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Photos of Hollywood

Photos of Hollywood has the largest and finest collection of Hollywood photos. There are more than 12,000 images that cover 90 subject categories. All the photos are available for purchase.  The collection’s largest subjects are the photos of the Hollywood Canteen, the Hollywood sign and movie studios.  The following is a description of three other popular photo categories.

Hollywood Bowl Photo

Vintage photos of the Hollywood Bowl

The site of the Hollywood Bowl was chosen in 1919 by William Reed and his son H. Ellis Reed, who were sent to find a suitable location for outdoor performances by the members of the newly formed Theatre Arts Alliance headed by Christine Witherill Stevenson. The Reeds selected a natural amphitheater, a shaded canyon and popular picnic spot known as 'Daisy Dell' in Bolton Canyon.

On 11 November 1921 the first Sunrise Service took place at the bowl.

The Bowl officially opened on July 11, 1922, with the audience seated on simple wooden benches placed on the natural hillsides of 'Daisy Dell' in Bolton Canyon, conductor Alfred Hertz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic inaugurated the first season of music under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. While much has changed in the ensuing years, the tradition of presenting some of the world's greatest musicians and entertainers..

The Hollywood Bowl has had several orchestra shell, including two designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.

Some of the entertainment industry’s finest entertainers have performed t the Hollywood Bowl, including Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.

Roosevelt Hotel photo

Photos of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The website has a large number of vintage and rare photos of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The hotel, is located on the southwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. in Hollywood. Named after Theodore Roosevelt, it was developed by Charles Toberman.  Investors in the hotel included Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Gloria Swanson. It cost $2.5 million to complete the twelve story building which has 300 rooms and suites.

Standing right across the street from Grauman's Chinese Theatre, it’s right in the middle of the 2,400 or so stars that make up the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and for many years it was the office and home of former radio star and honorary “Mayor of Hollywood,” Johnny Grant.

Designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by architects Fisher, Lake & Traver, the 12-storey building had 300 rooms and was the height of luxury—it had a large pool, banqueting space, library, barbershop and laundry service—and today it’s just as opulent, with leather sofas, huge iron chandeliers and tiled fountains.

One of the special events that took place at the Roosevelt Hotel was the first Academy Awards. It was held in the Blossom Room.

Today, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is one of Hollywood’s most popular hotels.

Hollywood sign photo

Photos of the Hollywood Sign

The Hollywoodland sign was erected in 1923 by the owners of the real estate development called Hollywoodland. It was intended to be an “advertising sign” to promote the sale of property within the new subdivision.  For reasons explained below, the sign was altered, in late 1949, to read HOLLYWOOD.  Ever since then, this sign and the 1978  replacement sign has read HOLLYWOOD.

It’s now clear is that the sign was completed no later than the first week of December 1923 and first illuminated on December 8, 1923. (12) What is uncertain is when was construction begun and exactly how long it took to build the sign. 

The Hollywoodland sign, when finished, was 543 feet in length. The face of each letter was about forty-five feet high and thirty feet wide.  (13) Because the face of each letter was elevated off the ground, the top of the letters averaged about fifty-five to sixty feet off the ground. The average space between each letter was approximately twelve feet. 

For years, the date of 1949 has been accepted and written as the date the letter “H” was knocked to the ground. The most accepted story was that it was blown down in a windstorm in 1949.  The actual date the letter blew down was March, 1944.

In 1949, the letter “H” was restored and the last four letters removed. After the sign was refurbished, the sign read HOLLYWOOD.  By 1978, the sign had been nearly destroyed by sever winds and inclement weather.  The sign was demolished and replaced by one with state-of-the-art materials.

Hollywood Photos Website

The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the website.  All the photographs are available for purchase.



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