Western District

Currie’s Ice Cream

Posted on: December 14, 2009 by PERyHS 44 Comments
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Jack Finn Collection

The Pacific Electric Fletcher Drive viaduct looms in the background of this street-level view of the intersection of Riverside Drive and Fletcher, famously home to Currie's Ice Cream (and less famously, Richfield Gas).

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44 Responses

  1. John A. McClanahan

    December 28, 2009

    Curry’s Ice Cream was on Riverside Drive and Fletcher, not San Fernando Rd.

    The Glendale-Burbank line northboud tracks bordered my grandfather’s property near the corner of Riverside and Alessandro.

    • Michael Livingston

      February 21, 2017

      It’s still there as Home Restaurant.

  2. Dillo

    April 8, 2011

    When I was a kid we used to get “Currie cones” here that were absolutely delicious. My mom took us on the Red Car line the last day it ran. Thanks for helping bring back a great memory!

  3. Karina

    May 25, 2011

    Thank you so much for posting. I have lived in Elysian Valley all 26 years of my life and it is so amazingly beautiful to learn about the history! I love my neighborhood and would love to know who the first family to live in my house was.

    • Jon A. Hartz, Sr.

      November 9, 2012

      I grew up here, on Eads and Cabot streets, went to Dorris Place Elementary, Washington Irving Jr. High, and then John Marshall High. We used to to to Curries often in the 1950’s, I was born in 1945. We played at Allesandro playground all summer, and down in the concreted L.A. River. We would climb up into Elysian Park, and watched as Dodger Stadium was being built. My house on Eads was removed and the Golden State Freeway is on top of the neighborhood. There were many little shops and businesses on Riverside Dr: a Safeway, a movie theatre, a tack store, a barber, etc. all gone for the I-5. I was married in St. Anns Catholic Church in 1964, left town, and never returned except to visit my parents in Glendale.

  4. Gershon Weltman

    March 25, 2012

    Does anyone remember if Currie’s was ever at another location on Riverside Drive? I seem to recall getting Mile High cones from a store on the north side of Riverside as my family walked from Griffith Park to catch the red car back home to Echo Park. Is my memory just wrong, or did Currie’s have another location in 1944-1945?

    • Mike

      May 30, 2012

      There was a Curries in the Windsor Hills Shopping Center (Slauson & Overhill) and the cone shaped sign, though painted over, remained for many years after the place closed – was still up in the 1980s.

      • Ralph Cantos

        May 30, 2012

        I think this photo was taken in late 1958, just before the bridge was removed.. If you look closely, ther4e is no trolley wire, the line had been abandoned since June 1955.

      • Dan

        June 2, 2013

        I worked at the Slauson Curries for several years part time in between working at the Fox Market next door. Got me through high school cars and gas money. 1955-1957

      • craig woods

        September 23, 2015

        I lived on Valdena In Windor Hills until 1958.
        My grandmother would walk my sister and I to Curries for Mile Hight Cones or malts. All the high school kids hung out their.

      • Rick

        July 7, 2017

        I lived on the cul-de-sac behind that store.

  5. Bill

    November 8, 2012

    There was a Curries Mile-High Parlor on Riverside Dr just inside Burbank @ Clybourn Ave…Gone now but was a contemporary of Bob’s Big Boy & The Hot Dog Show both established in 1949…

  6. Vern skinner

    June 30, 2013

    When I was probably 8-10 we would frequent the Curries in Downey California on Firestone Bvd , always liked the special shape of the ice cream wen scoped onto the cone

    • Ron Whitfield

      August 22, 2016

      what landmark was Curries near, Vern, when did they close? I don’t recall it at all… missed that one it seems.

  7. Bob Davis

    June 30, 2013

    There was a Curries in Monrovia, on Foothill Blvd. near the Aztec Hotel. It opened some time after the PE Monrovia line quit, but there is a story from this area. There was a Bob’s Big Boy on the nearby corner of Magnolia and Foothill. This was where the RTD bus (492?) from LA laid over. One day I went by there and spotted Harry Oswald, whom I knew from Orange Empire, where he was a volunteer motorman. He had a part-time run on the RTD (he was a teacher during the day) and he had been doing this for quite a while. The last time I saw him, he was running a Blue Line train from LA to Long Beach–he had built up enough seniority to bid a job on the first electric railway line in LA since the PE quit. He passed away shortly thereafter, but not before his dream had come true.

  8. Nickolas

    August 6, 2013

    This location of Currie’s Ice Cream brings back a vivid memory from my childhood. My maternal grandmother and my stepfather took me and my sisters for ice cream. When my stepfather attempted to order for us, the woman behind the counter said, “We don’t serve Mexicans.”

    My grandmother, who was Italian, asked if they served Italians. The woman said that they did because “Italians were white,” so my grandmother ordered ice cream for each of us kids, and then ordered an ice cream cone for herself with three scoops.

    Once she paid for everything, she threw her triple-cone into the face of the woman. It was the first time I had ever heard the “F-word” as a kid…and the last time we ever went to Currie’s.

    Times sure have changed…thank goodness.

    • Pacific Electric

      August 7, 2013

      Wow, what a story, Nickolas! Thank you for sharing. – ed.

    • Debbie Hollier

      August 31, 2013

      Bad story with a great ending!

      • Pat Howell

        January 11, 2015

        Interesting that sales woman said, “We do not…” Must have been Currie stores’ policy, any Curries in LA Hispanic neighborhoods? Great, grandma!

  9. Daniel Nardoni

    August 11, 2013

    Seeing the photo of Currie’s Ice Cream brings back fond childhood memories.
    My uncle’s 76 Gas Station (Pat Nardoni) was up the street and I remember going to the Currie’s ice cream parlor often . . . “those were the good old days.”

    • paige

      February 3, 2014

      Daniel – Is your uncle still alive? I googled his name along with “76 station” and was shocked this popped up? My father and your uncle were friends…I actually remember him a little.

      • Daniel Nardoni

        April 30, 2014

        My uncle died about 15 years ago. His son, Pat Jr. died from a stroke in January 2014.

  10. Tony Carone

    May 1, 2014

    There was a Curries at Eastern and Huntington Drive in El Sereno. Many PE Blimps sounded that screeching horn at that intersection which I called the PE freeway.

  11. David Sobo

    November 15, 2014

    There was a curries at Adams and Victoria or Wellington. The lary a car had a crossover there for cars that turned back at Crenshaw. Their strawberry ice cream was the best. I seem to remember one on soto street in Boyle heights.

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    April 21, 2015

    […] that only left one item of business. To put a nightcap on a perfect day, we stopped in at Currie’s Mile-High Ice Cream, the (surprise!) apotheosis of the ice cream maker’s art. Need I point out that they had the […]

  13. jbob

    June 1, 2015

    When I was very little, living on Oakwood Ave, I remember going with my parents to Curries on Beverly Blvd, just off of Heliotrope in Los Angeles. Good memories, miss those days…

  14. Darrell Hungerford

    June 28, 2015

    how did the Curry folks make their ice cream cones that shape? Was there a special shaped scooper?

    • Robert Anderson

      October 16, 2015

      Yes, it was elongated, about 3 or 4 inches. It was almost straight but had a shallow side-to-side curve. It would be held vertically and pulled downward to create the tall pillar of ice cream.

  15. Vernon

    September 6, 2015

    I still of curries on fletcher drive and riverside drive. I never knew when it closed though. I went to a few of schools on both sides of the railroad tracks I went to Irving and worked at Van me kamp restaurant on fletcher drive.

    • Sharon

      September 10, 2015

      You are the second person here who went to Irving – so did I. Never knew of any others til now – we moved after graduation and I went to Eagle Rock for hs. We would go the Currie’s pictured here – so long ago.

  16. jack liskin

    October 6, 2015

    i’m trying to recreate from memory the currie’s jingle. here’s what i remember; can anyone email me and tell me if it’s right?

    mile high currie’s stores
    mile high ice cream cones
    mile high malts, double thick
    hurry to currie’s double quick

    • Ray Staar

      July 11, 2017

      I can’t remember the first two lines, but the last two lines you have are correct. I’m looking for an mp3 of it. If I get lucky, I’ll come back and post a link. 🙂

    • Gary page

      July 17, 2017

      You’re absolutely right about those words.
      The tune never leaves you once you hear it, like Dr. Ross dog food. I remember every word of that jingle and the woof at the end…

  17. David Moser

    October 7, 2015

    Curries deserved to go out of business with that jingle.

  18. Laurie

    June 26, 2016

    There was a Curries on Whittier Blvd in Montebello,I think. 4 or 5 years ago, the sign was still there, just painted over. We used to see it when we rode the 72 RTD bus from Pico to downtown LA to go shopping at Bullock’s etc in the early 60’s.

  19. Charley

    July 6, 2016

    There was a Currie’s Ice Cream store in Glendale at the northeast corner of California and Central Avenues (across from Sears). It closed in 1963 and was torn down to build a Shell gas station (which is gone now, too).


    August 30, 2016

    There was a Curries store in Westchester and one in Redondo Beach @1958 my dad owned 1 and my grandpa worked in the other one. And I have the scoop!!!!

    • John

      February 3, 2017

      My father owned a Curries in San Bernardino, it was at 7th and Avenue E (about 1949-50) I have a dish from there. Would love to see a picture of the scoop.

  21. Al Donnelly

    February 6, 2017

    Beginning to look like half the world was at Irving at some time. Yes, then on to ERHS. Frequented Van de Kamps and Bobs Glendale. Even have a ship in a bottle made from Robert (Bob) Wian’s business cards after he left….job reads “Retired Frycook”! Pretty down to earth for a guy who did so well.

  22. Alfred Lynch

    February 7, 2017

    Part of the Curries’ jingle was ‘Hurry to Curries in your neighborhood’. There was Curries in Covina on Barranca near the Eastland Shopping Center.

  23. buddy rich

    February 18, 2017

    There was a curries on Balboa Blvd up in Granada Hills.. Balboa Thai Restaurant is written over the old Curries sign

  24. Sandy

    May 29, 2017

    My family owned a curries on PCH in Redondo Beach in the late 1950’s.
    Anyone remember? Liza Minelli would stop on way home from Chadwick school in PV.

  25. Bud

    June 28, 2017

    During the 40’s my dad worked for theSouthern Pacific railroad. Whenever we took him to the rr yard mom would buy us an ice cream at Curries. There also was a Curries in San Fernando on McClay next to the Town Theatre. Great memories!

  26. Gary page

    July 17, 2017

    We had a Currie’s in Lakewood CA. For about a year, then poof! Gone


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