Hollywood Knitting Factory

7021 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Hollywood Knitting Factory

The Knitting Factory was a nightclub that was opened in New York City and that featured eclectic music and entertainment. It was founded by Michael Dorf and Louis Spitzer in 1987. The Knitting Factory was named by Dorf’s and Spitzer’s childhood friend Bob Appel and songwriter Jonathan Zarov, who derived the name through joking about Appel’s experience working in an actual knitting factory.

After opening in 1987, various other locations were opened in the United States. Dorf opened a new club location in Los Angeles in 2000 under the parent company of Knitting Factory Entertainment, KnitMedia.

Locate on the lower level of the Galaxy Shopping Center. Primarily a music venue in Hollywood from 2000 to its closure on October 25, 2009, in late-September of 2000, the Hollywood Knitting Factory began screening independent films and music videos.

On Friday, September 29th, 2000, director Jonathan Morrill had a Hollywood premier of his 1992 collaboration with Gary Wortzel, with their drama “The Left Side of My Brain”, The screening was a benefit for the Musician’s Fund of The Hollywood Knitting Factory, and was the first motion picture to be screened at that venue.

Contributed by Jonathan Morrill

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CTCrouch on December 6, 2022 at 2:57 am

The Hollywood Knitting Factory was located in the subterranean level of the Galaxy Shopping Center, beneath a Longs Drug Store (now CVS) and the GCC/AMC Hollywood Galaxy Theatre (now LA Fitness). The venue was divided into two rooms; the main club and the smaller “Alterknit” stage. During its' ten year run, the Hollywood Knitting Factory struggled to turn a profit and faced increasingly problematic permitting issues. As a result, the club’s parent company chose not to renew the lease and the venue closed on October 25, 2009. The space was later occupied by a Japanese housewares retail outlet and currently (2022) sits vacant.

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