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Schwab’s Pharmacy – An American Icon

Not all icons last forever!  I wish they did, but they don’t.  One of Hollywood establishments, that is as close to an American icon was Schwab’s Pharmacy.  Started in Hollywood in 1932, Schwab’s became an immediate success with, not only, movie stars , but also local residents.  Located at the corner of Sunset Blvd. & Crescent Heights Ave., Schwab’s most popular attractions was its lunch counter.  It was not unusual to see several celebrities having lunch or dinner at the stool lined counter.  One of the largest collections of Schwab’s Pharmacy photographs is  







Movie Stars

One of the movie stars that ate at the Schwab’s counter was Angela Lansbury.  Here she is sipping a coke with Hurd Hatfield in 1945.  Many other celebrities went to Schwab’s for other reasons – getting their prescriptions was another one of them.  Evelyn Keyes was also a regular.  Here she is selling cigars during a special event at Schwabs.


Sidney Skolsky

Popular fan magazine writer and gossip columnist, Sidney Skolsky spent a great deal of his time at Schwab’s.  He didn’t drive so he hitched rides with anyone going to or leaving the famous pharmacy.  It was here that he was able to interview the hundreds of celebrities that he wrote about in his daily newspaper column. He had a section in the pharmacy department which he called his office.




Closing of Schwab’s

By the late 1970s and early 80s, the Sunset Strip was beginning to lose its luster, due to the explosion of the hippie movement.  Schwab’s was not immune to this downturn in the Sunset Strip’s popularity.  After struggling to keep the business profitable, Leon Schwab closed the famous pharmacy in October, 1982.  The building was finally torn down in 1988.

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