An abandoned retro gas station in Los Feliz, Los Angeles is set to become a new multi-purpose community space this summer. The Service Station was adopted by three friends, Rachelle House, David Skinner, Clay Tatum and Phil Crowe over a year ago: all curious about the space, all equipped with the idea to turn the disused lot into an energetic, creative place. With hands in art and set design departments in the film industry, they wanted to utilize shipping containers by repurposing them into offices, simultaneously offering movie nights, art openings, temporarily retail and more. Their goal: provide a ‘fresh and creative marketplace where start-up companies and individuals can flourish, develop their products and make their mark. As well as give more established companies a chance to let their hair down, experiment and show what they do best.’
The residents of neighboring apartment complexes have shown positive support for the project, eager for a beautification of a neglected vicinity and no doubt eager to see their property value rise in future. For The Service Station team, passionate for film, their extensive movie night screening will likely replenish the cultural void of Los Feliz, Atwater and Silver Lake, sometimes starved of local open air community venues. With a strong architectural base, this up cycling of yesteryears relics continues to glitter the Los Angeles city flatlands but in this case, contribute to a growing entrepreneurial community.
With the number of set designers available in the area, it’s a surprise more members of the moving image community aren’t looking to revive forgotten locations for cultural exchange.
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