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More Vintage Hollywood Photos

Vintage Capitol Records Tower Photo

1955: Capitol Records built the first round office building in the country. Located on Vine St., just north of Hollywood Boulevard, the Capitol Records building had recording studios that were used by such great entertainers as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

Vintage photo of the Garden of Allah Hotel

1936: The Garden of Allah Hotel. located on Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights Ave., was one of Hollywood's most popular and famous (and infamous) hotels in the country. Popular with many of Hollywood's celebrities elite, the hotel lasted for about fifty years.

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Famous Hollywood Restaurants

Three Hollywood Eateries

It's perhaps the very definition of a classic Hollywood experience: a cocktail at the Formosa Cafe', dinner at Musso and Frank's, and a late-night stop at Pink's for a hot dog.  This year all three of these Los Angeles legends are celebrating a major anniversary, so it's the perfect time to experience Hollywood history. The hollywoodphotographs.com website is the largest collection of Hollywood photos

Historic Brown Derby Restaurant Photo

Formosa Cafe

As soon as you go through the leather door, Formosa Café hits you like a blur. Black and red throughout, the dark atmosphere feels welcoming, romantic and just a little illicit. Movie fans will already have recognized it from Swingers, The Majestic...

Hollywood Movie Making Photos

Hollywood Movie Making Photos

Glamour.  Scandal.  Riches.  The silent film era during the 1920s epitomized a fast-moving, hedonistic, exciting period in Los Angeles history, and nowhere was this more evident than along the Hollywood-Los Feliz-Silver Lake motion picture axis and in Hollywood proper.

Vintage Hollywood Movie Studio photo

Hollywoodphotographs.com website

The largest collection of Hollywood movie making photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are more than 1500 vintage photographs of movie making in Hollywood.

Los Feliz as a movie studio mecca?  Today hardly anything remains to remind us of the thriving...

Hollywood Sign Photos on hollywoodphotographs.com website

The largest collection of Hollywoodland Sign and the Hollywood Sign are on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Hollywoodland Sign Photos

There are more than 500 vintage Hollywoodland Sign and Hollywood Sign photographs in this large collection. 

Construction of the Hollywoodland Sign began in October 1923 when the Hollywoodland Development Company decided they needed an advertisement gimmick to attract buyers to their tract.

Vintage and Historic Hollywoodland sign photo

Hollywoodland Sign Construction

The sign was first erected in 1923 and originally read "HOLLYWOODLAND."...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 5

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 5

The old saying, “After ecstasy, the laundry!” certainly applied to the Hollywood Canteen as the glamour of opening night gave way to the reality of daily preparations.

Efforts to get everything ready for the nightly onslaughts of over 2500 servicemen had to be as well coordinated as military maneuvers.

The hollywoodphotographs.com website has the largest number of Hollywood Canteen photos in the world. 

Historical Hollywood Canteen Photo

Hollywood Canteen Food

Each month the soldiers consumed an estimated 4000 loaves of bread, 400 pounds...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 4

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 4

Vintage Hollywood Canteen photos can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  All the photographs are available for purchase.

Hollywood Canteen Opens Its Doors

Excitement kept rising as each day brought the opening closer – not only among the Hollywood Canteen’s inner circles, but also within Hollywood at large. A vigorous publicity campaign, headed by publicist, Mack Millar, had been whetting appetites; above all, the boys on the military bases were kept in the know about all things “Canteen.”  Now word was out that several thousand servicemen might show up, along with hordes of civilians hoping to catch glimpses of their favorite movie stars. Of course private citizens...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 3

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 3 

After weeks of searching for a usable Hollywood Canteen building, Bette Davis and John Garfield found a dilapidated place that had once been a barn right in the heart of Hollywood. Located at 1451 North Cahuenga Boulevard, just south of Sunset Boulevard, the structure had been a series of ill-fated nightclubs. The last was a cabaret-type theater called The Red Barn, where drinks and dinners were served, followed by floor shows and stock melodramas such as Murder In the Red Barn and The Drunkard.

Rare Hollywood Canteen Photograph...

More Cafe Trocadero Photos from hollywoodphotographs.com

Cafe Trocadero photos From hollywoodphotographs.com

In the early 1930’s the La Boheme restaurant, on the Sunset Strip, went out of business.  Billy Wilkerson, who was the publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, bought the building and stored his liquor supply in the basement.  Someone suggested that he open a nightclub/restaurant and he decided to do so. After performing a significant remodel job on the building the Café Trocadero was ready to open. The official opening of the Cafe Trocadero was held on September 17, 1934, to a much anticipating crowd

Cafe Trocadero Photo

The...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 2

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos – Part 2  

Hundreds of Hollywood Canteen photos and history is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All photos are available for purchase.

Bette Davis and John Garfield flung themselves into the rigorous process of turning their dream into a reality.  They spent weekends and eighteen-hour work days, as well as Sundays -- their one day off from the studio -- attacking the mountain of details involved in opening the Hollywood Canteen.

One of their first tasks was to enlist the support of every guild, union, and craft organization affiliated with Hollywood’s entertainment industry. They were met with a grand show of confidence as forty-two guilds and unions unanimously agreed to sponsor the endeavor; later the number...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 1

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos- Part 1

The largest collection of Hollywood Canteen history and photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are more than 400 vintage Hollywood Canteen photographs.

It was the first full year of America at war, and 1942 found the country dancing to “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” listening to a new radio mystery called Suspense, and watching Walt Disney’s Bambi and Donald Gets Drafted in movie theatres. It brought shortages of metal and leather, and rationing of coffee, sugar, and gasoline.

Photo of Hollywood Canteen Organization        

But there was no shortage of fervor...

Photos of Early Hollywood Movie Studios

Photos of early Hollywood movie studios can be found on the

hollywoodphotographs.com website.  There are more than 2000 vintage photos of early Hollywood movie studios on the website and all images are available for purchase.

One of the lesser known, but oldest facilities in Hollywood was located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fleming Street (now Hoover Street). During its almost one hundred year history, the studio was occupied by several small motion picture companies, many of whom were the real pioneers of the film industry.

Vintage photo of of Clune Hollywood Studio

Lubin Manufacturing Company

The studio’s...

Hancock Park and Windsor Square Photographs

Hancock Park and Windsor Square Photos

Within the greater Wilshire Hancock Park area there are three fairly well defined neighborhoods. Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, and Windsor Square. The area is deep in Los Angeles history, character, affluence and charm. Hancock Park and Windsor Square have remained stylish without being hip, quaint without being too cutesy and affluent without being pretentious. With a negligible border between them, Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, and Windsor Square, in body the perfect balance of culture, cuisine, architecture and the community ambience. Before there was such a thing as the west side, Hancock Park was home to the Hollywood elite – and still packs a serious celebrity punch. Just south of Hollywood, this exclusive neighborhood hosts some of the most impressive mansions in Los Angeles and its sprawling green lawns and quaint...

More Garden Of Allah Hotel Photos

More Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

The Garden of Allah Hotel was once Hollywood’s most famous, or perhaps infamous, hotel during the 1930s and 40s. In 1918, stage and screen actress, Alla Nazimova purchased property on Sunset Boulevard and built a rambling hotel which she named the Garden of Allah.

Photo of Garden of Allah Hotel

Hollywood Photograph Collection

The hollywoodphotographs.com website has the largest number vintage Garden of Allah Hotel photos. All the photographs are available for purchase.

Located on Sunset Blvd, just west of Crescent Heights Blvd. the hotel opened in 1927 and catered to some of Hollywood's...