Fry's Electronics in Burbank

2311 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California

Fry's Flying SaucerFor science-fiction fans, the Fry’s Electronics store in Burbank, at the corner of Hollywood Way and Valhalla Blvd, near the Bob Hope Airport,is a must-see tourist attraction, thanks to decorations that combine elements from such sci-fi classics as MARS ATTACKS, DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THEM, IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, STAR WARS, INDEPENDENCE DAY, and GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA.

The store is so much fun that you might want to visit even if you’re not interested in buying any electronics. In fact, if you just want to hang out, there is a small eatery called the Atomic Cafe, which is situated to resemble a drive-in movie theatre from the 1950s. The “seats” and “tables” are actually hollowed out cars from that time period, and a screen above the grill (surrounded by bubble-head Martians, along with one of the ugly aliens from INDEPENDENCE DAY) projects videos of appropriate films, so you can sit back and enjoy CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON just like your parents (or grandparents) did, decades ago. The menu is limited, but what else would you really want to order in this setting besides a burger, fries, and a soda?

Of course, the place is also filled with the latest software, videogames, and electronic gadgets (need a solar cell to recharge your batteries — you’ve come to the right place!). You’ll want to take your time browsing the aisles and checking out the merchandise, because you never known what new monstrous menace may be lurking around the next corner.

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