Moose Gym in old Elks Lodge circa 1951

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Richard Schave

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Oct 29, 2013, 12:22:24 PM10/29/13
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Dear Friends:

I can across this reference yesterday and wanted to share in the hopes
that there might be some feedback from from this list.


"The Main Street Gym burned down in 1951 and was replaced almost
immediately by the Moose Gym at the top of the old Angels' Flight,
which itself was replaced by the new Main St. Gym -- across the street
from the original one."

http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Main_Street_Gym_(Los_Angeles)

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Richard

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Oct 29, 2013, 2:00:49 PM10/29/13
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Richard,
 
That's a very confusing sentence. Was "the top of the old Angels' Flight . . . replaced by the new Main St. Gym"? And I'm still trying to figure out why the Main Street Gym was half a dozen blocks west of Main Street. The Moose Gym was located in the former Elk's Lodge building, which by the 1950s was called the Royal Apartments, on the southeast corner of Olive and Third. Incidentally, one famous Main Street gym was Harry Kabakoff's upstairs Olympic Gym at 318-1/2 S. Main. It was featured in a wonderful 3-minute, uninterrupted shot in Kiss Me Deadly.
 
Jim Dawson
 
 
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Oct 29, 2013, 6:11:58 PM10/29/13
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That is rather awkward.  By saying the "Main Street Gym burned down in 1951 and was replaced almost immediately by the Moose Gym" that implies the Moose Gym began in 1951?  I think what the original author is intending to connote is that the folk who frequented the Main St gym, in its newfound absence, immediately made the Moose Gym their new home.  (And then those Main St habitués apparently moved back to Main St when a new gym, across the street from the former one, opened.)

The Moose Gym had a long pre-1951 history.  After the Moose installed their officers at 300 S Olive in December 1926, they began having boxing there in pretty short order -- there are, for example, a number of notices in the 1931 papers about how the Southern Pacific Association staged amateur matches as eliminations for the '32 Olympic boxing team.  In 1951 the World Lightweight King, Jimmy Carter, boxed four rounds there to great acclaim.  The Moose Gym/Royal Apartments fell in the fall of '62.

Nathan
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