Venue Spotlight: The Fonda

Sitting not too far from the world famous intersection Hollywood and Vine, The Fonda Theatre resides. One of the oldest buildings in the land, it was built a few years before The Great Depression as a legit theater for the picture shows (the cool term back in the day), this place has seen many highs and lows over the years. One of the biggest downfalls being when they had to close their doors in the late 70’s. Thankfully though, it was reopened back in 1985 and has been the site of many amazing shows since then like Halsey, Motion City Soundtrack and more.

Like many venues in this city, it does get the typical LA crowd AKA the people in the “industry” who view going out as more of a chore than a choice or pleasure but nevertheless, The Fonda does bring out the super fans. Take that time not too long ago when The Rolling Stones decided to play there. I remember watching the news that night and seeing women as old as my mom just taken aback by what had just gone down not too far from where that newscaster was shoving a mic in her face. The beauty of music, you can’t beat it – right?

Contact Info:

Address: 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone Number: 323-464-6269
Website: Fonda Theatre

A Favorite Fonda Memory

Small town kids are always amazed by things. It’s not our fault, we were just bred with very little to look at. Just yesterday I saw a mountain topped with snow from an airplane and my face resembled that of a child meeting Santa Claus for the first time. With that, my life with blogging has seen as many highs and lows as The Fonda but we’re not going to focus on the crap, oh no – we’re going to talk about one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do; in my mind.

Other than Linkin Park’s publicist really taking a liking to me and inviting me to an album listening event there, and the Backstreet Boy’s 20th anniversary, this other memory is up there. So I was at work in Santa Monica, not dressed for any sort of event – hell, even today my outfit choices are questionable. Ensemble aside, I get a call from someone at a site I’d been writing for at the time. It wasn’t paid, but I was a naive kid just out of college who had some sort of “in.” So I get this call and it’s to go to some All Time Low event to watch this and that, and it’d be followed by a Q&A. At the time, me and my roommate were sort of a little too into them, her more than me, so I jumped at the opportunity, texted her and a few hours later there I was with her as my plus one.

We sat upstairs along with Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, we ate free food provided by the band’s label and I interviewed their drummer – asking him about McDonald’s toys. It’s one of those nights you don’t think you’ll have when you’re sitting in your small town room watching MTV, when it had music. Since then I’ve had the chance to interview All Time Low once more, and even interned at their label. Not bad for the girl who grew up with little around her but the hope she’d get out someday.

 

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