the Los Angeles Conservancy says, "designed by Robert Graham, Randy's
Donuts (1953) is a classic example of mid 20th century programmatic architecture, where the shape of the building represents
the product sold within. Located in Inglewood at 805 W. Manchester Avenue, the giant steel-supported doughnut dwarfs the small
Modern fast food building below."
Randy's was built in 1953 as part of the now-defunct Big DoNut chain and
is the only remaining example. The orginal owner, Carol Rose Kahn, from Michigan,
after her investments went sour, decided to keep it here and not move it back to Michigan – after all, the Randy in
question was her guy out here, Randy Reed. The current owner-operators are Larry
and Rob Weintraub, and the one of them told me he's really from Cleveland. But
it stays here.
You can catch a glimpse of it in Randy Newman's video "I Love LA" (here) and this drive-in and doughnut bakery has a website listing
some of the films in which it appears - Earth
Girls Are Easy, Mars Attacks!, Golden Child, Into the Night, Coming to America, Stripped to Kill, Problem Child 2, Breathless
(the remake, not the French classic), California Girls, Love Letters and so forth. And
as noted here, Randy's also appeared on the Food Network's "Top 5: Fab Food Architecture" and "a donut shop remarkably like Randy's" shows up
on the Simpsons and on Futurama. It's famous – had to get some shots.