Man, our friends down in The OC just can’t catch a break. First their Los Fullerton Angels of The City of Orange get their asses handed to them by the Los Angeles White Sox of Chicago, and now I learn that The Los Angeles Movieland Wax Muesum of Buena Park is closing on Halloween!
The museum’s owner says few tourists visit the museum because of increased competition from shopping malls and nearby amusement parks like Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.
The owner says he may also close Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum across the street.
In its heyday in the 1960s, the museum drew up to a million annual visitors, and stars like James Stewart, Sammy Davis Junior and Carol Burnett showed up for unveilings of their wax figures.
But, as Buena Park Mayor Don McCay puts it, “The wax museum is not a modern tourist attraction anymore.”
Ripley’s, too? For fuck’s sake! What’s next? Medieval Times? That restaurant with the wagon wheel?
Sigh. I guess I’ll just have to go all the way up to San Francisco to see the collection after they move it.
I’ll bring back (more) water.