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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 Cafe Trocaadero was an immediate success and catered to some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities and dignitaries. Also known as, “the Troc”, Café Trocadero was the first of the three famous Sunset strip nightclubs. Located at 8610 Sunset Boulevard, Café Trocadero was an immediate success. Those who attended the opening night included such notables as, Carl Laemmle Jr., Virginia Hill, Ida Lupino, and Joe Schenck. The lavish nightclub boasted of having some of the movie industries most famous people as it’s clients, including Wallace Berry, Fredric March, Irving Dahlberg, Hal Roach and Irving Berlin.


New Cafe Trocadero Building

In 1936, the old building was demolished and replaced with a much more modern structure. In 1937, Wilkerson wanted to pull out stakes from the Trocadero. Felix Young, at some point, became involved with the nightclub, either as a manager or part owner. Beginning in mid-1939, Young began discussions with the landlord regarding the rent. When negotiations broke down, Young closed the nightclub on October 7, 1939.

Vintage Cafe Trocadero Photograph 

The Café Trocadero was one of three famous nightclubs that existed on Sunset Blvd. during the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.  That part of Sunset Blvd. is also known as the Sunset Strip. That is because that area of Sunset Blvd. is in the County of Los Angeles. Below is a photo of Jean Harlow and William Hagen Perry dining at the Caft Trocadero.  At right is a photo of the Cafe Trocadero before it was demolished, in 1936, nd replaced with a much more modern building.


Vintage Photo of Jean Harlow

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