Not to mention you live in Echo Park/Silverlake.
SL70’s location isn’t very walkable. The length of Glendale Blvd from Sunset to the (2) FWY doesn’t have that many points of interest right now. I expect in the future to see more business move in as the area is currently undergoing an urban renaissance. There is a hip Hot Yoga studio right next store called Modo Yoga and a Vintage Record Store, Mono Records, to pick up some rare vinyl. If you are a musician Bedrock studios will be right up your ally- you can rent a practice space there. Bedrock also has a cool pinball room for retro gaming. More likely than not you will be doing your grocery shopping at Vons at Glendale and Montana (I love the architecture of that place, reminds me of Lautner’s Garcia House).
SL70 may not be very walkable, however, it is absolutely bikable. you are just a short bike to Silverlake Reservoir and dog park, although SL70 has a small dog park on site and all the business and restaurants on Sunset Blvd.
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