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Hollywood Pictures is the largest collection of Hollywood Pictures on the internet.  Begun in 1970, the collection was started by Bruce Torrence, whose grandfather, Charles E. Toberman, was an early Hollywood pioneer.  Beginning with about thirty historic photographs of Hollywood, Bruce began on a mission to establish the largest collection of Hollywood pictures, in the world.

Hollywood Sign

Pictures of the Hollywood sign is probably the most popular category of photo in the collection.  There are over 225 photos of this Hollywood icon

Today there are over 12,000 photographs in the collection, of which there are more than 8,000 pictures on his web site,

Visitors to the web site are able to choose photos from over ninety subject categories – ranging from Hollywood Airfields to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Restaurants and Nigntclubs

One of the most interesting and viewed categories of Hollywood pictures is restaurant and nightclubs. It’s always fun to see photos of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at the Brown Derby Restaurant or Frank Sinatra  dining at Mocambo. Looking at images of Ronald Reagan and other celebrities at the famous Ciro’s nightclub is always a pleasure.

For those interested in viewing Hollywood Pictures of historic buildings that no longer exist, this site has it all.  Pictures of such structures as the Pan Pacific Auditorium, the Gilmore Field and Gilmore Stadium can be seen on the web site.  Other pictures of buildings that no longer exist include the famous Hollywood Hotel, Garden of Allah Hotel and the popular Florentine Gardens nightclub. 


The Hollywood Canteen

The Hollywood Canteen is certainly one of the popular subject categories.  Bruce Torrence, the owner of just completed writing a book titled, “The Hollywood Canteen”.  The book, which is now available for purchase, chronicles the history of the Hollywood Canteen which existed during W.W. II, from 1942 thru 1945. In it are pictures of such celebrities and Bette Davis, John Garfield and Joan Leslie.

In the Restaurant/Nightclub category are pictures of such eateries and night spots as The Comedy Store, Don The Beachcomber, Dino’s and the Crescendo on Sunset Blvd.

All the Hollywood Pictures on the web site are available for purchase

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