November 1965




December 1965




December 1965




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February 1966




April 1967




April 1967

The DJ Club
 5955 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

Previously home to the Van Nuys Moose Lodge, the spot became "The Scorpion", which dubiously called itself the 'World's Largest Coffee House'. Regardless of the claim, the hip joint offered fine foods and exotique drinks until 2AM. The beatniks were gone and "The Nickelodeon" stepped in, offering 'dancing and dixie' from the roaring 20's.

Soon enough, the honky tonk was finished. By the mid-1960's playwright William Jarvis took over and named the venue, Comedy Theater. Jarvis had been the director Encino's Children's Arts Theatre in 1956. In 1965, Jarvis asked parents to enter their children for the "Little Miss San Fernando Beauty Pageant". According to the ad, 'Talent Not Required'. Jarvis kept the entertainment going for a few years, staging a number of children's theater shows before expanding to a restaurant with live theater for adults.

In 1967, an application to shift the venue to cafe dancing, entertainment and pool room was requested. The DJ Club opened in February 1967. Owner Maurice Cahn said he wanted to open a place "where teenagers and young adults can go for inexpensive fun." The Valley hotspot opened daily at 6PM, offering dancing and dining, and records played by girl disc jockeys.

Clearly the soft drinks were spiked; a year later it was reported that the manager of a Van Nuys bar was held by police for a hammer attack on a patron who refused to leave. The suspect, David Earl Hanks ran the tavern known as "Bonnie and Clyde's", and gave his address as 5955 Van Nuys Blvd. For two minutes, the venue was also known as "London House".

Almost a decade later, as the landscape changed, so did the establishments. The pizza and soft drinks joint became the "Cat's Meow" - girls over 18 admitted free. The venue expanded and became the Bottoms Up Bar, resulting in a few arrests for nudity in 1971. The feline fun didn't last long when the area became inundated with cheap auto parts stores. By 1977, the ever-changing teenage dance club became "Mother Trucker" - everything for vans, pickups, trucks and 4x4's.

By the 1980's, the only inexpensive thing available for young adults was oak daybeds, since the latest proprietor was the furniture store Innerhouse.




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July 1967




July 1967

The Liverpool Shop / Lady Liverpool Boutique
 5955 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

Nestled among the many art galleries on La Cienega, the small space in West Hollywood was the Joseph Massa Gallery in the late 1950's. It became the Durant-Jamon Gallery a while later. By the time Liverpool was no longer happening, art returned to the spot and the Julie Dohan Gallery was making it happen.




October 1967




October 1967




October 1967



            



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