Flags at the Cockatoo

Flags at the Cockatoo

Throughout its time, the Cockatoo Inn was home to many events: anniversaries, banquets, retirement dinners, and more. We’ve uncovered awards ceremonies for local colleges, family reunions, and even political events with celebrities like Muhammad Ali. One July evening in 1961 saw the Lawndale Business and Professional Women’s Club come together for an International Relations event….

How Robert De Niro helped reopen the Cockatoo Inn
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How Robert De Niro helped reopen the Cockatoo Inn

Quentin Tarantino shot some of his Jackie Brown scenes at the Cockatoo Inn, as we all know. But it wasn’t as easy as setting up shop inside the condemned building. The famed hotel was buried in bureaucracy during the mid 1990s. So how did they get in? According to an interview in LA Taco, prolific…

The life of Roy A. Sealey and his contributions to the Cockatoo Inn

The life of Roy A. Sealey and his contributions to the Cockatoo Inn

Andy Lococo and his prized hotel and restaurant are a big part of 20th century American history. However, this month we celebrate a somewhat forgotten figure whose important midcentury work still impact us today. Roy A. Sealey was born in 1917, one year prior to Andy Lococo’s birth. The prominent African-American architect played an integral…

Tributes pour in for Goodfellas star Ray Liotta

Tributes pour in for Goodfellas star Ray Liotta

Actor Ray Liotta died today in the Dominican Republic. He was 67. He was there shooting his latest film, “Dangerous Waters.” After news broke of his death, social media saw many tributes pour in. Liotta is probably best known to audiences for his starring role in the 1990 Martin Scorcese epic, Goodfellas. Based on the…

From Hollywood Park to Super Bowl site
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From Hollywood Park to Super Bowl site

Usually Super Bowls are played at neutral sites, but this year’s Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood, California will be a home game for the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams. When they take on the underdog Cincinnati Bengals this February 13, 2022, all eyes will be upon SoFi Stadium, the former site of Hollywood Park Racetrack….

Chatting with the former Director of Purchasing

Chatting with the former Director of Purchasing

We are not overly active on social media, but our Cockatoo Inn Instagram allowed us to connect with Mary McPadden-Bigda. She was very nice and reminisced about her time working at the Cockatoo in the late ’80s and early ’90s. She was gracious enough to answer some questions about her tenure, her experience with Stan…

Inglewood High planned its epic reunion at the Cockatoo Inn
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Inglewood High planned its epic reunion at the Cockatoo Inn

Love it or hate it, Facebook has made it easy to locate old classmates, no matter what town you’re from or what town you currently live. Many of those old friends are just a search away, accessible from your own home. Well, back in 1968, a group of graduates and students didn’t have the luxury…