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Monday, September 26, 2016

Where is the next landing spot for the owners of Spaceland?

Music promoter Mitchell Frank announced earlier this week that his influential Club Spaceland would be leaving its longtime Silver Lake home and that he would open a new venue featuring DJs, dance music and electronica. That has some folks speculating where Frank, who also operates The Echo and EchoPlex in Echo Park, will open up his new club. Frank, in an interview with Pop & Hiss, didn’t get too specific about the location he has in mind:

“It’s pretty badass. It’s got flavor all around. It’s somewhere between east Hollywood and downtown. I don’t want to jinx it, but when you find out you’ll be like “Oh, OK, that’s it.”

A reader comment on Pop & Hiss and The Eastsider suggested that Frank’s new club would take over another Silver Lake nightspot, Los Globos, a Latin nightclub on Sunset Boulevard at Vendome Street. The Eastsider, during a quick drive down Sunset Boulevard, went in search of other options for this nightclub guessing game. How about the abandoned Sunset-Pacific Motel, which just happens to be across the street from Malo, the Mexican restaurant and bar operated by Frank’s Spaceland Productions. If Frank wants a multi-level club with a view, then perhaps an empty, seven-story Sunset Boulevard office building between Echo Park and downtown might be of interest. However, the see-through building that once housed the Metropolitan Water District does need a lot of work as is listed at $9.2 million.

The Eastsider sent Frank an email asking about Los Globos and the location of his new venue. His reply: “No comment.”

Photos from Google Maps, Grubb & Ellis & Curbed L.A.



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13 comments

  1. So now you’re making up complete rumors and reporting them as journalism? And they’re not even intelligent “rumors!” Like he’s going to want an 8+ story building? Or the old hotel that would have to be torn down and build anew to become a nightclub, and then be on a fairly small lot for it? Did you have some reason to suggest that Los Globos should be put out of business?

    Stop inventing rumors!

  2. @ Mark

    I know for sure that Los Globos was on the market back in 2008:
    http://la.curbed.com/archives/2008/01/still_on_the_ma_1.php

    May still be for sale…that was the first spot that came to mind for me when i read about this.

  3. there’s no rumor – they own the building and operate the echo and the echoplex. what else needs discussion?

  4. there’s a huge space being gutted right now on sunset as we speak. near the fire station by the laundromat, almost directly across the street from where Spacecraft will be opening. could that be it?

  5. I recall hearing many years ago that the Spaceland owner had some interest in the marquee space next door to Elf Cafe. That space, for whatever reason, has sat vacant for a very long time.

  6. Eaaaaaasy there, Mark. Those purported “complete rumors” look to be just simple (and even tongue-in-cheek) speculation. And if such harmless hypothesizing is wrong, I don’t want Eastsider LA to be right.

  7. @ pete. That’s going to be the new West Coast headquarters for PETA:
    http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2010/03/bob-barker-to-dedicate-future-peta-offices-in-echo-park/

  8. Los Globos seems the most likely. Great location, an existing liquor license that could be transferred and a parking lot. The second two on that list make that place especially desirable.

    And it has been on and off the market for years. If he were to buy he would never have to worry about future conflicts like a bad deal made with the owner of the venue, as seemed to be the case @ Spaceland. My money is on Los Globos.

  9. My strong bet is the empty space that used to be a laundry mat on Sunset next to that historic gay bar (in Sunset junction, across from the new K2). The permit situation with the bar is such that you could potentially (with a lot of help from permitting consultants!) actually make the entire building into a performance venue. There is a lot of parking in the lot next door, which is part of the same property.

  10. the old theater is going to be a restaurant – the space next to the laundry in sunset junction is supposedly going to be a restaurant called blossom – and the hotel needs to be retrofit something fierce – does los globos really have “flavor all around” or just hipsters?

  11. my bet is the old Vertigo space on Temple.

  12. If Boyle Heights is “downtown” as some claim, it could be the Paramount on Brooklyn Ave. I know that place fits like 800 people and heard they booked Mars Volta for next year.

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