Over on Fairfax, between 3rd and Wilshire, awaits a treasure box called Tini. Short for ‘This Is Not Ikea,” the massive two-story space is overflowing with unique, vintage home decor items handpicked by the ever-tasteful owner, Alexis Hadjopulos, from a multitude of eras that are anything but mass-produced and flat packed in a box.
With everything from Midcentury credenzas, 1940s TV sets, fur coats, chandeliers, superhero lunch pails and 80’s grunge wall posters, and so. so. so. much more, TINI doubles as a museum of the evolutional styles of the American home. You could spend an hour passing through the multiple (and usually themed) back rooms without realizing that your parking meter has been blinking EXPIRED for the last 18 minutes before you even reach the upstairs.
Grauman’s Metropolitan first opened its doors on January 26, 1923. Built shortly after the Million Dollar and the Egyptian Theatres, Sid Grauman spared no expense in creating what would be the largest theatre in all of Southern California.
With a seating capacity of 3,387 seats, the auditorium was enormous. It was the second largest theatre to be built in the West, only behind the Fox Theater in San Francisco, which amazingly had 4,651 seats. The next largest theatre in Los Angeles was the RKO Hillstreet (downtown) with 2,890 seats, which met the same fate of demolition as the two aforementioned movie houses.
It is a rare instance to come upon an abandoned building in Los Angeles that has not been scrapped and gutted, left with none of its original character, much less previous signs of life.
With much patience and a pittance of luck, we came upon a 1913 Beaux Arts tower that still housed plenty of treasures inside. Although the remains pointed to the late ’60s or early ’70s, it was enough to get us excited.
The Hotel Figueroa was built in 1925 as a YWCA. It stands today overlooking Staples Center and the L.A. Live Complex.