The Elvis line comes from this:
Sincere Imports actually sells cool stuff!
Here’s an article about how racism and redevelopment forced the people of Chinatown to move.
I only listed 18 movies (including the glorious GARFIELD: THE MOVIE), but at least 147 movies and shows have filmed there. I’m sure that number is higher.
Olvera Street, where Los Angeles officially started, was originally called Vine Street because a bunch of Italian winery folk had shops there. Antonio Pelanconi came later and took over Pelanconi House, the building that eventually came to house La Golondrina. I’ve been in some of the spaces not open to the public, and it’s pretty obvious from how they’re constructed that the building has been around a long time- well before current building codes, that’s for sure. Here’s an article about Italians at the Pueblo that became Los Angeles.
The Original Pantry has been open for 97 years. It is Los Angeles Historic/Cultural Monument Number 255. As you might expect, it’s also been used as a film & TV location.
Here it is in Knocked Up. Warning: this scene has one of those swear word things.