Los Angeles - May 28, 2010 - Welcome aboard the KCET time machine as the station presents Things That Aren't Here Anymore 3 on Thursday, June 10 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m.), a special that celebrates the most memorable, but now vanished, Southern California and Los Angeles landmarks of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Award-winning Los Angeles journalist Patt Morrison narrates the program. Revisit the nightclubs, restaurants, stores, family attractions and hangouts that created fond memories for a generation of people growing up and living in Southern California.
Music venues like The Starwood, Rodney's English Disco and Pandora's Box, the last billed as the first "teen club" on the Sunset Strip, which helped give legendary groups like The Beach Boys their start;
* Great Los Angeles restaurants, from Tail 'O The Pup, the landmark hot dog stand shaped like an enormous hot dog to Chasen's, the elegant restaurant of choice for Hollywood's elite;
* Family attractions, such as Orange County's Japanese Village and Deer Park, drive-in movie theaters and C.C. Brown's, the famous ice cream parlor on Hollywood Boulevard that according to some invented the ice cream sundae; and
* Great Southern California hang-outs, from Tower Records on the Sunset Strip to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which helped create 80's Valley Girl culture.
Stories and memories of these gone-but-not forgotten locales come to life through the people who experienced these memorable places firsthand, including KROQ radio personality Rodney Bingenheimer, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Cherie Currieof the Runaways, music historian Harvey Kubernik, writer Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Ed Pearl, the owner of the Ash Grove.
Immediately following, KCET airs Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (9:00 - 10:30 p.m.), a remarkable glimpse of The Magic Isle. While exploring historical, social and environmental changes, this documentary captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Santa Catalina Island.
Beginning with the acquisition of the Santa Catalina Island Company in 1919 led by William Wrigley Jr., the film documents the island's architectural achievements. A favorite destination of Big Band Era stars, Marilyn Monroe and former President Ronald Reagan, Catalina Island remains both an ecological paradise and modern day state-of-the-art playground. This program also features interviews with Jean-Michel Cousteau, heirs of the Wrigley family and residents and visitors.
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