Monday, January 26, 2009

The Derby No Longer So Money

Three years ago, preservationists managed to save (or at least, delay) the building housing Los Feliz's Derby night club (and a Louise's outpost_ -- the last standing remnant of the once-popular Brown Derby chain -- from destruction.

At the time, L.A.'s City Council designated the Derby, in its entirety, as a historic cultural monument to the city of Los Angeles. (Check out our posts on the "Save the Derby" campaign here.)

Unfortunately, it looks like now it's the Derby nightclub itself -- made famous thanks to its appearance in the 1996 movie "Swingers," and the swing dance revival craze that followed -- that now needs saving.

According to the L.A. Times, the Derby was recently moved to a month-to-month lease. And now, word is that Sunday night's swing dance night would be the club's last.

Now, Rebecca Goodman -- who was behind the original Save the Derby campaign -- has reignited that website and is once again looking for some help. She writes:
We will continue to work with the Councilman Tom LaBonge, The Cultural Heritage Commission, The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, Hollywood Heritage, The LA Conservancy, and other groups and individuals who care about the rich legacy of Los Angeles, Hollywood's Golden Age and a vibrant, active future for this building.

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