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Pass Hotel

The Pass Hotel, in the Cahuenga Pass, was one of the first hotels in, what is now, Hollywood.  Originally known as the Cahuenga Valley, Hollywood was a very small community that was located just south of the Cahuenga Pass, which served as the access to the San Fernando Valley.  Because the Pass Hotel was centrally located, it was a popular stopping off point for travelers going north and south through the Cahuenga Pass.

 

 

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The Hollywood Hotel

One of Hollywood’s first and most popular hotels was located on the northwest corner.  Known as the Hollywood Hotel, the first structure was built in 1903 by Martha Stewart and M.J. Anderson.  After a couple of years, the hotel was acquired  by Myra Hershey, who was the heir to the Hershey Chocolate fortune.  She added fifty more rooms in 1907 and additional fifty rooms in 1908.  The hotel became one of the centers for Hollywood social events.  It was, also, the honeymoon location for Rudolph Valentino and his bride, Jean Acker.  The hotel register boasted of such celebrities as Dustin and William Farnum, Douglas Fairbanks, Anita Stewart, Lon Chaney, Pola Negri, Norma Shearer, and scores of others.  After more than fifty years as one of Hollywood most beautiful hotels, it was fell to the wrecker’s ball in 1956

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Roosevelt Hotel

As Hollywood became the entertainment capital of the world and more and more tourist flocked here, the need for quality hotels became apparent.  At the same time the Grauman’s Chinese Theater was being completed, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was, also, being finished.  Hollywood developer, Charles E. Toberman, acquired several investors including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Louis B. Mayer and built the hotel, which opened its doors on May 15, 1927.  It was an immediate success and became Hollywood’s most popular hotel.  In 1929, the first Academy Awards was held in the Blossom Room.  For years the hotel was one of most popular places to stay for those visiting t.he motion picture capital of the world.  Today, the hotel is owned and operated by Thompson Hotels.

 

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