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Old Hollywood Legion Stadium Photos

HOLLYWOOD LEGION STADUIM
One of the finest collections of Hollywood Legions Stadium photographs is on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.  Started by Bruce Torrence in 1970, the collection of photographs began with about thirty images, most of which were given to him by his grandfather, Charles Edward Toberman.  Bruce was so enthralled by the photos, that he began collecting photographs of all facets of Hollywood’s history.  The photos of the Hollywood Legion Stadium show the interior and exterior of the famous boxing stadium.  Some show the boxing arena with all the seats surrounding its while other photos show the exterior.  Some of the photos show the many customers who visited the stadium to watch the boxing matches.  HLS-001 shows the exterior of the stadium in 1926, shortly after it was built. HLS-006 is a great photo of the interior which shows the arena in all its glory.  HLS-009 shows a large group of spectators standing outside, waiting to be admitted inside to watch that evenings boxing matches.

The Hollywood Legion Stadium was founded and operated by the American Legion Post #43 which was located on Highland Ave., in Hollywood.  The boxing matches were very popular with many of the actresses and actors of the day.   It was not unusual to see such stars as Charlie Chaplin, Adolphe Menjou, Clark Gable, Conrad Nagel, Gene Autry and Ronald Reagan.

After the Hollywood Legion Stadium closed its doors in the 1960’s, it became a bowling alley for several years.  Later it became a fitness center which is what it is today.

Other photographs in the Hollywoodphotographs.com collection include images of the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Canteen.  All photographs are available for purchase. Visit hollywoodphotographs.com to see great Hollywood photos.

Hollywood Legion Stadium.  

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