Carolina West

5607 W. Century Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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outerlimits101 on August 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Back in the 60’s, myself and several friends had so much fun going to the club to meet people and dance all night. One person in particular I met was Rhoda McCullough, she was great.

I sure would like to find some memorabilia regarding Carolina Lanes, Carolina Pines and Carolina West.

Please contact me at .

Thanks, Steve

kencmcintyre on December 15, 2009 at 9:39 am

Adios. Status should be changed to closed/demolished.

kencmcintyre on December 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm

The bulldozers have been parked, but no demolition. Maybe the ghosts of strippers past are keeping them at bay.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Here are a couple of photos before the demolition starts. The doors at the back say “Carolina West Disco Entrance”.

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm

They put a Wally Park ad on the big sign yesterday.

I took a look at the LA Times archive-there was an aircraft plant on this site in WW II that apparently was torn down in the 1950s. The bowling alley, Carolina Lanes, opened around 1960. There was also a restaurant in the building called Carolina Pines. Later on the restaurant became the nightclub Carolina West, as already has been pointed out.

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm

LA Times story today about the impending demolition. I will take some photos when they start bulldozing. Poor displaced strippers.

adbmf80 on August 23, 2009 at 7:48 pm

unfortunately the club has finally closed down last night and is scheduled for demolition to expand lax airport

adbmf80 on July 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

i have been to the back part of the club and it still has the night club and bowling alley intact. they are just not ujsing that part of the building anymore. the club is set to close down on august 31st 2009

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I didn’t provide the seat count. I think the Century aka related to the first post on 3/13/07.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2008 at 7:45 pm

I would guess it was already a nightclub in 1967 then, and it had an adult movie theatre as one of its attractions. But it doesn’t appear at all- not even among the porn movies- in the listings of the L.A. Times for February 10, 1971, the earliest Times listings I have at hand.

The place was called Carolina West Century Lounge (a.k.a. Century Theatre) when it was reviewed for this web site, surely within our current decade (Internets being fairly new and all.) After reading the description of what goes on there, I urgently desire never to visit it, and especially not to touch anything within it.

I still suspect the building of having been built as a bowling alley, if it wasn’t a nightclub from the beginning. It’s all wrong (and in the wrong location) for a big movie theater.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2008 at 7:27 am

Joe, this was listed under movie theaters in the Los Angeles Yellow Pages, circa 1967. The name at that time was Carolina West.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2008 at 6:02 am

In fact, now that I think about it, this building looks like one of those big bowling centers that began popping up all around L.A. in the 1950s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2008 at 5:52 am

The Assessor’s Office says this 30,000 square foot building was built in 1959. It doesn’t look to me like it was ever a movie theater. I don’t remember there being one in that area, either.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Here are some photos I took today. Before the jokes start, it should be noted that I pulled into the lot, took the pictures and drove away. I did scare away a business-type guy who was sitting in his car. He probably thought I was a divorce lawyer.

kencmcintyre on May 11, 2007 at 5:03 pm

Are we talking about the Nudes Nudes Nudes place? I didn’t know it had a real name.

MagicLantern on March 13, 2007 at 1:43 pm

The address is actually 5607 West Century Boulevard. It’s now known as the Century Theatre, although it’s uncertain the last time they actually showed films there.