Cockatoo Inn History: Final days before its closure in 1994. Credit: The Daily Breeze
Cockatoo Inn History starts in the 1940s. It began as a chicken and rib drive-up restaurant. It quickly grew to become a hot spot for famous celebrities like Mickey Rooney and Betty Grable. It also garnered attention from famous people like John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.
The Cockatoo Inn was created by noted Mafia man Andrew Lococo in the 1950s. It was built on Imperial Hwy and Hawthorne Boulevard in Hawthorne, California, just south of LAX airport. After Lococo was sentenced to jail for bribery and lying to a federal grand jury, he died in prison at the age of 55 in the early 1970s.
The Cockatoo Inn was a spot for celebrities and politicians. The Inn was popular destination in Sinatra-era America. As a result, it garnered much success. Later, it became popular with horse jockeys and defense contractors. It was sold-and-bought a number of times, before finally being demolished in the 1990s. Quentin Tarantino shot scenes at the legendary Cockatoo Inn bar for his film, “Jackie Brown,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Pam Grier and Robert De Niro.
Today, a mundane Comfort Inn sits at the old Cockatoo Inn site, offering half the charm and none of the mystique of a forgotten American treasure.
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