Originally constructed in 1935, the gas station was operated by Gilmore Oil during the days of California's automobile age and around the height of filmmaking in Hollywood. In fact, Gilmore Oil purchased the land for the station from film star Wallace Beery and the station has made appearances in movies and commercials, including a scene with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours as well as in L.A. Story, when Steve Martin makes a fuel stop, according to Starbucks. Gilmore, and then subsequent oil companies, ran the gas station there for decades until it was shuttered in the early '90s. In 1992, the building was registered as a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument.
And soon, we'll probably see movie scenes with Nicolas Cage double-fisting cappuccinos, or James Franco sipping the foam off the top of a Flat White in a moment of exaggerated artistic frustration with the new Starbucks as the backdrop.