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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, Angela Lansbury, Dick Haymes or Jess Barker having a bite to eat at the lunch counter.

Sidney Skolsky

Sidney Skolsky made Schwab's Pharmacy famous in his nationally syndicated gossip column, as that was his headquarters, where he worked on his column gathering the skinny on Hollywood. He became one of the premier entertainment reporters of his time, dishing scoops of celebrity corn and confabulations.

Schwab's Closes

After five decades of service on Sunset Blvd, the store closed down, and somewhat suddenly in late October, 1983. Leon Schwab said publicly it was for family reasons, but the truth was that the store was not financially profitable.

One of the largest collections of Schwab’s Pharmacy photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  All photos are available for purchase.

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