A few weeks ago I made a quick four day trip to LA. I'm pleased to announce that after being destroyed in numerous SiFi movies Randy’s Donuts is still safe and very sound doing great business on its corner outside LAX.
Randy's was built in 1953 (and first appears in the 1954 edition phone book) as the second location of the now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain by Russell C. Wendell, a donut machine salesman. There were 10 locations, built over the course of the 1950s. At least four other Big Donuts survive: they are Kindle's Donuts in Los Angeles (this is the original location, built in 1950), the Donut King II in Gardena, Dale's Donuts in Compton, and Bellflower Bagels in Bellflower. Each features the distinctive giant donut constructed of rolled steel bars covered with gunnite, the material used in swimming pools. Five Big Donuts have been demolished. They were located in Culver City, North Hollywood, Inglewood (on Imperial Hwy, 7), Van Nuys and Reseda.