Meet the Man Behind the Curtain

Nick Metropolis sells everything you can imagine — and many things you can’t — at his collectibles empire on the corner of La Brea and First.

Nick Metropolis has been an icon in Hollywood for over 25 years selling to the stars and want to be stars……….

Driving south down La Brea, it’s impossible to miss the crazy carnival of ephemera at the corner of South 1st street. The huge, maze like home and its lot are brimming with movie souvenirs, casino slots, unusual props, strange toys, fairground curios and almost everything else you can imagine.

At the center of it, behind a tchotchke-covered desk, is Nick Metropolis. “Yes, that’s my real name,” he says, mentioning his Greek heritage and pointing to a handsome headshot from his acting days.

Dapper in blue and wearing a tie with a lion’s head, a crown pin and a Pink Floyd button on it, Metropolis can be found at the house — a business that goes by the name the King of Collectible Furniture — seven days a week, attending to the endless stream of celebrities, tourists, production assistants and looky-loos in search of a life-size Elvis, a vintage telephone or letters that spell out “Hollywood.”

His clients have included Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey and Iggy Azalea — and, back in the day, Michael Jackson and Bill Murray.

Nick Metropolis' clients have included Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey and Iggy Azalea — and, back in the day, Michael Jackson and Bill Murray.

PHOTO BY DANNY LIAO

LA WEEKLY ARTICLE BY JAMES BARTLETT

WEBSITE BY JETTREY

2 thoughts on “Meet the Man Behind the Curtain

  1. Hi Nick my name is Steve from the United Kingdom I am writhing to you today to ask if you ship to outside the USA I visited your shop back in March and picked of a couple of bits I am keen to buy large quantity of letters and lamps that you have in stock is this possible to do?

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