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MONSTER MASKS, BUSTS, PROPS => MASS PRODUCED HALLOWEEN MASKS => Topic started by: The Maskahuna on October 20, 2014, 02:45:36 PM

Title: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: The Maskahuna on October 20, 2014, 02:45:36 PM
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This frivolous post was inspired in equal parts by the "Monster Daze" chapter
of lblambert's new DPS Book and another volume from my library featuring
photos of famous movie locations then and now.

The "Monster Daze" show itself probably needs no introduction to most HMA
members. What you may not know is that the building still stands, looking
very much as it always has. Better yet, it's only a few miles from where I live.

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/537/fPMeqe.jpg)

I hopped in my car yesterday to run an errand nearby and stopped on the
way over. It barely took five minutes. Yes, this must be the place ...

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Here's the site as it looked on the day before Halloween 1965
with the stage all set for an afternoon of monstrous fun ~

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Here it is now, still recognizable nearly fifty years later ~

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The stage would've occupied that stretch of wall where the palms are. Those
painted lines on the driveway are visible in one of the vintage images in
lblambert's book ~

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/674/IxRHUn.jpg)

Incidentally, I brought a very special passenger along with me
for our nostalgic visit: one of the show-used display heads ~

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On the way back home, a sign at the gateway to a shopping plaza
caught my eye. Could it be? Could it be?

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I pulled into the parking lot for a closer look ... nope, not what I expected, lol!

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As day turned to dusk, I couldn't help but regret that eternal night has
long since descended on the creative talents who brought us Unimart
"Monster Daze" ...

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If they ever invent a time machine in my lifetime,
I think you'll know where to find me ...

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/155/jmatthewsatunimartma8.png)
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: lblambert on October 20, 2014, 05:41:06 PM
I absolutely love this post, Huna!

I didn't know much about the Unimart Monster Daze shows when I started the book. The more I leaned about them, the more I came to realize these shows really were the high water mark for the Monster Kid phenomena. If you ever get that time machine, I hope it has room for a passenger!
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: bigcat1114 on October 24, 2014, 12:32:23 AM
What a great post! I love the now and then photos! At least the building still stands and is very recognizable. Amazing!
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: zotzcoin on October 24, 2014, 02:54:56 AM
When I was a kid in the sixties, my family used to shop at Unimart all the time.  I have spent years wondering how I could have missed seeing the legendary Unimart monster show!  And here it is.  Norwalk?  Where the heck is Norwalk?  The Unimart we always went to was in Burbank!  So, thanks to the mighty Kahuna I have an answer.  The exterior architecture for the Burbank Unimart was identical to the location in Norwalk.  When I'd seen photos of the event, I assumed I was looking at the Burbank store.  So my parents didn't deliberately keep me from attending the show!  Whew!  I can finally stop doubting their love...  Thanks, 'huna!     :)
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: Pete-I on October 29, 2014, 02:42:51 PM
Amazing stuff 'Huna!!!
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: xxRAGMANxx on October 30, 2014, 09:48:34 AM
Pretty damn cool. \m/
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: gracebuster on November 08, 2014, 12:07:15 PM
An amazing post, Huna. In this day and age, it's astounding that that business shell still exists.

 Rob, where was the UNIMART in Burbank?
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: zotzcoin on November 08, 2014, 10:29:58 PM
I knew the Unimart we would always go to was in Burbank (and had an AWESOME toy department!), but I didn't remember exactly where.  So I did a little digging and guess what?  The building is still there!  Check out the architecture of the store front the space ship's sticking out from!  2311 North Hollywood Way, Burbank California.  Unimart - Still a cool place, fifty years later!


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Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: prestonjjrtr on November 08, 2014, 11:39:04 PM
Love the crashed saucer in their storefront !!  How awesome and creative is that.  Love that pic !! 
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: TheBatHound on November 11, 2014, 08:44:41 PM
GREAT history there!
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: Mask Guy on November 14, 2014, 01:18:29 PM
Sorry I'm late to the party. LOVE this post Huna!!! I always wondered what the Norwalk store looks like now! I'm amazed my parents never took me to that show. At the time of the Unimart shows, we lived in Glendale, a mere 30 miles away, and they knew I was into masks & monsters! I was 6 yrs old, a perfect age to enjoy it!
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: Gory Glenn on January 14, 2015, 03:33:11 PM
Great post Maskahuna! I grew up in Artesia, CA and this Unimart was 15 minutes from my house. Bought most of my Aurora monster models there as well as an Ideal Haunted House game (who remembers these).

(http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/ideal-haunted-house/7.jpg)

Sadly, I don't remember Monster Daze.  :(
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: The Maskahuna on January 02, 2018, 03:56:19 PM
'A sad update to report on the old building: I drove past
the site this morning and this is what I saw ~

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/gqw6b9.jpg)

Like The HMA itself, even nostalgic sites can have an expiration date ~

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Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: prestonjjrtr on January 02, 2018, 05:03:47 PM
Oh no, what a heartbreak to see that it has been demolished.  :(
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: Josh on January 03, 2018, 12:37:12 AM
Jeez, thats a depressing pic
Title: Re: Following the Unimart trail
Post by: Gory Glenn on January 04, 2018, 11:51:56 AM
My inner monster kid is sad.
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