Larry Grossman Signs and Vintage Landmarks

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Larry Grossman is an extremely talented artist from southern California who is featured on metal signs offered at Retro Planet. These dynamic signs reflect Grossman’s passion for the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s and his vibrant style is prefect for capturing historical landmarks as well as fanciful moments in America’s past. With an MFA in film and photography, he has been creating airbrushed images since he was 15 years old. In 1981 he began doing consulting and design work for Disney, while also creating album cover artwork on three albums for Frank Zappa, as well as one for Hank Williams, Jr. His diverse talent also included designing and selling furniture and decor items through his design firm, Art Attack.

In the 1990s Grossman discovered computer graphics and has been creating his artwork with a computer ever since. Subjects of his digital work include historical landmarks (theaters, diners and gas stations) as well as vintage trains, cars and scenes from vintage America. Grossman’s artwork is very collectible, serving as a celebration of our past and a reminder to preserve the architecture, automobiles and other design elements from years gone by.


Santa Fe Super Chief Train

The Santa Fe Railway Super Chief diesel locomotive was known as the “Train of the Stars” because it carried celebrities on its runs between Chicago to Los Angeles. It made its first run in 1936.


Some examples of the landmarks preserved in Grossman’s artwork are vintage diesel locomotives, like the Santa Fe Super Chief. Making its first run in 1936, it was known as the “Train of the Stars” because of the Hollywood clientele that rode the train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Other vintage style signs with Grossman’s art feature night clubs like the last remaining bar on Hollywood Boulevard, known as The Frolic Room. It began as a hospitality lounge for the Pantages Theatre built in 1930. Once frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, The Frolic Room is still open to this day.


Frolic Room Bar

The Frolic Room is the last remaining bar on Hollywood Boulevard. It opened in 1930 as a lounge for the Pantages Theatre.


Pantages Theatre Sign

The Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard opened in Los Angeles in 1930. The Art Deco style theater was built to host vaudeville acts, and later movies. Today it is the area’s leading venue featuring live shows.


Several other historical Hollywood theaters are depicted in beautiful artwork by Grossman, including movie houses like the Hollywood Theater that opened in 1913 on Hollywood Boulevard. It was the second movie theater in Hollywood and only ever served as a movie house, until it closed in 1991. It was remodeled and reopened as the Guinness Book of Records Museum. The Art Deco facade and neon marquee that were added in 1938 still exist, and today the building is on the registry of National Historic Landmarks.


The Hollywood Theatre in Hollywood, California

The second movie theater opened in Hollywood was the Hollywood Theatre in 1913. Although no longer a theater, it is on the registry of National Historic Landmarks.


Other celebrated landmarks enshrined in Grossman’s art include the Tower Theater building, built in 1938 in Sacramento, CA. The building housed the theatre as well as retail stores including Tower Drugs. In addition to medications and makeup, Tower Drugs sold records. This business led to the start of the legendary Tower Records. Their iconic neon sign still stands on the building as a landmark.


Tower Drugs Neon Records Sign

The former Tower Drugs neon store sign still resides on the Tower Theater building in Sacramento, CA. The site is now occupied by the Tower Cafe.


These vintage signs not only celebrate great moments in American history, and feature artwork of a famous and prolific man, they make stunning decorative pieces for your wall decor with exciting vintage themes.

Last updated: Feb 06, 2015
Filed under: Retro Planet Products Tagged with: American art, metal signs, vintage signs, wall art