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The Best Vintage Hollywood Photos

The Best Vintage Hollywood Photos

Unquestionably, the finest and largest collection of vintage, old and historical photos of Hollywood is on the website. With more than 90 subject categories from which to choose, there are more than 9000 vintage photographs on the website. The collection was started, by Bruce Torrence, in 1970, when his grandfather, Charles E. Toberman showed and gave him about 30 old photographs of Hollywood. It wasn't long before he had a couple hundred vintage Hollywood photos. After 40 years of collecting, the Hollywood collection is the largest collection of Hollywood photos. Some of the subject categories include the following;


Brown Derby Restaurant Photos

Some of the most popular restaurant photographs are of the Brown Derby restaurant which was one of Hollywood's most popular eateries. Located on N. Vine St., the restaurant was popular with, not only, celebrities, but also the general public. Actually, there were four Brown Derby restaurants; the first was on Wilshire Boulevard in the building was in the shape of a derby; the second was on Vine Street; the third was in Beverly Hills; and the fourth was on Los Feliz Boulevard. The Hollywood collection has photographs of all four restaurants including those of celebrities dining at the Hollywood Brown Derby. Some of those photos include images of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Glenn Ford, and Rita Hayworth.


Grauman's Chinese Theater Photos

Sid Grauman's second Hollywood theater was his Chinese theater, on Hollywood Boulevard. Built by Charles E. Toberman in 1927, the theater was an immediate success. The theater’s first film, was the premier of Cecil B DeMille's movie, the King of Kings, starring Ernest Torrence, as Peter. The theaters most unique and popular attraction is the hand and foot prints, of celebrities, in the theaters for court. The first to place their hand and foot prints in the forecourt were Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Some of the most popular celebrities to place their hand and foot prints in the wet cement, include, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Steve McQueen, Sophia Loren, and Peter O'Toole. The Hollywood website has the largest and rarest number of photos of hand and foot print ceremonies. Today millions of tourist flock to the theater to place their hands and feet in their favorite stars hand and foot prints.

Hollywood Nightclubs

Without question, some this country's finest and most glamorous nightclubs were located in Hollywood.


Earl Carroll Theater

The Earl Carroll Theatre, located on Sunset Boulevard just east of Argyle Avenue, boasted of the most beautiful girls in the world. The theaters show was a cavalcade of beautiful women in an extravagant display of showmanship. Many of the women in the show went on to become celebrities in their own right. Unfortunately, the theater closed and was sold in 1948 after Earl Carroll was killed in an airplane crash.


Moulin Rouge

Beginning in 1953, Frank Sennes, took over the Earl Carroll Theatre and renamed it Moulin Rouge. He, like Earl Carroll, put on large and extravagant shows and also had top named entertainers perform at the nightclub. During the day, the theater played host to the television show, Queen For A Day, starring Jack Bailey. The Moulin Rouge continue to operate for several years, until, Frank Sennes decided to begin producing shows in Las Vegas. There are many photos of the Moulin Rouge on the Hollywood website.

Sunset Strip Nightclubs/Restaurants

Some of the worlds most glamorous, lavish and popular nightclubs and restaurants were located on Sunset Boulevard, in West Hollywood. This part of Sunset Boulevard was popularly known as the Sunset strip. Even though it was, technically, not in Hollywood, it was always promoted and advertised as being, “Hollywood.”


Café Trocadero, Ciro’s and Mocambo

One of the earliest of these lavish nightclubs was the Café Trocadero, which was owned by William “Billy” Wilkerson. Many of Hollywood's most celebrated personalities called the “Troc” home. After a few years, Wilkerson sold the Cafe Trocadero and started a new nightclub, which he called Ciros.  This, unquestionably, became one of the worlds most famous nightclubs. It, too, was very popular with the Hollywood establishment. Later, it was owned by Herman Hover, who operated the club for many years.  Several years later the nightspot became the home of Art Laboes nightclub. But today the building is occupied by the Comedy Club. The third popular nightclub on the Sunset strip was the famous Mocambo, which was just down the street from Ciro’s. Opened in 1941 by Charlie Morrison, the Mocambo also catered to some of Hollywood's most popular celebrities. In addition to the fine dining that was offered to the public, the nightclub boasted of some of the best entertainers Hollywood had to offer. They included such celebrities as Bob Hope, Nat King Cole, Tony Martin, Jack Benny and many others. Because of the popularity of the nightclub, the entertainers entertained to a packed house. This they did for many years. Mocambo continued to operate for a short time after Charlie Morrison's death, but it wasn't the same. Finally, much to the sadness of its many notable patrons, the famous club closed its doors on June 30, 1952. Great vintage photos of Café Trocadero, Ciro’s and Mocambo are on the Hollywood website.


Hollywood Hotels

One of Hollywood's earliest and most popular hotels was the Hollywood Hotel. Located on the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the first building was erected in 1902. Two additions were made to the hotel, one and 1905 and the other in 1908. It became the social center of Hollywood for many years and was patronized by many Hollywood celebrities, including Rudolph Valentino. Unfortunately, due to its age and type of construction, the Hollywood Hotel was razed in 1956. In its place, the Hollywood savings and loan association building was erected. However, in 1980 the building was demolished and replaced with, what is today, the tourist attraction called Hollywood and Highland. The Hollywood collection and website has some of the earliest and rarest photographs of the Hollywood Hotel.

Another great Hollywood hotel was the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel which was built by Charles E. Toberman in 1927. This hotel had the distinction of hosting the first Academy awards in 1929, inside the blossoms ballroom. Other popular Hollywood hotels included the Knickerbocker Hotel, the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, and the Garden of Allah Hotel.

The Hollywood website has hundreds of rare and vintage photos of many other subjects. Some of these include, the Hollywood bowl, the Hollywood canteen, movie studios, the Hollywood walk of fame, and the Hollywood sign. All of the photos on the Hollywood website are available for purchase.









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