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Historical and Vintage Photos of Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood Photographs

The finest and largest collection of old Hollywood photos is on the website with more than 12,000 photographs from which to choose, the collection has more than 90 subject matters including, the Capital Records Tower, Griffith Observatory, Mocambo nightclub, the Hollywood sign and Sunset Boulevard.  All of the photographs in the collection are available for purchase.


Vintage Hollywood Bowl Photos

One of Hollywood's most famous and popular entertainment venues is the Hollywood Bowl.  Located on the west side of the Cahuenga Pass, the Hollywood Bowl is the site for many concerts and activities. The first event to take place at what is now the Hollywood bowl was an Easter sunrise service in 1920. Hollywood residents simply walked up the canyon, which was known as Daisy Dell, and stood among the chaparral and bushes to listen to a minister and a small three-piece orchestra that played religious music. The following year, in 1921, another Easter sunrise service was held in the same location. It was quickly realized by many Hollywood residents, and Artie Mason Carter, that the Canyon could be converted into an amphitheater. With the assistance of Charles Toberman, the Hollywood Bowl Association was formed and improvements were begun. The chaparral and the brush was scraped away from the hillside in order to make room for the wooden bench seats on which the audience could sit. A small wooden stage/platform was erected in front of the wooden seats and it was here that orchestras or actors would perform.

The Hollywood bowl was an immediate success. It wasn't long before the Hollywood bowl needed to be expanded. In 1926 a major renovation took place which included seating for 17,000 people. The first Bowl was actually a platform with a canopy over the top. This only lasted for one season during the next few years three other Bowls were built with the last one being erected in 1929.

Over the next 90 years the Hollywood bowl has hosted Easter sunrise services, orchestra concerts, operatic concerts, plays and rock 'n roll concerts. Some of the world's finest entertainers have performed at the Hollywood bowl including such celebrities as Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.  Some of the photos on the website show the grading of the hillside, the many Bowls and Easter Sunrise services.


Vintage Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

One of the most famous, and infamous, hotels in the country was the Garden of Allah Hotel, located on Sunset Boulevard. Built in 1921 by the popular actress Alla Nazimova, the garden opened with an 18 hour party. Entertainment by troubadours playing music from the middle of the pool, the celebrity guest were treated to a lavish and's eight leap dinner.

When the Great Depression struck, Alla Nazimova lost every dollars she put into the hotel. After her death in 1945, the Garden of Allah continued as a hotel and sanctuary for many of Hollywood's famed celebrities. In the 32 year span of its life, the garden witnessed robbery, murder, drunkenness, divorce, marriages, pranks, fights, and suicide. Among those who frequently stayed at the famous Garden of Allah Hotel, were Ramon Navarro, Errol Flynn, F Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley, and Clara Bow.

By the late 1940s, the Garden of Allah had gained such a questionable reputation that many personalities no longer wish to stay there. In addition, it didn't have many of the modern conveniences that the newer and more glamorous hotels possessed. In 1950, after years of operating in the red, the Garden of Allah was sold to Lynton Savings, who bought it to tear down and build its home offices however, the Garden of Allah did not go without a whimper. It had a last bang. It had opened with a party and ended with one. 350 guests were invited, but close to 1000 came to impersonate the people who had been glamorous stars when the garden had opened. Francis X Bushman and his wife, Iva, were the only ones in attendance who were present at the original christening party in 1927. Most of the starlets were scantily dressed, hoping to catch a producer’s roving eye. By midnight, the pool was full of empty liquor bottles reminiscent of the Garden’s flamboyant history.


Vintage Hollywood Walk of Fame Photos

One of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the early 1950s it was felt by many, including the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Hollywood needed develop an attraction that would honor the thousands of celebrities who made Hollywood the entertainment capital of the world. With the vision of Mac Stuart and the assistance of Harry Sugarman the Hollywood walk of fame was conceived. The idea was to build a sidewalk, along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street that was made of terrazzo with brass stars. Within the brass stars would be the names of the celebrities honored in the walk of fame. The first stars to be inducted into the walk of fame were Preston Foster, Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Olive Borden, Edward Sedgwick, Louise Fazenda, Ronald Coleman, and Burt Lancaster. All of the eight stars were placed on the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and were installed during the last days of construction of the first federal of Hollywood savings and loan building.


The official groundbreaking for the Hollywood walk of fame took place on February 8, 1960 and within a year and a half, an additional 1518 celebrities’ names were placed in the walk of fame. Movie stars, such as Judy Garland Jane Russell, Jayne Mansfield, Bob Hope, DW Griffith, and Cecil B. DeMille were among the 1518 stars in the walk of fame.

Today the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the Hollywood walk of fame and they are responsible for deciding which celebrities are honored in the walk of fame. When a celebrity is inducted, hundreds of fans show up to watch their favorite celebrity being honored today there are more than 2500 celebrities whose names are in the walk of fame.



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