8383 was situated on a large parcel owned by the Coyne family that straddled the boundary of what was the the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County territory. It had previously housed Prohibition-era nightclubs, the Moscow Inn and Club Ballyhoo, addressed as 8353 and 8373 respectively. With a key location across from the Sunset Tower apartments, 8383 Sunset seemed a sure hit, but like many nightspots on the Strip, its history is one of high-turnover and frequent name changes.
8383 debuted as Café Clement in November 1934, one of the nightspots that would earn this stretch of Sunset its nickname, “the Strip.” The exterior of the building was eclectic Spanish-Deco; the cuisine was French-Italian. Café Clement scored a coup in bringing out entertainer extrordinaire Martha Raye from New York for an exclusive singing engagement in February 1936. That same month, Café Clement became the Club Casanova.
In May 1937 the Club Casanova closed “for rebuilding.” Before the year was out it had undergone another name change, to U-Gene’s Bagdad with a “Harlem in Hollywood” theme.
On July 6, 1939, 8383 Sunset made its bow on the Strip as “Little Eva.” It didn’t last long. October 26, 1939 saw the grand opening of The Sports Circle.
By Mar 1940, 8383 was operating as the real estate office of William R. “Bob” Coyne, who had recently accused Deputy Sheriff and vice squad head George Contreras of owning a piece of a slot machine and gambling racket. As of 1943 it was a failed carpet business.
In January 1949, again operating as a nightclub, 8383 was the scene of one of the Strip’s many celebrated brawls, involving movie stunt flyer/playboy/race car driver Joel W. Thorne. After suffering fire damage in December 1950, it was repaired and converted back to office use.