sparklesanchez

Alex Nishimoto

Motor Trend writer, history buff, Disneyphile, car guy, theatre geek, collector of cool stuff, life-like human imitation.

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Now I can tell #KaiFujio he’s been on the #Disneyland #Skyway gondolas—even if he never left the ground. #thatsfromdisneyland #disneylandskyway #vonroll
The #ValleyRelics museum’s last day open was Kai’s first outing ever, and he did great! He lasted long enough for us to check out all the #vintagesigns and other cool stuff. The museum is moving to a bigger building at the Van Nuys airport. Apparently, the current location is only big enough to display half the collection. We’ll visit the new museum when it opens in October, but I wanted to see the original before everything gets packed up for the move. Kai, get used to seeing old stuff like this! #valleyrelicsmuseum #vintageneon #neonsigns #bobsbigboy #pioneerchicken #dadlife #kaifujio
This is an adventure. #dadlife
Happy #MemorialDay ! Just an FYI, this account is going to have 50-100% more baby photos soon. No hard feelings if you want to unfollow, but you’ll miss out on some severe cuteness.
Also last weekend: got a very quick tour of the #GambleHouse for #MuseumsoftheArroyoDay . It was super crowded and they didn’t allow pictures inside but it was a good intro to a very cool house. Can’t wait to go back for a full tour. #greeneandgreene #artsandcraftsstyle #architecture #oldpasadena #BacktotheFuture
More from the #LAtimes tour. The building dates to #1935 , but the paper is much older than that (1881). The bronze eagle used to be on their 1910 headquarters. #ArtDeco #streamlinemoderne #architecture #dtla
From last weekend’s #LAtimes building tour. The magnificent #GlobeLobby is rich in L.A. history and #artdeco details. The Times is moving to El Segundo (right down the street from Motor Trend) at the end of June. They’re still deciding whether they’ll leave the globe here or take it with them. #architecture #dtla #1935 #streamlinemoderne
More from the State Theatre. The first three shots are from the basement, where a restaurant once operated in the #1920s . #dtla #historiccore #architecture #moviepalace
The Loew’s State Theatre from @official_lahtf ’s All About tour last month. Opened in 1921, the #StateTheatre has been off limits to the public for 20 years because it was leased to a church. The church has since vacated, opening the door for a new tenant and the possibility of restoration. #dtla #moviepalace #architecture #1920s #historiccore #bringingbackbroadway
Said goodbye to #DontheBeachcomber today. Rumor has it that the business will live on and move but the 60-year-old building is done for. The staff doesn't seem to know what's going on, but in just the hour or so we were there, workers had started taking down decorations. So clearly the place doesn't have much time left. A very sad end to a historic place rich in Polynesian theming. Glad I got to see it one more time. #SamsSeafood #tikibar #tiki
#fbf to the #EarlCarrollTheater tour with @official_lahtf last month. I can't wait to see what the new owners do with the place. #EarlCarroll #architecture #artdeco #hollywoodhistory
This motel was demolished today but luckily the sign is intact (for now). Hoping it and the other amazing historic #Reno signs that are threatened can be preserved. #vintageneon #vintagesigns #midcenturymodern #ElRayMotel
Unicorn spotted! #BMWZ1
My first time passing through #GuadalupeCA . What a cool little town. It was a surprise to see a Japanese name on the #SethThomas clock in the middle of town. The Katayama family ran a jewelry store in the 1920s. The clock remained even after they went out of business (guessing due to Japanese internment), and in 2016 it was restored to working condition. Very cool to see Japanese-American history being honored in this small town. #Highway1 #CabrilloHighway #SantaBarbaraCounty #architecture #vintagesigns #antiques
From our Presidents' Day weekend trip up the coast. #Lompoc #LompocTheatre #ValleyDrivein #architecture #vintagesigns #LompocCA
This is a cool car--not just a "cool for a Kia" car but a genuine object of desire. #KiaStingerGT
Thanks for the memories, 2017! #bestnine
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