The Auto Pub in the GM Building – A Very Popular Place

       People say that we remember where we were when historical things happen, and that songs prompt memories of the past.  But I find it interesting how mentioning the name of a particular place will bring memories alive.  Such is the case with The Auto Pub in the GM Building, which I wrote about a few years ago.  That post prompted more than 40 comments, which is the most I’ve received for any single post.  And I thought I’d share some of those memories with you here, with these excerpts from some of the more lucid memories:

       “My grandmother used to take me there after Off-Broadway magic shows.  It was my favorite; they had multiple rooms, all with different themes.  There was the drive-in that showed movies and served Chili Dogs and Chili Cheese fries while you sat in convertible cars.  The there was the grandstand where you could seat 10-12 people on a giant half moon orange booths, the walls were covered with pictures of people in real stands…I always ordered the Chicken in the basket.”

       “I remember sitting in black leather tufted studded seats with me against the wall with a wheel and my mother facing me.  I think in a grey tweed jacket and matching skirt.  Afterwards we could look at the latest GM models on the street level in the GM Building.” 

       “I remember the bar with race cars (upside-down) on the ceiling, the drive-in, where you sat behind a kind of cockpit facing a movie screen, and the old twenties car bodies with a four-top table inside.”

       “It became our Sunday brunch place.  They had the best French Toast.  I think the Playboy Club was close by, but can’t be sure.”

       “I must have gone for lunch there with my dad about 20 times.  In fact I had my 10th birthday party in the drive-in section.  My parents actually reserved the entire back of that area for my dozen or so friends to sit, have burgers and fries, and watch whatever movie was playing.  Great times!”

       The are some great memories, don’t you think?  I’m glad I could bring them out!      

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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2 Responses to “The Auto Pub in the GM Building – A Very Popular Place”

  1. KenL Says:

    Do you have any more photos of the place? I have such fond memories of going there with my grandmother.

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