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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Dakin Matthews - photo gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from the artist - 2010
Dakin Matthews is a San Fernando Valley film, television and theater actor who resides in North Hollywood and runs the much loved New Place Theater in the NoHo.
A working actor, Matthews has just returned from a world theatrical tour and continues his lifelong study of theater history. A visit to Wikipedia (Dakin Matthews), reveals a playwright, director, theatrical scholar and star making a living in the arts in the San Fernando Valley, the heart of the Creative Capital of the World.
Dakin Matthews in front of the endangered Idle Hour Cafe on Vineland in North Hollywood. (photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2010)
The roof leaks, the paint has pealed, and the redwood siding is showing the damage of years.... Yet, the cherished old Idle Hour (La Cana) cafe, is one of only 10 such thematic structures left in our city. Dakin Matthews believes that the building deserves to be rescued and returned to its original purpose, a grill and bar to serve as an anchor to the historic NoHo Arts District. We agree!

New Place Theatre 10950 Peach Grove North Hollywood
Parking on Vineland and behind the theatre - where Lankershim and Vineland meet. Look for the Idle Hour barrel - walk north past the wig store and Peach Grove is a little street there. (Why would a street in North Hollywood be called Peach Grove - simple, the cling peach was developed in the NoHo, and around 1895 North Hollywood was called "The Home of the Peach".

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