Blog


FROM OUR ARCHIVES

RSS Feed

Home

Posts By Category

American Legion Post 43 (2) Articles (1) ASC (1) Barnsdall Park (1) BLACKOUTS (3) Brown Derby Restaurant (10) Charles Chaplin Studio (1) Charles E. Toberman (1) Chinese Theater (13) Ciro's Nightclub (3) Cirque du Soleil (1) Cocoanut Grove (1) Coconut Grove (7) Crossroads of the World (1) Earl Carroll Theater (2) Ernest Torrence (1) Farmers Market (2) Garden of Allah (1) Garden of Allah Hotel Photos (9) Gay Pride Parade (1) Gilmore Stadium (1) Grauman's Chinese Theater (2) Grauman's Egyptian Theater (2) Griffith Observatory (3) Hancock Park & Windsor Square (1) Hand and Footprint ceremonies (2) Hollywood (8) Hollywood Airfields (3) Hollywood Athletic Club (1) Hollywood Blvd. (11) Hollywood Bowl (10) Hollywood Canteen (41) Hollywood Canteen Book (2) Hollywood Fire Dept. (1) Hollywood Guild and Canteen (3) Hollywood Historic Places (1) Hollywood History (4) Hollywood Hotels (3) Hollywood Images (17) Hollywood Legion Stadium (2) Hollywood Nightclubs (4) Hollywood Oil (1) Hollywood Palladium (6) Hollywood Photographs (8) Hollywood Photos (33) Hollywood Pictures (16) Hollywood Police Dept. (1) Hollywood Radio (1) Hollywood Real Estate Developments (1) Hollywood Restaurants (6) Hollywood School For Girls (2) Hollywood Sign (32) Hollywood Sign History (6) Hollywood Stars Baseball Team (3) Hollywood Studio Club (3) Hollywood Television (1) Hollywood Theaters (4) Hollywood Walk of Fame (42) Hollywoodland (2) Hollywood's Anniversary (1) Ken Murray's Blackouts (1) Larchmont Village (1) Laurel Canyon (6) Magic Castle (1) Millennium Hollywood (1) Mocambo Nightclub (2) Moulin Rouge (1) Movie Making (6) Movie Palaces (1) Movie Premieres (1) Movie Studios (20) New Photographs (1) Outpost Estates (1) Pan Pacific Auditorium (2) Pantages Theater (2) Parades (2) Paramount Studio (1) Paul DeLongpre (3) Pilgrimage Play (3) Pinterest (1) Poverty Row & Gower Gulch (2) Radio and Television (2) Republic Studios (1) Restaurants/Nightclubs (7) Runyon Canyon (2) Santa Claus Lane Parade (3) Santa Claus Lane Parade Photos (1) Schwab's Pharmacy (9) Sid Grauman (1) Sunset Blvd. (5) The Hollywood Canteen Book (1) Valentino (1) VJ Day (2) Walk of Fame (20) Wallich's Music City (2) Whitley Heights (1) William & Kate (1) Yamashiro Hollywood (1)

Posts By Month

Hollywood Canteen

hollywood canteen Images

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 7

Hollywood Canteen Hostory & Photos – Part 7

Hostess Committee – Doris Stein

Without a doubt, some of the brightest jewels in the Hollywood Canteen’s crown were its faithful hostesses. Between 150 to 200 of them were needed nightly to keep the Canteen running; it also took an exceptional person to run the hostesses.

That woman was Doris Stein, “the leader of the pack.” (1)  She was the wife of Jules Stein, the MCA founder who had been so helpful to Bette Davis with the Canteen startup. As the spouse of such a powerful Hollywood figure, Doris herself became an important presence in the company town. Before the opening of the Canteen, it was Doris, as head of the Hostess Committee, who sounded the call for volunteers throughout the industry, which was met with great enthusiasm.

Once the Canteen was on its feet, Doris, assisted by Florence...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 6

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos

The Hollywood Canteen was turning out to be even more successful than its founders had hoped. It was reassuring to see that all the necessary elements could click in and everyone really could work together and make thousands of G.I.s  very happy. There would always be challenges, of course, and each day they would be met.  Two examples occurred early on: one was  particularly vexing; the other became a crisis. Many Hollywood Canteen photos are on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. 

Eddie Cantor at the Hollywood Canteen photo

Board of Directors Elected

The Hollywood Canteen had no sooner been formed than the powers that ran New York’s Stage Door Canteen got...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 5

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 5

The old saying, “After ecstasy, the laundry!” certainly applied to the Hollywood Canteen as the glamour of opening night gave way to the reality of daily preparations.

Efforts to get everything ready for the nightly onslaughts of over 2500 servicemen had to be as well coordinated as military maneuvers.

The hollywoodphotographs.com website has the largest number of Hollywood Canteen photos in the world. 

Historical Hollywood Canteen Photo

Hollywood Canteen Food

Each month the soldiers consumed an estimated 4000 loaves of bread, 400 pounds...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 4

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 4

Vintage Hollywood Canteen photos can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  All the photographs are available for purchase.

Hollywood Canteen Opens Its Doors

Excitement kept rising as each day brought the opening closer – not only among the Hollywood Canteen’s inner circles, but also within Hollywood at large. A vigorous publicity campaign, headed by publicist, Mack Millar, had been whetting appetites; above all, the boys on the military bases were kept in the know about all things “Canteen.”  Now word was out that several thousand servicemen might show up, along with hordes of civilians hoping to catch glimpses of their favorite movie stars. Of course private citizens...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 3

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 3 

After weeks of searching for a usable Hollywood Canteen building, Bette Davis and John Garfield found a dilapidated place that had once been a barn right in the heart of Hollywood. Located at 1451 North Cahuenga Boulevard, just south of Sunset Boulevard, the structure had been a series of ill-fated nightclubs. The last was a cabaret-type theater called The Red Barn, where drinks and dinners were served, followed by floor shows and stock melodramas such as Murder In the Red Barn and The Drunkard.

Rare Hollywood Canteen Photograph...

More Cafe Trocadero Photos from hollywoodphotographs.com

Cafe Trocadero photos From hollywoodphotographs.com

In the early 1930’s the La Boheme restaurant, on the Sunset Strip, went out of business.  Billy Wilkerson, who was the publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, bought the building and stored his liquor supply in the basement.  Someone suggested that he open a nightclub/restaurant and he decided to do so. After performing a significant remodel job on the building the Café Trocadero was ready to open. The official opening of the Cafe Trocadero was held on September 17, 1934, to a much anticipating crowd

Cafe Trocadero Photo

The...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 2

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 2  

Hundreds of Hollywood Canteen photos and history is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All photos are available for purchase.

Bette Davis and John Garfield flung themselves into the rigorous process of turning their dream into a reality.  They spent weekends and eighteen-hour work days, as well as Sundays -- their one day off from the studio -- attacking the mountain of details involved in opening the Hollywood Canteen.

One of their first tasks was to enlist the support of every guild, union, and craft organization affiliated with Hollywood’s entertainment industry. They were met with a grand show of confidence as forty-two guilds and unions unanimously agreed to sponsor the endeavor; later the number...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 1

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos- Part 1

The largest collection of Hollywood Canteen history and photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are more than 400 vintage Hollywood Canteen photographs.

It was the first full year of America at war, and 1942 found the country dancing to “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” listening to a new radio mystery called Suspense, and watching Walt Disney’s Bambi and Donald Gets Drafted in movie theatres. It brought shortages of metal and leather, and rationing of coffee, sugar, and gasoline.

Photo of Hollywood Canteen Organization        

But there was no shortage of fervor...

More Hollywood Canteen Photos

More Hollywood Canteen Photos

The largest collection of Hollywood Canteen photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. Unquestionably, the Hollywood Canteen was Hollywood's greatest contribution to World War II. Located on Cahuenga Ave., it was founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield with the intent of providing a place for servicemen to go when in Hollywood. It opens its doors in October 1942 with a grand opening ceremony which included many Hollywood leaders businessman and entertainers. The only people, other than volunteers, who are allowed on to the first floor, were servicemen. Their uniform was their ticket to admission.

Hollywood Canteen photographs...

More Vintage Hollywood Canteen Photographs

Vintage Hollywood Canteen Photographs

Here are some Hollywood Canteen Photographs from the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Front cover of the book, "Hollywood Canteen: Where the greatest generation danced with the most beautiful girls in the world".

segue

Actress, Fay McKenzie dances the jitterbug with a serviceman at the Hollywood Canteen.

...

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 7

The Hollywood Canteen Photos and History – Part 7

What Stars Will Be Here Tonight?

Once the servicemen who walked through the canteen doors, they hit the snack bar as fast as they could, where they were served by some of Hollywood's most recognizable and generous stars

Actresses such as Irene Dunne and Linda Darnell not only offered food and coffee, signed endless autographs and posed for countless pictures as the boys passed their cameras around, they also repeatedly answered questions about their own lives.

dhjjf

While the senior hostesses were running the snack bar, their male counterparts were acting as host, busboys, and the kitchen staff. Top stars, leading...

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 6

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History – Part 6

Without a doubt, some of the brightest jewels in the Hollywood Canteen crown with a faithful hostesses. Between 150 to 200 of them were needed nightly to keep the canteen running; it also took an exceptional person to run the hostesses.

fdguu

Volunteer Supervisors

That woman was Doris Stein, “the leader of the pack.” She was the wife of Dr. Jules Stein, the MCA founder who had been so helpful to Bette Davis with the canteen start up. As the spouse of such a powerful Hollywood figure, Doris herself became an important presence...

Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 5

The Hollywood Canteen Photo and History – Part 5

Operating The Canteen

Efforts to get everything ready for the nightly onslaught of over 2500 servicemen had to be as well coordinated as military maneuvers. It took about 300 volunteers each night to operate the Hollywood Canteen. There were hostesses, kitchen volunteers, snack-bar servers and entertainers that volunteered their time to make the Canteen a success. The Hollywood Canteen was located on Cahuenga Ave.

fgjtydf

Amount of Canteen Food

Each month the soldiers consumed an estimated 4000 loaves of bread, 400 pounds...

Hollywood Canteen Photos & History Part 4

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History – Part 4

The Hollywood Canteen Opens Its Doors

Excitement kept rising as each day brought the opening closer -- not only among the Hollywood Canteen's inner circles, but also within Hollywood at large. A vigorous publicity campaign, headed by publicist, Mack Millar, had been whetting appetites; above all, the boys on the military bases were kept in the know about all things canteen. Now the word was out that several thousand servicemen might show up, along with hordes of civilians hoping to catch glimpses of their favorite movie stars. Of course private citizens could not be admitted inside the canteen. But what about the unnerving prospects of having more servicemen then there was space? These boys who would have traveled so far to be part of the opening festivities must not be disappointed.

vhjgfd...

The Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 3

Building the Hollywood Canteen

Hollywood Canteen Volunteer Workers

In order to get the Hollywood Canteen opened, all of Hollywood's motion picture craftsman unanimously volunteered their services and immediate cooperation. From plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters, laborers, prop men and teamsters to art directors, decorators, and cartoonist, everyone pitched in. In addition, thousands of feet of lumber, multiple barrels of nails, gallons of paint, miles of electrical wire, hundreds of yards of concrete, and scores of plumbing fixtures were freely given.

sdfggjj

The old red barn, on Cahuenga Ave. was thoroughly ripped apart. Truckloads...

Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 2

The Hollywood Canteen Photos and History – Part 2

Once it was agreed that Hollywood needed its own Canteen, Bette Davis, John Garfield and Dr. Jules Stein said about the rigorous process of turning their dream into reality.

dsjl

Soliciting Support

One of the first tasks was to enlist the support of every guild, union, and craft organization affiliated with Hollywood's entertainment industry. They were met with a grand show of confidence as 42 guilds and unions unanimously agreed to sponsor the endeavor; later the number would increase to 46.

In early June, Bette and John called for a meeting of several people who were committed to getting the Hollywood...

Hollywood Canteen Photos & History - Part 1

The Hollywood Canteen Photos and History - Part 1

The Hollywood Canteen was where the greatest generation danced with the most beautiful girls in the world. That was the title of the popular book, “The Hollywood Canteen.”

dthfjj

Joan Leslie

Actress, Joan Leslie, wrote the foreword to the book, which is as follows;

“There is a little spot on a side street in Hollywood where magic used to happen every night during world war two. A plain old barn like Café was turned into a glamorous star-studded nightclub -- a welcoming place for every soldier, sailor and Marine on furlough. And, along with her right hand man, John Garfield, Bette Davis made it happen. With her fabulous drive,...

Hollywood Canteen's Beginning and Photos

The Hollywood Canteen’s Beginning and Photos

This blog deals with the founding of the Hollywood Canteen and the many photographs that were taken in those early days. There are more that 300 vintage photos of the Hollywood Canteen on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

It was the first full year of America at war, in 1942 found the country singing to Chattanooga Choo Choo, listing to a new radio ministry called “Suspense” and watching Walt Disney's Bambi and Donald Gets Drafted in movie theaters. It brought shortages of metal and leather, and rationing of coffee sugar and gasoline.

fghh

But there was no shortage of fervor among Americans for supporting...

Hollywood Canteen Closes Its Doors

sdfv

Hollywood Canteen Closes Its Doors

Gay, laughing Hollywood closed its famed Hollywood Canteen for servicemen and women last night, on a note of sadness.

Yet, there was a gay sparkle afforded by the quips of such comedians as Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Jerry Colonna – servicemens’ favorites both at home and overseas.

It was the last day of the long tenure of the West Coast’s leading recreation center for those who fought their country’s battles on land, in the air and under the seas.

Since its opening on October 3, 1942, the Hollywood Canteen has entertained, with the highest paid talent of the land, more than 32 million servicemen and women.

During the Canteen’s three...