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Hancock Park’s Derby Doll

Photo Credit: Jessica Schilling

Hancock Park resident Edie Lundeen hadn’t put on a pair of roller skates in 20 years when she decided to give roller derby a whirl. She was looking for a work out routine to offset the demands of her daytime job. As a record executive – VP of RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music) – she obviously lives by the philosophy work hard, play hard!

Hancock Park's Edie Lundeen

When Edie started skating with LA Derby Dolls in 2006, the three year-old league was skating wherever they could find a parking lot to set-up their track. It was a lot of physical work moving around and having to set-up and break-down the track with each skating event. Then for a period of time, the league signed a lease for the top floor of a mall in Little Tokyo.  Their fan base traveled with them, grew and soon the league was ready for a move to a larger place.

In 2008, LA Derby Dolls moved into a building on West Temple near Alvarado – an abandoned ice cream factory that was embroiled in the permitting process to become a condo project. As luck would have it, the real estate down-turn created an opportunity for the Derby Dolls to make the Doll Factory (their name for their W. Temple home) a more permanent venue.

The Doll Factory is a 50,000 square foot building – big enough for the 100′ x 60′ slant track, risers for fans, a Derby Doll shop and a set-up for food and bars. The league is totally volunteer – skaters pay dues, practice 3-4 times a week and are responsible for all the upgrades done to the building – including the track and murals.

The league’s 4 teams draw more than 2,000 people to their events – LA’s roller derby league makes for a great date night or fun destination for girls’ night out.

Edie (aka Vodka Toxic) handles all the PR for the Derby Dolls…she took me through all of the tools they’ve put to use to make their league most accessible to their fans.

But you live under 4 miles away! Grab a couple of friends and head on down to check out the show…and this Saturday LA’s Derby Dolls have an All-Star match up.  It’s the LA Ri-Ettes against the Missile Mountain Roller Derby team from Colorado Springs. Doors open at 6p, teams skate out at 7:30p. All ages are welcome – it’s a PG-13 production.
Edie Lundeen blocking for her team
Check out the schedule of games…the season is heating up. There’s time to brush up on the rules between now and then…or catch the movie Whip It to get in the mood! Whip It was written by a Derby Doll and the actors trained at the Doll Factory.
LA Derby Dolls
Doll Factory
1910 West Temple
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 11th – doors open at 6p
Tickets online or at the door (subject to availability)
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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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