‘Arrested Development’s’ frozen banana stand hits L.A. area

(Marion Curtis / Associated Press)

Just days before the new season of “Arrested Development” finally debuts on Netflix, the re-creation of the Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana stand that cropped up in New York City last week is making its way to the West Coast.

The frozen banana stand will be set up in downtown Culver City at 9300 Culver Blvd. on Monday from noon until 7 p.m. and will be handing out free frozen bananas to anyone willing to stand in line for one. To sweeten the deal, cast member Judy Greer will be on hand to help pass the bananas out from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The banana stands appeared in New York City last week during the network upfronts, at which NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and the CW unveiled their new shows for advertisers and the media. As a promotion for Netflix’s revival of the series, the stand has served as a strong reminder of online’s increasing competitiveness with the networks.


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Cast members such as Will Arnett and Jason Bateman were on hand at the New York City locations to pass out frozen bananas to fans.

The banana stand, as dedicated viewers of the beloved comedy series know, is the basis for the Bluth family fortune. It was founded by George Bluth Sr. in 1953 in Newport Beach and was the place he made his children work during the summer. During the course of “Arrested Development’s” three seasons on the air, the stand was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times.

While there’s still no word if the banana stand will ever make an appearance at its “true” location at the Oceanside Wharf boardwalk on Newport Beach’s Balboa Island, there are still a few days before the show makes its debut on May 26.


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