The World Famous Doll Hut Closes its Doors...Again. This Time For Good.

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The beloved sign that will glow no more after 2013 hits

Last call, folks. For good this time.

Recently, beloved punk rock gem the Doll Hut announced via Facebook that the bar has been sold to a new owner who will likely turn it into something very different than it is now. For the past 11 years, several owners have run the place, including  Blue and Anthony Castaneda who took over for famed owner Linda Jemison in 2001. Since then, it's continued to be a diamond in the rough--even for twentysomething, punk-loving whippersnappers like myself-- to look back on fondly with memories of some of the most vile, raw, beer-soaked debacles (aka "shows") we could've ever hoped for. 

Yeastie Boys, I personally owe you an extra special thank you for all the circus-style havoc you caused there. And of course any local punk with even the faintest grasp of their local history can tell you that the Hut's 49-person capacity has housed OC's biggest acts--The Offspring, The Vandals, The Cadillac Tramps, Social Distortion, Mike Watt and countless others who are/were just as big if not bigger. Sadly, this cramped monument of OC punk history will be no more after 2013.

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The most important assets to the bar's recent incarnation (at least since Jemison first took it over in 1989) have been the bands you've probably never heard of and the fans that soldiered out to see them play at all hours of the night and early morning.

We lamented the first time the Hut was in danger of closing for good (see former Weekling Rebecca Schoenkopf's classic piece...you Kennedy killers!)  But now, whether we owe the closure to Disneyland construction, a bad economy or the owners' decision to just move on, it's hard to gin up the right words for what appears to be the final nail in the coffin for one of OC's most historic roadhouses. See this statement released from the owners via Facebook:

Official Statement:

Doll Hut has been sold to a new owner. We expect the new owner to change the format. It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that The Doll Hut as we know it will cease to exist. This will take effect January 1, 2013. We encourage everyone to come out these next few months to support local music, to say Hi, to say bye, to regale us with stories of the Doll Hut old and new. Doll Hut is a special place for us and we know it is to most of you as well. We love you and hope to see you soon.


Don't take those words lightly. Get your ass out there as often as you can. Count every piece of chewed up gum you step on, every bit of stage feedback and decaying band sticker on the wall as a priceless memory. You'll miss it all when it's finally gone.

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107 S. Adams St., Anaheim, CA

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dirtburner
dirtburner

Say it anit so, can not belive that some punk was not a buyer of this place. they did not find the right person to buy  it if changes format. i have met folks from around the world in that place; it is world famous. bands would just show up in their van tour of the USA set up and play. one night late about 8 to 10 folks in the crowd and the band "shat" showed up on stage youtube only if you adults are around and you understand why we leave the PU in punk. then imange you where with me when this band hit the stage. when they were done we all said what was that and laughing.

 

PS thanks to lilly what a sweetheart.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

No doubt to make way for "Club Social Xochimilco"  or some such. 

Woody Silveira
Woody Silveira

Totally sucks!! Ive played there a couple dozen times, and seen so many amazing bands there....social d, shonen knife, johnny out of step, one hit wonder, us bombs, cadillac tramps, etc., ...n hung out with do many people there john from Dramarama, duane peters, steve soto, mike ness, kathy valentine, and of course linda, etc. , not to mention the start of hootenanny....

snoozexbutton
snoozexbutton

I saw one of my first local Metal shows at the Doll Hut, shortly after moving to California in 2006 and have also had the pleasure of playing a few shows there earlier this year with my band,Age of Insanity (http://www.facebook.com/AgeOfInsanity)   ...venues like the Doll Hut are unique and unfortunately, too few of them exist 

RegBale
RegBale

@OCWeeklyMusic @Terri_E @mightymojohand Say it isn't so!

Mathew Moore
Mathew Moore

I liked all the shows there about how white people are better than other races.

Monty Sean Caviness
Monty Sean Caviness

Too bad, that`s a shame.Lot`s of fun shows there through the years.I played there once as well ( The Outcrowd).

-paulc-
-paulc-

cant say I'll miss it.  Only been once.  Didnt the doll hut host an S load of neo nazi "punk bands?"

Jesus Olvera
Jesus Olvera

Maldita Vecindad and Los Amigos Invisibles.

Eric Bootow
Eric Bootow

I tried to sneaking in there to see Murder City Devils!!!

Jeff Soto
Jeff Soto

So many great shows happened there. Couldnt narrow it down to one. The Linda J years were the best. Always a great "surprise" show with a big act like Social D or the Adolescents. My band is playing there in Nov and I'm hoping to get one more in before its gone RIP Doll Hut

Kevin J Cruz
Kevin J Cruz

Ha! ... never even heard of the place! =D

mightymojohand
mightymojohand

@RegBale @Terri_E never been to the Doll Hut, now I guess I never will.

OCWeeklyMusic
OCWeeklyMusic

@RegBale Yeah, get over there and snag a PBR at one of the last places you can do so without the hipster stigma

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