Silver Lake’s Circus of Books prepares for its final chapter

SILVER LAKE — Before guys hooked up via apps and watched porn online, there was Circus of Books. The Sunset Junction shop and the original in West Hollywood once thrived selling adult magazines, videos, DVDs, novelties and, as the company website points out, lubricants. But now it appears that the Silver Lake store’s days are numbered.

The exterior of the corner storefront has been stenciled with the words “Going Going Going” while its Facebook page announces an upcoming art show – Everything Must Go – that it says will serve as a celebration of the Silver Lake shop before it closes for good. “Before the Silverlake location shutters its doors in the coming months, an exhibition is being mounted to celebrate this last great holdout of grit and counterculture,” according to the exhibition announcement.

A person at the Silver Lake store on Tuesday said that the Circus of Books in West Hollywood, which is owned by the same owners, will remain open.  It’s not clear what will move into the Silver Lake shop at the corner Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue.

In a 2011 first-person story, Rachel Mason, daughter of bookstore owners Karen and Barry Mason,  tells how her parents bought the store in West Hollywood, which at the time was named Book Circus, about 40 years ago. They expanded into Silver Lake in the 1980s.

Rachel Mason writes:

After my parents realized they could manage a store, they replicated the business in Silverlake. The second store has big mural on the side of it. When they first started the business back in the 80’s, gangs constantly sprayed over each others’ tags on the store’s exterior walls. One day my dad approached one of the taggers and asked what he could do to make them stop. They said if he let an artist make a mural and sign his name to it, no one would ever graffiti up the building anymore. So my dad paid him to spray a mural which stayed on the building for nearly 20 years.

The Eastsider has contacted Mason for more details.

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