PHOTOS: Tower Records Site Through the Years

Wed, Mar 27, 2013   By Staff    5 Comments

In 2012’s “Rock of Ages,” starring Tom Cruise, the Sunset Strip is recreated to show some of WeHo’s most famous rock landmarks from the 1980s.

Tower Records is included, as well as The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, Filthy McNasty’s (now the Viper Room), Gazzarri’s (now Key Club), Book Soup and Ben Frank’s eatery (now Mel’s Diner).

Above, see a scene from the movie set in the recreated Tower Records store.


Read about the history of Tower Records here.

Read “In ‘Unchartered Territory,’ WeHo Historic Preservation Commission Delays Tower Records Decision,” here.


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  1. georgevreelandhill2010Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    It was THE place for the music scene in Los Angeles.

    George Vreeland Hill

  2. Henry (Hank) ScottSun, Aug 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

    The photo caption does not say that it was taken in the 1960s.

  3. shoreham-6Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

    The presence of a 2000s-era Lexus in the Muntz shot makes it obvious that’s not the site in the 1960s. Your photo is of the Muntz facility in Ventura, CA (at 2834 E Main St).

  4. Don CSat, Oct 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

    As permanent as anything else in L.A.

  5. MattoThu, Aug 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Wow…I remember standing in line for hours to meet Oingo Boingo at their final meet-n-greet there. Drove all the way from Bakersfield.

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