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Hollywood Nightclub Photos

Vintage photos of Hollywood Nightclubs

The largest collection of historical and vintage photos of Hollywood restaurants and nightclubs is on the website. All of the photographs in the collection are not only rare but they are also available for purchase.

Beginning in the 1920s, Hollywood became known for many of the fine restaurants in the community. Many of the restaurants were small by today's standards but had fine food and good service. Armstrong Carlson was one of those that was very popular with the residence of Hollywood. Because Hollywood was quickly becoming the motion picture capital of the world, the need for fine dining restaurants became apparent.


Musso and Frank Grill

The boom in popular entertainment necessitated the opening of new and luxurious restaurants on Hollywood Boulevard. Musso and Frank Grill was an instant hit when it opened at 6669 Hollywood Blvd. in 1919. Founded by John Musso and John Toulet, they operated the small restaurant for six years, until they sold it to Joseph Carasimi and John Mosso, whose name was so similar to Musso. For a while, Musso’s was just about the only fine restaurant on the Boulevard. The movie people came, and still do, but without the glamour deemed it necessary in other restaurants. It also became extremely popular with the local businessmen and merchants. In need of more room, the restaurant expanded in 1936 two 6667 Hollywood Blvd., where it continued to increase in popularity, due to its extensive menu and well-prepared food. Today it is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.

fjlliMontmartre Café

In 1923, Eddie Branstatter opened the Montmartre Cafe down the street from the Hollywood Hotel. It was a movie – colony favorite during its brief history, and fans lined the sidewalks, stairways and even the foyer to catch sight of the stars. By 1929, the mobs of spectators were so dense that patrons began to complain. Brandstatter cut a passageway into the adjoining building and opened the private, and very exclusive, Embassy club. However, without the adoring fans to reflect the patrons egos, the stars quickly lost interest in both establishments.

Lunch time, stars in costume and makeup would rush in from the sets to entertain friends or be interviewed by writers. Young movie hopefuls would eat frugally on monies scrimped for the special occasion, all of while eating slowly and keeping a watchful eye for agents or friends who have made it in the show business and who might offer monetary or moral support, or for a studio executive looking for “just the type.” Over the next few years but total of four Brown Derby restaurant locations were established. The original Brown Derby was located on Wilshire Boulevard and was in the design of a derby hat. Another Brown Derby restaurant was located in Beverly Hills and the fourth located in the loss fearless area of Hollywood. Unfortunately, all of the four locations closed their doors.

Other Hollywood Restaurants

Other restaurants patronized by picture personalities included the Hollywood roof ballroom at 1549 Vine St., the Pig ‘n Whistle at 6714 Hollywood Blvd.; Henry's delicatessen near Hollywood and La Brea was also a popular hangout for the residence of Hollywood.


Earl Carroll Nightclub

Earl Carroll arrived in Hollywood in 1936 and opened the Earl Carroll Theater and theater at Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Street on December 26, 1938. Opening night was one of the most dazzling events Hollywood had ever seen. Countless celebrities and professional leaders attended the colorful premier, while hundreds of spectators stood outside the theater to watch their favorite star drive up to the entrance. The production, which emphasized the beauty of the partially clad female form boasted a cast of 60 showgirls. Earl Carroll meticulously selected each of the cast members and adopted the slogan “through these doors pass the most beautiful girls in the world.” The show, headed by Beryl Wallace, became an immediate success and later developed to such personalities as Yvonne deCarlo, Jean Wallace and Marie MacDonald. Slightly less than a decade after it was started production came to a tragic and when Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace were killed in an airplane accident in Pennsylvania on June 17, 1948.

The Florentine Gardens

Among Hollywood's hotspots, one of the biggest and flashiest was the Florentine Gardens, located at 59dgjk55 Hollywood Blvd. Even in a community never noted for modest standards, it was colossal. Not highly popular with most movies celebrities who preferred the exclusive intimacy of such places as Ciro's, Trocadero Café and Mocambo, the noisy barn like club went in for quantity rather than quality during the second world war servicemen were admitted without charge and were seated in a special reserve section to watch the show the Florentine Gardens, unfortunately, filed bankruptcy in 1948; however under new management, it continued as a restaurant, using the same name until it finally went out of business in 1954.

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