Cocoanut Grove


The Ambassador Hotel formally opened on January 1, 1921, and was located at 3400 Wilshire Blvd., between Catalina Street and Mariposa Avenue, in the center of Los Angeles' mid-Wilshire District. Designed by Pasadena architect Myron Hunt, the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove restaurant and nightclub was frequented by Hollywood personalities and luminaries of the world, with some taking up residence. From 1930 to 1943, six Academy Awards ceremonies were held at the Coconut Grove. Perhaps as many as seven U.S. Presidents stayed at The Ambassador Hotel, from Hover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world. Coconut Grove photos are available for purchase on this site. For decades, the hotel's famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub hosted the biggest names in entertainment, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby, Lisa Minnelli, Martin and Lewis, The Supremes, Mervin Griffin, Dorothy Dandridge, Evelyn Knight, Perry Como, and Richard Pryor. During its heyday, the Coconut Grove nightclub was a popular hangout for photographes taking hundreds of Coconut Grove photos, Coconut Grove pictures and Coconut Grove images. During the Roaring Twenties, the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove nightclub was the hotspot for people like Louis B. Mayer, Charles Chaplin, Douglws Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Howard Hughes, Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, and others. It's been said that Joan Crawford would go there once a week and dance the Charlston, where she allegedly won 100 dance contests. The 1930s saw the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove as a splashy playground for such film legends as Norma Shearer, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Catherine Toberman, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, and countless others. On February 29, 1940, the 1939 Academy Awards Ceremony took place in the Cocoanut Grove, with Bob Hope hosting. In the pantry area of the hotel's main kitchen, shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, and following a short victory speech in the Embassy Room ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel, the winner of the California Democratic presidential primary election, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was shot along with five other people. Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan was arrested at the scene and later convicted of the murder. Kennedy died one day later from his injuries, while the other victims survived their wounds. The death of Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) coincided with the beginning of the hotel's demise, hastened by the decline of the surrounding neighborhood. By the 1970s, the gang and drug problems in the area near the hotel were already becoming severe, and worsened as time went on. Despite a renovation of the Cocoanut Grove in the mid-1970s, the hotel was unable to return to its former splendor, and was closed in 1989 to guests On this site are some of the most sought after Coconut Grove images, Coconut Grove pictures and Coconut Grove photos. One of the Coconut Grove's competitors was the famous Earl Carrol Theater and the Mocambo on Sunset Blvd. Many partons would go to the Coconut Grove after the many movie premieres.

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Cocoanut Grove interior
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Ray West & His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra
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Cocoanut Grove
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An evening at the Cocoanut Grove
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1922
Cocoanut GroveRay West & His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra
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1929
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1937
Cocoanut GroveAn evening at the Cocoanut Grove
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1938
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Cocoanut Grove
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Fashion Show At The Cocoanut Grove
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1938
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1938
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1955
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Cocoanut Grove Marquee
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Bette Davis at the Cocoanut Grove
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Dining at the Cocoanut Grove
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Sonja Henie at the Cocoanut Grove
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1948
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1949
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1938
Cocoanut GroveSonja Henie at the Cocoanut Grove
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1938