Pandora’s Box was a coffee house and music venue on Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. Starting in the late 50s, the club hosted jazz acts and later acts like Sonny and Cher. It was one of the main clubs that sparked the 1966 riot on Sunset Strip. The club and others like it were accused of snarling traffic, excess noise, and harboring teenage drinking and drug use. The club was demolished in early August 1967 (Wikipedia and Domenic Priore’s “Riot on Sunset Strip.”)
The crew for Tartantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has rebuilt Pandora’s Box on Ivar and Yucca. As far as we know, the movie’s timeline is limited to 1969. Maybe there is a flashback. But Brad Pitt’s Wardrobe in these shots and the bus ads appear to be true to 1969. Rain Friday night threatened the shoot, but by Saturday afternoon the skies were once again passable for a summer’s day in 1969.
More photos after the break!
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