Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times
On a recent trip to the city archives, the Daily Mirror looked into the agenda packets for the Los Angeles Police Commission. We found an investigation of an application for a cafe permit at Pandora–later Pandora’s Box–8118 Sunset Blvd. The file reveals attitudes toward gays, includes an account of an arrest for prostitution, takes a look at jazz (those cats were noisy), describes the neighborhood (which also included the Garden of Allah and Sherry’s) and shows the challenges faced by restaurant operators–and police–in the 1950s.
“Location frequented by prostitutes and homosexuals,” hearing examiner said.