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‘World On Wheels’ In Mid-City Closing Its Doors After 3 Decades

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last indoor roller skating rink in central Los Angeles is closing after entertaining customers for the past three decades.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and changing neighborhood tastes contributed to the demise of World on Wheels, which opened on Halloween 1981. The rink is slated to close Sunday.

The facility attracted a legion of skaters, both young and old, by bringing in entertainers. The pioneering hip-hop duo, LA Dream Team, performed there in the 1980s. The Scooby Brothers, a trio who skated in the 1979 film “Roller Boogie,” was a mainstay.

Skaters will now be forced to travel to other places around Southern California such as Cerritos, Chino and Glendale, to lace up.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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