Built in 1961 and undergoing major renovation, the Theme Building at LAX still looks sort of futuristic. Even while encased in scaffolding put up after a 1,000-pound piece of stucco coating fell off the building in Feb. 2007.
While the $10 million restoration project continues outside, travelers can once again dine inside at the space-aged themed Encounter Restaurant at the top of the building. Closed for almost a year, the restaurant re-opened last November.
I stopped by for lunch last week and was delighted to discover that the refreshed restaurant still has cool theme music in the elevator and retro-Jetsons decor. They even have souvenir postcards.
The cool photo on the Encounter Restaurant postcard is by Tom Paiva www.tompaiva.com