Circus Liquor Clown.

Clown Circus Liquor Neon Sign

Field review by the editors.

North Hollywood, California

A two-sided cutout sign of a disturbing, giant clown entices travelers to pull over for Circus Liquors. The figure is 32-ft. tall and outlined in detailed neon, kept in working order by this long-lived business. It was installed in the 1960s to advertise Circus Liquor at the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Vineland Avenue.

Circus Liquor Clown.

He's a gleeful maniac clown, with X's for eyes, ruffled collar, polka dot suit and curly shoes. He holds a drum labeled "Circus Liquors."

The clown looks good in the daytime, and even better at night. The location appeared in the 1995 comedy "Clueless" as the after-hours spot where Cher (Alicia Silverstone) was mugged. The store advertises its rental availability as a filming location.

The Circus Liquor store sells merchandise -- t-shirts, etc. -- marked with their cheery mascot.

A portable electrically-lit replica of the clown (named "Valley") has appeared at Burning Man in 2014, though as an art project, not a commercial promotion.

As demented as this clown appears, he has an evil relative in New Jersey also finding his way into movie backdrops.

(Update 5/5/15: our advice to avoid loitering after the sun sets may be misguided. @paulstoriale writes: "It's not bad after dark. Sandwiched between a gay bar and gay club... How scary can that be? :)")

Also see: Evil Clown of Middletown, NJ | Circus Drive-In

Clown Circus Liquor Neon Sign

Circus Liquors

5600 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA
NE corner of Burbank Blvd. and Vineland Ave.
Until 11 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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