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Ken Murray's Blackouts Photos

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Ken Murray's Blackouts

In keeping with tradition of being the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood had the distinction of being the home of Ken Murray's Blackouts, the longest running variety review in the history of American legitimate theater. Ken Murray started theatergoers laughing on June 24, 1942, when the Blackouts first opened at the El Capitan Theatre, formerly the Hollywood Playhouse Theatre on Vine street. The original El Capitan Theatre was located on Hollywood Boulevard, just west of Highland Avenue. However, when the theater changed its name to Hollywood Paramount Theater in 1942, the owners of the Hollywood Playhouse acquired the El Capitan name. Photos of the El Capitan Theater are...

Vintage Hollywood Photos

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Vintage Hollywood photos

Some of the most popular photographs are vintage Hollywood photos that can be seen on the Hollywood photographs.com website. The public has always been fascinated with the history, and particularly photographs, of Hollywood. Prior to the beginning of the 20th century, Hollywood was a small and sleepy community just a few miles west of Los Angeles. Consisting primarily of small ranches and farms, Hollywood was also known for the fruits that were grown in the surrounding orchards. Hollywood started to grow and by the early 1900s the population was over 700 people. The area, at that time, was known as the Cahuenga Valley and one of its most influential residents was Daeida Wilcox. She and her husband, Harvey, purchased 120 acres in the center of the valley and began...

The Hollywood and Metropolitan Studio

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The Hollywood Studios

By the 1918, ther were many movie studios in and around Hollywood. Recognized the increasing demand for modern “rental studios”, Hollywood real estate, and business developer, Charles E. Toberman, incorporated the   Corporation in 1919.  The stockholders and officers were C.E. Toberman, President; C.W. Bradford, Vice President; John Jasper, Secretary and manager.  After several acres were acquired on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Las Palmas Avenue construction was begun.  As manager of the studio, Jasper oversaw the building of four large stages, dressing rooms, film viewing rooms, prop rooms and offices.  The stages resembled horticulturist...

Viewing Old Hollywood Photos

The largest and finest collection of old, vintage photos of Hollywood are on the Hollywoodphotographs.com website. With more than 12,000 images and over 90 subject categories from which to choose, the website is the best of its kind. 

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Hollywood Studio Club photos

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The Hollywood Studio Club

Within a few years after the movie industry settled in Hollywood, the once sleepy little community was inundated with hundreds of young girls from all over the country who had high hopes of instant stardom. In 1916, some of the girls began gathering regularly in the basement of the Hollywood public library to read plays together. The girls were strangers, lonely and in and unfamiliar city, and often desperately discouraged. Eleanor Jones, the librarian, became concerned about the girls’ welfare when she learned that most of them were living in poorly supervised boarding houses and cheap hotels. She and Mrs. Charles Richmond took the problem to the Young Women's Christian Association, which backed them in locating a recreation hall on Hollywood Boulevard, where the girls...

Historical Hollywood Photos

Historical Hollywood Photos

The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. With more than 8000 photos, covering over 90 subject matters, the website is the best way to look at, and purchase, historical Hollywood photos.

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Early Hollywood

Hollywood's few residents were going about their business at the turn-of-the-century on pepper – tree shaded dirt streets, bordered by dirt sidewalks and curbs of rock from the fields under cultivation. Few of the citizens paid attention to the story that some fellow was making one of those new moving pictures in Los Angeles and on the beach at Santa Monica. None of the farmers, developers, and entrepreneurs who were busy expanding their little suburb could imagine that, owing to the motion pictures, their...