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Coconut Grove Pictures

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If you or someone you know loves vintage Hollywood, you may want to consider some Coconut Grove pictures as gifts for them, or for yourself. These can add a touch of personality and flair and give any room a real vintage and old-world Hollywood feeling. Obviously shopping for Coconut Grove pictures is not as easy as visiting your nearest retailer and browsing their art department.   Specialty items such as ...

Coconut Grove Pics

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Coconut Grove pics are seldom seen circulating on the internet. It takes a really great and dependable site like the for us to be able to get a glimpse of the original and classic pictures of this once famous hotel, the Ambassador Hotel and its equally famous night club. Most of us probably have no idea as to what happened to the Ambassador Hotel and its night club and how popular it was during the 1930's and 1940's. It's a good thing that there are still some Coconut Grove pictures left for us to see how glorious...

Coconut Grove Photos

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The site showcases a lot of historical photographs that are rarely seen circulating on the internet. A number of these rare pictures are actually from those of the once very famous hotel, the Ambassador Hotel and its night club, known as the Coconut Grove Nightclub. These Coconut Grove photos are considered as classics and contribute a lot to the history of the hotels in our country. The ...

Chinese Theatre photos



The Chinese Theater is probably the most well known theater in the world today. Construction began in January 1926 by Charles E. Toberman for Sid Grauman. The theater opened May 18, 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's film The King of Kings. Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars attended the premiere, including Ernest Torrence who played the apostle Peter in the...

Chinese Theater Pics

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The largest collection of Chinese Theater pics is  There are scores of fabulous photos of everything from a steamshovel digging the foundation for the theater to tourist looking at the many hand and footprints in the cement.  There...

Historic Hollywood studio is updated with new buildings

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A clutch of city officials and film industry promoters gathered Monday morning on the same lot in East Hollywood where Mary Pickford once worked to celebrate a rare occurrence: the opening of a new soundstage in Los Angeles.

Hollywood-based Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, which owns a dozen local soundstages and other entertainment businesses, unveiled a 14,000-square-foot, 54-foot high soundstage on the historic Occidental Studios lot, along with 6,000 square feet of hair and makeup facilities, dressing rooms and office space.

That’s hardly extraordinary in a city that boasts about 300 soundstages,...

John Bengstson's Book 'Silent Visions' Is a Masterpiece of Research

John Bengston has tracked down the original locations for the three biggest comedy stars of the silent era.  His books are a treasure trove for historians and film lovers, reminding us that these early films are not just masterpieces of comedy but also remarkable time capsules of early 20th century America.  His  Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold LloydpastedGraphic.pdf is a follow-up to his Silent Echoes: Discovering...

In Hollywood, They Got It Wrong


The sign at 'Hollywood Historic Site No. 38' has its facts wrong, Brian Christie says. And he ought to know, he says, because the Christie Hotel, Hollywood's first 'modern' luxury hotel, was built by his great-grandfather, Haldane H. Christie.

Until now, it was believed the hotel was built and owned by Al and Charles Christie who were instrumental in establishing the first movie studio in Hollywood. 

If the historical record can be believed, Christie has rich family roots.

The 52-year-old West Hills resident has traced them back to 1740, when Capt. John Christie was born in Scotland and later migrated...

Hollywood Walk of Fame 2011 Honorees

The Hollywood Chamber has unveiled ten stars so far in 2011 on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bill Geist, Penelope Cruz, Bryan Adams, Zubin Mehta, Alec Baldwin, John Langley, Adam Sandler, ...

Brown Derby Restaurant

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Most people think there was only one Brown Derby Restaurant - the Hollywood Brown Derby.  But actually, there were four. The first was built on Wilshire Blvd and was in the shape of a derby hat. The second one, and certainly the most popular, was located on Vine Street, in Hollywood.  The third was on Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills, and ...

Hollywood Canteen Photos



The Hollywood Canteen was legendary.  The Hollywood Canteen operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, California between October 3, 1942 and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day) as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. 

Founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield, and with the assistance of Dr. Jules Stein, the Hollywood Canteen opened its doors on October 3, 1942 with a grand opening ceremony that rivaled the best of Hollywood movie premieres. Hundreds of Hollywood Canteen photos...

Hollywood Images For Purchase

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The Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Brown Derby Restaurant, and many other iconic sites are an important part of Hollywood’s illustrious history.  Remember the Hollywood Canteen, an important part of WWII history?   Are you interested in looking through a collection that contains over 12,000 classic Hollywood photos, which date from 1880 to 1990? is the largest collection of Hollywood images, with over 6,000...

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The Hollywood Sign is probably the most iconic symbol in all of Hollywood.  It is usually the first thing visitors wish to see when they visit Los Angeles.  The legendary sign spells out the name in 45-foot-tall and 350-foot-long white letters, and originally read 'HOLLYWOODLAND'.  It was created as an advertisement for a new housing development in 1923, but garnered recognition after the sign was left up.  The sign was originally only designed to be able to stay up for 18 months, but has survived to this day due to financial donors, and due to the Hollywood Sign Trust, an organization whose purpose is to maintain, repair and secure the sign.  The original sign was lighted by about 4000 incandescent light bulbs that were replaced by Albert Kothe, when they burned out.  After a couple of year, the...

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Need Classic Photographs of the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of Hollywood's most iconic landmarks.  It consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, carrying the names of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theater groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administrated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.  Joanne...

Hollywood Walk of Fame Celebrates its 50th Anniversary


The Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce planned numerous events throughout the year to mark this important anniversary. Many of the historic walk of fame photographs that were used in the promotional material were provided by Bruce Torrence’s collection.


The first eight stars were dedicated in September, 1958 and placed in the sidewalk on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. They were installed several months prior to the official 1960 Walk of Fame ground-breaking so as to be ready when the new, twelve-story First Federal Savings and Loan building was completed in January, 1959. The eight film notables, who bear the distinction of being the first to have their...

William & Kate expected to dazzle in Hollywood


Prince William and his new wife, Kate, make their debut on the world's largest celebrity stage on Friday with a brief California visit that combines the glitz of Hollywood with the grit of Skid Row in Los Angeles.

In a town stuffed with A-list stars, William and Kate already shine the brightest and their three-day trip to Los Angeles has sent celebrity media into a frenzy.

'We have never had a royal couple that have so much celebrity as these two. American girls are obsessed with Kate Middleton -- what she wears, what she does and the fact she was an ordinary girl who managed to bag a prince.

Searches on Yahoo! for the royal newlyweds are up 354 percent this week, fueled by their much photographed first overseas visit to Canada, the online search engine said.

But with...

Peter O'Toole Immortalized in Grauman's Chinese Theater Forecourt


He was Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett and the man of the year in My Favorite Year. On April 30, 2011, he was immortalized in cement among the gallery of over 200 other films stars in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. He is the one and only Peter O’Toole.

Angelica Houston, Jane Powell, Barbara Hershey and other celebrities and a large group of his fans from the past 50 years came to see Peter place his hands and footprints into a specially mixed “gold dust” color of cement. The first of it’s kind, in the 80 year history of this Hollywood tradition, took place in 1927 with Mary Pickford and Douglas...

American Legion Post 43 to Host Hollywood Chamber Mixer


The American Legion Post 43 will generously host the Hollywood Chamber’s Business After Hours mixer in July. Join us and learn about the history of this landmark as you network and make new business connections. The mixer will be held at 2035 North Highland Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for future-members, which includes two beverages, and hors d’oeuvres. 


Hollywood Post 43 has a long and storied history in Hollywood. It was formed in 1919 at the Toberman Hall at 6416 Hollywood Blvd.  Starting in 1920, Post 43 ran the ...

Millennium Hollywood Proposed Around Capitol Records Tower


Two New York real estate developers unveiled on Friday their plans for Millennium Hollywood, a nearly $1 billion mixed-use project that would rise up around the iconic Capitol Records Tower on Vine Street in historic Hollywood.

The historic tower, completed in 1956, also houses the famous Capitol Studios, where generations of artists including Capitol label co-founder Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys recorded music.  The Tower, which was the first...

Cirque du Soleil Opens in Historic Hollywood


The cast of 'Iris,' Cirque du Soleil's new movie-themed show at the famed Kodak Theatre here, took the stage on June 16, 2011 to preview the upcoming production's mix of elite acrobatics, audio visual technology, and live music and dance for a select crew of press, corporate reps, and local government officials.


The Kodak Theater is located in the heart of historic Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave. and was the former home of the famous Hollywood Hotel...