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Schwab's Pharmacy

Vintage Schwab's Pharmacy Photos & Images

Vintage Schwab’s Pharmacy Photos

When the widowed Lena Schwab opened a pharmacy in the 1920s to support herself and her four sons and two daughters, little did she know she had put in motion the early beginnings of a legend. All six of her children worked at the pharmacy, but it was Jack Schwab who found the Schwab's Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard, and after Jack's death, his brother Leon took it over Leon understood the unique potential of a pharmacy nestled among the Hollywood studios, and from the first morning swabs open its doors and its counter for breakfast at 7 AM, it became the haven to hang out and the home away from home for the best and brightest of Hollywood's honchos as well as hopefulness.

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Schwab's Pharmacy was opened in the 1930's on Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights Ave. Shortly thereafter, the pharmacy became a popular place for many celebrities to purchase their daily theatrical newspapers, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Schwab's Pharmacy sold newspapers, magazines, various sundries and, of course, prescribitions.  In addition, the "eating counter", was popular with neighborhood residents, as well as, hundreds of movie stars.  After more than fifity years of being the most popular "drug store", it went out of business in the early 1980's.

1947 The front of Schwab's Pharmacy on Sunset Blvd.

1945 Old photo of Schwab's Pharmacy exterior.

1945 Actress, Angela Landsbury and Hurd Hatfield share a soda at Schwab's lunch counter.

Angela Landsbury photo at Schwab's Pharmacy...

Schwab's Pharmacy Photos & History

Schwab’s Pharmacy Photos and History

The famous Schwab's Pharmacy wasn't just a drugstore, it was the Hollywood hopeful hangout. Known throughout the world as the meeting place for many of Hollywood's most famous celebrities, Schwab's pharmacy catered to anyone and everyone.

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Founding Schwab’s Pharmacy

Schwab's Pharmacy opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, and was run by brothers Bernard, Leon, Jack and Martin Schwab. They purchased a failing drugstore and decided to capitalize on the local business from nearby studios, like Republic, RKO and Columbia. The first Schwab's was located in downtown Los Angeles on sixth Street. The four brothers were raised by their Polish immigrant parents in Philadelphia. All of the...

Vintage photographs of Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab’s Pharmacy Opens

The largest collection of vintage Schwab’s Pharmacy photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. Schwab's Pharmacy opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, and was run by brothers Bernard, Leon, Jack and Martin Schwab. They had purchased a failing drugstore and decided to capitalize on the local business from nearby studios, like Republic, RKO, and Columbia. The first Schwab's was located downtown on 6th. It was a typical drugstore of its time--goods and sundries available for purchase, prescriptions filled, and a soda fountain with counter service--only it happened to be in the heart of Hollywood.

What made Schwab's unlike...

Vintage Schwab's Pharmacy Photos

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Vintage Schwab's Pharmacy Photos

Schwab's Pharmacy was, arguably, the most famous drugstore in the country. It was the hangout of some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities and civic leaders.

It all started, in 1932, when four brothers named Jack, Leon, Bernard, and Martin Schwab purchased an ailing drugstore at 8024 Sunset Blvd. in the heart of what is now West Hollywood.

Situated across the street from the famed Garden of Allah Hotel, the store was renamed Schwab's Pharmacy. Soon after the store opened, in 1932, Hollywood's famous began coming down from the hills to pick up sundries, gather to meet friends, or just relax over a soda or cup of coffee. Schwab's Pharmacy became known for the stars...

Famous Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab's Opens

Schwab's Pharmacy opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, and was run by brothers Bernard, Leon, Jack and Martin Schwab. They had purchased a failing drug store and decided to capitalize on the local business from nearby studios, like Paramount, RKO, and Columbia.

What made Schwab's unlike other drug stores was the fact that it became a gathering place for actors. Not just celebrities, mind you--although they were among the clientele in the pharmacy's impressive Rolodex--but mostly working, or hoping-to-be-working, actors, who called the place "headquarters" and who spent hours at the counter chatting with each other and perusing the trade magazines. It was not uncommon to see celebrities, such as,...

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Schwab’s Pharmacy – An American Icon

Not all icons last forever!  I wish they did, but they don’t.  One of Hollywood establishments, that is as close to an American icon was Schwab’s Pharmacy.  Started in Hollywood in 1932, Schwab’s became an immediate success with, not only, movie stars , but also local residents.  Located at the corner of Sunset Blvd. & Crescent Heights Ave., Schwab’s most popular attractions was its lunch counter.  It was not unusual to see several celebrities having lunch or dinner at the stool lined counter.  One of the largest collections of Schwab’s Pharmacy photographs is hollywoodphotographs.com.  

 

 

 

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View the Best Schwab’s Pharmacy Photos From Hollywoodphotographs.com

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The very best collection of Schwab’s Pharmacy photos can be found on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.  The collection was started, by Bruce Torrence in 1970, and today there are over 12,000 photographs of which there are more than 7,000 images on the web site.  Many of these wonderful photos of Schwab’s Pharmacy show popular celebrities eating at the lunch counter, chatting with other people, or columnist Sidney Skolsky interviewing people.  Celebrities in these photos include such stars as ...

Schwab's Pharmacy

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Photographs of the Famous Schwab’s Pharmacy are quite rare but you can see scores of them at hollywoodphotographs.com.

Schwab's Pharmacy opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, and was run by brothers Bernard, Leon, Jack and Martin Schwab. It was a typical drugstore of its time--goods and sundries available for purchase, prescriptions filled, and a soda fountain with counter service

What made Schwab's unlike other drug stores was the fact that it became a gathering place for actors. Not just celebrities, mind you--although they were among the clientele but mostly working, or hoping-to-be-working, actors, who called the place “home” and who spent hours at the counter chatting with each other and perusing the trade rags. ...