Hoot Hoot I Scream



Source: Unknown. Date: 1935

The Hoot Hoot Cafe was built in the shape of an owl. The head rotated; the eyes, made from Buick headlamps, blinked; the sign: Hoot hoot, I scream, used elements of a theater marquee. For over 50 years, Tillie Hattrup ran this L.A.-area refreshment spot designed and built by her husband, Roy in 1926-27. It was demolished in 1979.

According to information found at Southgate High 56:

The cafe was built at 1201 Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA and stayed there from around 1926-1928. The land was sold to a new owner, and the building relocated to 8404 Long Beach Boulevard, three blocks away. Information from the South Gate Directory, dated July 1st, 1945, shows the building at this address from 1928 – 1949. It relocated again in 1949 to 8711 Long Beach Boulevard, and remained there until its demolition in 1979.[1]

For what it’s worth, I loved this unusual aspect of America – many things of this nature still existed when I was a kid in the 50’s, and they were always great entertainment for motoring families. Another example is the Wigwam Motel in Arizona:


Dated and now somewhat politically incorrect, old motels like this were eye-catching and amusing.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

[1] Information regarding the two South Gate addresses was supplied courtesy of the South Gate Historical Museum.

2 responses to “Hoot Hoot I Scream

  1. Pingback: Carpenter’s Sandwiches, 1932 | Playing in the World Game

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