Lompoc has retained several of its neon signs, adding a retro, vintage feel to Old Town. Read some colorful tidbits about Lompoc’s most popular neon signs.
Rice Bowl – 117 West Ocean Avenue
The Rice Bowl is probably the most easily recognizable neon sign in town with three pulsing, fluorescent bowls of chow mein. Known for its unique combination of Chinese food, steaks, and burgers the Rice Bowl has been serving the community for over fifty years. In the 50’s it was a favorite afternoon hangout where local high schoolers could enjoy a nice cold Coca-Cola. Courtesy of Lompoc Vision
Star Motel – 216 East Ocean Avenue
Upholding this nation’s tradition of the neon roadside motel, the Star Motel has not one – but two – signs to attract customers. This throwback to the good old days of Route 66 has drawn attention from artists like Elizabeth Hack for years for its simplicity and nostalgia. She once said, “When the [signs] get a little rusty there’s a poetic resonance.” And she’s right – there is a certain romance that comes from taking a peek at the past in a place where it has met with the present. Courtesy of Lompoc Vision
Lompoc Theater – 112 North H Street
The Lompoc Theater opened in 1927 as the centerpiece of downtown. The Theater hosted traveling vaudeville acts, played first run movies, and featured local dramatic productions. In 1954 a new neon marquee was installed, making H Street dazzle. That same year brought a concession stand and a brand new Cinemascope screen to the theater. When the Lompoc Theater was a thriving movie palace, going to a picture show was a major event and an experience not to be missed. Courtesy of Lompoc Vision
A restoration effort is now underway! Read more about the Lompoc Theatre Project