Miracle Mile Historical Photo Collection

The Darkroom, circa 1972

The Darkroom was a Miracle Mile camera store located at 5370 Wilshire Boulevard. The original building was constructed in 1926, but the “camera” storefront was built in 1938. It was designed by architect Marus Miller. Its black vitrolite glass façade is one of the most famous examples of roadside or programmatic architecture in the world – and one of the last remaining examples in Los Angeles. Its design has been replicated at Disney Studios Paris and Universal Studios Orlando. The store is now part of El Toro Cantina. The façade is protected as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. (Marvin Rand, photographer; Library of Congress)

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