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    Save The Derby!

    Remember the nightclub in "Swingers"? The Derby. Well, by know you've probably heard that it's in danger. The Bad News: The land was sold and the new landowners want to demolish the Derby to put up luxury condos in its place.
    This building which dates from 1928 was once owned by the great Cecil B. DeMille. It is one of the original Brown Derby restuarants and the last one still intact. It is even more famous as "the nightclub in Swingers." Clearly, the Swingers team put themselves and the Derby on the "map." Like its counterpart, the "Dresden Room" - the Derby is a cherished piece of Los Feliz. Everyone loves it. Bet you do too.
    The Derby is set in an elegant 100-by-35 foot room lined on one wall with six private booths hung with burgundy velvet curtains. Near the entrance is a heavy 1930 Brunswick pool table. Anchoring the center of the room is an ornate oval bar that saw service in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. This is the drama in which Joan Crawford said the immortal line "People have to drink somewhere. Why not here?"--and for which she won an Academy Award. In those days, it was known as the Brown Derby, a favorite of many Hollywood stars.
    The Good News: Save the Derby Coalition is fighting to save the Derby before we lose yet another reminder of old Hollywood glamour to the developers' wrecking ball. Our Coalition includes the LA Conservancy, Hollywood Heritage and numerous neighborhood groups in the Los Feliz area plus thousands of concerned citizens.
    Thank you and long live the Derby!
    http://www.savethederby.com/
    Last edited by ALIASd; 11-10-2005 at 10:59 AM.
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    Angry Re: Save The Derby!

    NO!!!!!
    I've been waiting 8 years for this coming march to come simply so that I was old enough to get into the Derby!
    They can't take it away now!

    ps. do you swing dance?

    Regina

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    Re: Save The Derby!

    Not so much, but my best friend and many other friends have been regulars there for years. It's a gorgeous room and filled with history-ladden fun and memories.
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    Re: Save The Derby!

    I hate it when places like the derby are in danger, look at the Ambassador hotel, it pisses me off

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    Re: Save The Derby!

    ^That is a genuine loss to the city of Los Angeles, for many reasons as well. The Coconut Grove alone, at very least, should have been spared.
    It's been used for last few years as a location site for many films and TV shows ranging from "That Thing You Do!" to "ALIAS" to "Domino", so at least been preserved on film in it's later years. The L.A. Conservancy fought the good fight for a long time on this property but finally went down.
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