i remember first going to LA as a teenager and feeling like i was in a time warp of old cars, vintage neon signs, and hamburger joints that had remained the same since the 1950's. being from the more humid, snow-ridden, and dense northeast these sights were new and very exciting for me.
as i am still a fan of such retro kitsch (in moderation), i was excited to see an ad for a vintage slideshow performance by charles phoenix in the auditorium of a local denver elementary school. he provided hilarious commentary to slides from the 50s and 60s that were layered with odd, funny, and sometimes frightening people and their homes. one of my favorite parts of the night was hearing about his appearance on the martha stewart show and how martha yelled at him when he pointed out similarities between pumpkins she decorated and one of his old photos. and then yelled at him again when he hinted she might be a bridezilla.
his love for old things in tacky increased my desire to check out some old and apparently fabulous sites in colorado. who new my new state contained such wonders?
1. casa bonita
a huge theme restaurant that first opened in 1974, casa bonita offers mariachi singers, flame throwers, cliff divers, 4 different themes dining rooms (one of which is the sleeping beauty room) AND horrible "mexican" food. one friend described the burritos to me in the following way, "you know those frozen burritos you bought in 1984 that you think are still somewhere in the back your freezer? well, casa bonito found them, defrosted them, and serves them daily!"
the north pole was built in 1956 so we could all visit santa and his home all year round!
i wonder if the mine ride still exists? it looks VERY exciting! i adore riding in circles, especially if there is a cute donkey pulling me along.
there are two more i've already seen and want to share but this post is getting long and as i said earlier, i like my kitsch in moderation.
have a great weekend!