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Hollywood Images - Chapter 2

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The best collection of Hollywood Images it on the web site.  

There are over 6000 old photographs, cover about 90 subject categories.  All the collection photos are of Hollywood except for the photographs of motion picture studios, which were located all over Southern California.  The first motion picture companies settled in Hollywood, but as time went on, many companies moved to other locations such as Culver City and the San Fernando Valley.  Thomas Ince was one of the first to establish a new studio in Culver City.  That studio later became the Samuel Goldwyn Studio and then MGM.  Carl Laemmle located his Universal Studio in the San Fernando Valley.  Mack Sennett established his studio in Edendale while the American Film Company settled in Santa Barbara.

Images of the Hollywood Bowl conveys the rich history this landmark achieved.  Founded The first concert, at this natural amphitheater, was held in 1921.  The orchestra performed on a wood platform while the audience sat on wooden benches carved into the hillside.  As the concerts gained in popularity, the need for a larger stadium became apparent.  In 1926, construction began on a new 17,000 seat amphitheater.  Over the course of the next three years there were fofur shells constructed -- the last in 1929.  The Bowl has played howt to hundreds of the finest entertainers including,  Barbara Steisand, Nat King Cole and The Beatles.

Many of Hollywood’s restaurants and nightclubs were some of the most famous in the world.  Cafe Trocadero, Ciro’s, Mocambo, Romanoff’s and The Brown Derby played howt to most of Hollywood’s most glamorous celebrities.  The stars used these nightspost as their evening playgrounds.  It was not uncommon to see Frank Sinatra regularly at Ciro’s or Rita Hayworth dining at Mocambo

Hollywood movie premieres were a common occurance at such theaters as Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, Pantages Theater or the Carthay Circle Theater.  The first premiere at the Chinese Theater, which was also its grand opening,was the “King Of Kings”, in 1927.  Stars like Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Bette Davis, Ronald and Nancy Reagan regularly attended these lavish events.

Other great Hollywood images are of the Hollywood Canteen.  Founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield in 1942, the Canteen was devoted to providing a place where servicemen could visit during the WW II.  The Canteen was supported by all the motion picture studios, unions and guilds and it was their employees that volunteered each night.  Everything was free for the servicemen -- food, beveridges, cigarettes, etc.  The volunteer hostesses danced and chatted with the servicemen and, every night, Hollywood’s finest celebrities entertained on stage.  Images of servicemen dancing, being entertained and getting autographs are all on the web site.

All the Hollywood images are avail able for purchase.

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