The Paramount Pest Control building on Riverside Drive sits in the shadow of the concrete ramps of the 2 and 5 freeway interchange. But the relatively simple Elysian Valley building with Art Deco styling manages to attract attention, thanks to a large “Paramount Pest Control Service” sign and a green-and-black color scheme. The approximately 4,000-square-foot building constructed in 1933 housed a drug store before it became home to the offices of Paramount Pest Control, said screen writer Larry Sulkis, who purchased the building nine years ago with his cousin. No chemicals were stored in the building, which Paramount used for offices, Sulkis said.
Today, Sulkis uses the second floor above the Paramount sign as his office and rents out the ground floor, which was recently used to shoot a Katy Perry video. He recently leased half of the first floor to a camera rental company and is looking for a tenant to fill the remaining space that includes a mezzanine.
While the pest and termite control company has been long gone, Sulkis has no plans to take down the Paramount signage.
“We love that sign. We think it’s way cool,” said Sulkis. “We don’t plan on taking that down.”
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