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Sunset Boulevard. Photos on hollywoodphotographs.com

Sunset Blvd. Photos on hollywoodphotographs.com

Sunset Blvd. is one of the oldest and longest streets in Los Angeles.  At about 24 miles in length, from the Pacific Ocean on the west to Echo Park at the east, parts of Sunset Blvd. is considered one of the most glamorous streets in the country.  Some of the finest photos of Sunset Blvd. are in the hollywoodphotographs.com website and collection.

One of the earliest photos, of the famous street, is of the grading in the Hollywood Area.  As Hollywood began to grow, the street became the hub of some of Hollywood’s most glamorous restaurants, nightclubs and shops.

For years, a portion of Sunset Blvd. is not part of the city Los Angeles or Hollywood. It is in the County of Los Angeles and was commonly known as “the Sunset Strip.”  It was here that most of the popular nightspots and restaurants were located. Between the mid-1930s through the  1950s, the Sunset Strip was the home of some of the most glamorous restaurants and nightclubs in the country.  Cafe Trocadero, Mocambo, Ciro’s and La Rues were the playground of the stars.  In the 1960s and ‘70s, such nightspots as Interlude, Crescendo, Gazzarri’s, Rainbow Bar and Grill and Whisky-A-Go-Go were extremely popular.  Other well know eateries, that called the Strip their home were Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant, Cyranos, Scandia and Dino’s Restaurant.   Hundreds of photos and images of these famous restaurants and nightclubs are on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Further west, near the intersection of Crescent Heights, was the most celebrated drugstore in the world.  Schwab’s Pharmacy became the hangout for some of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars.  Soon after the store opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, Hollywood's famous began coming down from the hills to pick up sundries, gather to meet friends, or just relax over a soda or cup of coffee. Schwab's Drug Store became known for the stars that would appear there, and attracted the attention of locals and tourists alike.

Just down the street, was of the most famous hotels on Sunset Blvd. was the Garden of Allah Hotel.  Located just west of Crescent Heights Ave, the hotel was developed by an actress named Alla Nazimova and had it’s opening in 1927.  Over the course of it’s thirty year career,  countless celebrities including Humphrey Bogart,Robert Benchley, and John Barrymore stayed at the hotel.  The hotel developed quite a reputation as being a “party” hotel which later was the cause for its downfall.  In 1959, the property was sold to a Savings and Loan who demolished the building to make way for its corporate offices.

When the motion picture industry decided to make Hollywood their home, the first studio was located at Sunset Blvd. & Gower Street. Arriving in 1911, the Nestors Film Company rented the former Blondeau Tavern and converted it into a studio.  Within three years, more than fifteen film production companies were located on Sunset Blvd. Studio like Francis Ford, Columbia, Warner Bros. and Century Film Company called Sunset Blvd. home.

A very popular nightclub, in Hollywood, was the Earl Carroll Theater.  Opened in 1938 by Earl Carroll, customers were treated to cocktails, dinner and a spectacular show of glamorous ladies. It was Carroll who coined the phrase,” thru these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world.”

The nightclub lasted for ten years, until the untimely death of Earl Carroll in 1948.  Later the building was taken over by Frank Sennes who converted the building to his Moulin Rouge nightclub.

All of he photos on the hollywoodphotographs.com website and Google+ page are available for purchase, either for personal or commercial use. 

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