The Theme Building is located at the Los Angeles International Airport. It opened in 1961 as an example of the mid-century modern influenced design known as Googie or Populuxe.
Originally the design of the airport had all terminal buildings and parking structures connecting to a central hub. Plans were scaled down and terminals were constructed elsewhere. The Theme Building was built to mark the spot where the central hub would have been and as a reminder of those plans. The restaurant inside the building used to rotate giving patrons a 360-degree dinning experience, however it is now stationary.
In the late 1990s, Walt Disney Imagineering redesigned the inside of the building where The Encounter Restaurant & Bar is located. Instead of creating a futuristic theme from a 90s viewpoint they kept the 1960s concept of the future and the Googie style that emerged. Because of this there is a nostalgic feeling with the push and pull relationship between the past and the future.