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Pandora's Box (nightclub)

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Pandora's Box was a rock and roll nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California It was at the center of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in the mid-1960s1


The club was located at 8118 Sunset Boulevard, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard In 1962, the club was bought by deejay and Shindig! host Jimmy O'Neill O'Neill's trendsetting booking policy made Pandora's Box the center of the Sunset Strip youth scene2

In 1966, annoyed residents and business owners in the district had encouraged the passage of a strict 10:00pm curfew and loitering law to reduce the traffic congestion resulting from crowds of young club patrons1 This was perceived by young, local rock music fans as an infringement on their civil rights, and on Saturday, November 12, 1966, fliers were distributed along the Strip inviting people to demonstrate later that day

Hours before the protest one of LA's rock 'n' roll radio stations announced there would be a rally at Pandora's Box3 The Los Angeles Times reported that as many as 1,000 youthful demonstrators, including such celebrities as Frank Zappa, Sonny and Cher, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda who was afterward handcuffed by police, erupted in protest against the perceived repressive enforcement of these recently invoked curfew laws

In November 1966, the Los Angeles City Council voted to acquire and demolish the club4 The club was demolished in early August 19675 The 1967 film Riot on Sunset Strip is a fictionalized depiction of the events Buffalo Springfield's 1967 hit single "For What It's Worth Stop, Hey, What's That Sound" was written by group member Stephen Stills in response to the riot

See alsoedit

  • Sunset Strip
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • West Hollywood, California
  • London Fog nightclub
  • Roxy Theatre West Hollywood
  • Whisky a Go Go


  1. ^ a b Rasmussen, Cecilia 2007-08-05 "Closing of club ignited the `Sunset Strip riots'" Los Angeles Times 
  2. ^ http://wwwvindicarlopandorasboxsitecom/
  3. ^ Priore, Domenic 2007 Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood Jawbone Press ISBN 978-1-906002-04-6 
  4. ^ Baker, Erwin November 30, 1966 City Moves Swiftly to Condemn Teen Club: Ordinance Will Lead to Buying of Pandora's Box Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ Felton, Dave August 4, 1967 Hippies Pout, Politicians Cheer as Pandora's Box Is Wrecked Los Angeles Times

Coordinates: 34°05′52″N 118°21′59″W / 340978°N 1183664°W / 340978; -1183664

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