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Hollywood Photos - Garden Court Apartments Photographs

Garden Court ApartmentsT

For decades, the elegant Garden Court Apartments represented high-class living for both aspiring and successful residents of Hollywood. Located just west of the thriving business district at 7021 Hollywood Blvd., the neo-baroque structure featured regal caryatids holding up pilasters just above the first floor, a dramatic design showing the strength and integrity of the building.

The June 3, 1916, Los Angeles Times noted the beginning of construction for J. E. Ransford’s four-story class C apartment home, designed and built by the renowned Frank Meline Co. The classical structure would consist of 190 two and three room suites composed of hard wood and tile. An ad in the Jan. 1, 1917, Times proclaimed Hartwell Motor Co. President Ransford’s $500,000 building, “the Most Modern in the West,” and...

Vintage and Rare Hollywood Bowl Photos

Hollywood Bowl photo

The first event held, at what would later be the Hollywood Bowl, was the 1921 Easter Sunrise Service.

Participants walked up the canyon and held the serevice. This 1922 photo shows an early afternoon play with the audience sitting on wooden benches. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All photos are available for purchase.

Will Hayes at the Hollywood Bowl

Film/movie decency advocate, Will Hayes, was an invited guest to speak at the Hollywood Bowl in 1922. The large audience sat on wooden benches while Will Hayes spoke from a very crude stage. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Hollywood Bowl Photo...

Vintage Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

 Garden of Allah Hotel.

The Garden of Allah began as the palatial home of Alla Nazimova, a star of the screen in the silent film era. (Reports vary, claiming she bought the house in 1918, 1919, or 1921). As talkies began to force many of film’s original luminaries out of the picture, in 1927 Nazimova was advised to convert her mansion and the two-and-a-half acres on which it sat into a business property that could provide her with income in her retirement.

For sometime, this was the largest swimming pool in town. It was built to remind Nazimova her home in Yalta. Paramount Studios had bestowed Nazimova with the home and grounds when the star was at her apex so that she could enjoy a glamorous retreat in the burgeoning Hollywood community. A 1959 LA Times article discusses those early years:To garnish the gift, [Nazimova] built Hollywood’s largest swimming pool—65...

Vintage Hollywood Photos - Hal Roach Studios

HAL ROACH STUDIOS

Probably no producer brought more laughter to movie and television audiences than movie pioneer Hal Roach.  Born on January 14, 1892 in Elmira, New York, he drifted into films in 1913 after migrating down from Alaska where worked as a laborer.  He began his career after answering an ad for western extras at Universal where he performed as a stuntman and minor actor in westerns and action films.  Later he he became an assistant director responsible for various production duties.  It was here he met and befriended Harold Lloyd who he thought had great potential as a comedian.  Shortly thereafter, Lloyd went to Keystone to hone his skills while Roach left Universal to strike out on his own.  

Rolin Film Co.

In July 23, 1914, he incorporated he Rolin Film Company. He derived the name from the first initials...

More Vintage Hollywood Boulevard Photographs

1900 Hollywood Blvd. Photo

Until 1910, Hollywood Boulevard was named Prospect Ave. When the City of Hollywood annexed to the City of Hollywood, the Board of Trustees rename it Hollywood Blvd. This rare photo is looking west on Prospect Ave, from Gower St. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Prospect Ave. photo

This vintage photos was taken in 1900 and shows the E.C. Hurd residence on the northwest corner of Prospect Ave. & Wilcox Ave. Prospect Ave. (now Hollywood Blvd.) was lined with pepper trees and was, almost, exclusively a residential street. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website...

Vintage Hollywood Canteen Photos

Fay McKenzie photo

Dancing was one of the most popular activities at the Hollywood Canteen. Many of Hollywood's most famous and beautiful celebrities volunteer to dance with the visiting servicemen. The most popular dance was the jitterbug, as shown here where actress, Fay McKinzie is dancing with a very nimble serviceman. From the hollywoodphotographs,com website.

Bunny Walters Photo

Many of Hollywood's most beautiful actresses volunteer their time to dance with the visiting servicemen. Here is gorgeous, six-foot tall Bunny Walters dancing with 5 foot, three inch tall Henry Pilla. From the hollywoodcanteenphotographs.com website.

Mickey Rooney photo...

Rare Hollywood Studio Photos

California Studios

1925: This is a rare photo of the California Studios and Bishoff Studios, located on Gower St, just south of Sunset Blvd. The studios were owned and opeerated by film maker & pioneer Sam Bishoff. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Christie Studios

1916: This is a rare photo of the Christie Film Co. & Nestors Comedies, located on the northwest corner of Sunset Blvd. & Gower St.. This the location where the Nestors Film Company established a studio in October 1910. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Intolerance movie set...

Hollywood Photographs For Sale - Vitagraph Studios

VITAGRAPH STUDIOS

By 1911, the Vitagraph Company, founded by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, was one of the leading motion picture producing companies in the east. Located in Flatbush, Brooklyn, they made one and two reel dramas and westerns using the countryside as their backdrop.  However, they, like other eastern film companies, were plagued by the severe winters which forced them to halt production for several months each year.

Vitagraph photo

Vitagraph Studios In Hollywood

Seeking more “western type” settings and an environment which would allow year-round “shooting”, a troupe, headed by Rollin S. Sturgeon, from Vitagraph left for California on October 23, 1911.  While on...

Hollywood Photos - Republic Studios

Republic Studios History

In 1927, Mack Sennett, owner of the Sennett studio in Edendale, purchased property on Ventura Blvd. and built a new studio.  It operated until 1934.  The studio was taken over by Republic Studios in 1935.

Republic Pictures doesn’t have the same stature as MGM, Paramount or Warner Brothers, but for kids who grew up watching Westerns in the 1930s and ‘40s, the Republic logo, the eagle perched on a mountaintop, was as good as gold.

One of the celebrities who will be in attendance athe 75thanniversary, is the wonderful Adrian Booth (a.k.a. Lorna Gray a.k.a. Virginia Pound). Booth played opposite everyone from the Three Stooges to John Wayne. Today she’s best remembered as the evil Arab queen Vultura who made life tough for Nyoka in the first-rate, 1942 Republic serial Perils of Nyoka.

Early Republic Studios

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Vintage Hollywood Photos - Chaplin Studios

CHAPLIN STUDIOS

Charles Spencer Chaplin began his illustrious American movie career in 1914 with the Keystone Film Company in Edendale, California.  After making several films there, he left in 1914 to accept an offer with G.M. Anderson of the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company.  He made his first three films at the Chicago Essanay studio but didn’t like it there.  He moved to Essanay’s studio in Niles, California and stayed for almost three months.  Here he made “A Night Out”, “The Champion”, “In The Park”, “A Jitney Elopement” and “The Tramp.”  He then went to Los Angeles in April to finish out his Essanay contract. The following year, in 1916, Chaplin started his own company by building the Lone Star Studio at Lillian Way and Eleanor Ave in...

Vintage Brown Derby Photos

The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood was the most popular renstaurant in Hollywood's history. Located on Vine St., it catered to some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities and powerful businessmen and civic leaders.

Brown Derby Photo1977 Burgess Meredith, Carol Channing and John Huston dining at the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant on Vine St. 

Hermione Gingold photo1977 Radio commentator, Gregg Hunter broadcast his radio show from the Hollywood Broiwn Derby Restaurant, where he interviewed many Hollywood celebrities....

Mocambo Nightclub Photos

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History of Mocambo Nightclub: By Martin Turnbull

With places like the Trocadero and Ciro’s attracting the glamor crowd, the Sunset Strip had, by the early 1940s, become the street to go when Hollywood was in the mood to party. (Although, considering the marathon hours and Herculean effort it took to produce those classic movies, you have to wonder how the hell they found the time and energy to...

View Hollywood Photos

Vintage Hollywood Photos

The best and largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. Thousands of people visit this website to see rare Hollywood photos. All the Hollywood photos are available for purchase . The following is the history, and photos, or the Essanay Film Company.

ESSANAY FILM  MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Gilbert M. Anderson appearance in Edison’s 1903 classic “The Great Train Robbery”, earned him the distinction of being the  first “cowboy star” of American cinema.   After starring in the primordial film, Gilbert M. Anderson, who was born Max Aaronson, decided the film industry was for him.  He played a variety of roles until he joined Vitagraph where he began directing as well as acting in one-reelers including the 1905 hit “The Raffles,...

More vintage & rare Hollywood Photos

Hollywood Photos

The world's largest collection of Hollywood Photos is on the hollywoosphotographs.com website. There are more than 12,000 vintage hollywood photos and over 90 subject categories from which to view. All the photographs in the collection are available for purchase. Both high resolution digital images and actual photographs are available.

REVIER, LASKY AND ZUKOR AND PARAMOUNT

For some unexplainable reason, one of Hollywood’s earliest movie makers, Harry M. Revier, has been completely overlooked by most film historians.  L.L. Burns, who later started Western Costume Company, and Harry Revier joined together to form Burns and Revier Studio and Laboratory in 1912.  In early 1913, after vacating their first studio at Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, they...

Vintage & Rare Hollywood Photos

HOLLYWOOD PHOTOS 

Hollywood photos are for sale on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. This is the world's largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos and all are available for purchase. There are over 90 subjects to from which to choose and there are more than 500 blogs that tell the history of Hollywood. The following is an example of the vintage Hollywood photos and history of early Hollywood. 

HAL ROACH STUDIOS

Probably no producer brought more laughter to movie and television audiences than movie pioneer Hal Roach.  Born on January 14, 1892 in Elmira, New York, he drifted into films in 1913 after migrating  down from Alaska where worked as a laborer.  He began his career after answering an ad for western extras at Universal where he performed as a stuntman and minor...

Vintage Hollywood Photos For Sale

HOLLYWOOD PHOTOS FOR SALE

Hollywood photos are for sale on the hollywoodphotos.com website. This is the world's largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos and all are available for purchase. There are over 90 subjects to from which to choose and there are more than 500 blogs that tell the history of Hollywood. The following is an example of the vintage Hollywood photos and history of early Hollywood. 

 HOLLYWOOD’S EARLIEST RENTAL FILM FACTORY

One of the lesser known, but oldest facilities in Hollywood was located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fleming Street (now Hoover Street). During its almost one hundred year history, the studio was occupied by several small motion picture companies, many of whom...

More great Hollywood Photos

Hollywood Photos

The world's largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the hollywoosphotographs.com website. There are more than 12,000 vintage hollywood photos and over 90 subject categories from which to view. All the photographs in the collection are available for purchase. Both high resolution digital images and actual photographs are available.

THE HOLLYWOOD/METROPOLITAN STUDIOS

Recognized the increasing demand for modern “rental studios”, Hollywood real estate, and business developer, Charles E. Toberman, incorporated the Hollywood Studios Corporation in 1919.  The stockholders and officers were http://hollywoodphotographs.com/category/88-1/toberman-ce/, President; C.W. Bradford, Vice President; John Jasper, Secretary and manager.  After several...

Hollywood Photos For Sale

Hollywood Photos For Sale

Hollywoodphotos.com and Hollywoodphotographs.com is the world’s largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos. All the photographs are for sale and very competitive prices.

Browse over 12,000 rare and vintage photos, covering more than 90 subject categories, including movie studios, restaurants, nightclubs, Hollywood Canteen, Hollywood sign, theaters, and many more.

With just a few clicks, people can easily view and purchase any of the photographs on the website. Viewers can enlarge each photo in order to examine the high quality of the images.

We offer both digital images and actual...

Purchase Vintage Hollywood Photos

VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD PHOTOS

The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. With more than 12,000 vintage photos, the collection includes more than 90 subject categories. All the photographs in the collection are available for purchase. The following is the history, with vintage photographs of the Thanhouser Company.

THANHOUSER

One of the earliest and most successful film manufacturers was the Thanhouser Company of New Rochelle, New York.  In 1909, Edwin Thanhouser, who had   managed the Academy of Music Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, decided to enter the motion picture business. At that time, the film business was in its infancy and New York City, Chicago and Northern...

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BALBOA MOVIE STUDIO

An hour south of Los Angeles is the city of Long Beach,  It was here that  a significant film factory, the Balboa Amusement Producing Company got its start in early 1913.  After receiving a $7,000 inheritance from his father, Herbert M. Horkheimer came to the small town to engage in the production of motion pictures. He took over one small building and a 25 by 75 foot platform stage which had recently been abandoned by an Edison Company production unit under the direction of J. Searle Dawley.  Located on the southeast corner of Sixth and Alamitos Streets, the studio contained dressing rooms, offices, carpenter shops, laboratory, property departments and a half dozen other necessary adjuncts all under one roof.  He gathered together half a dozen actors, some carpenters, stage hands, a cameraman and a few laboratory assistants and began to shoot his first picture. ...