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Hollywood Legion Stadium

Hollywood Legion Stadium Photos

Original Stadium

The Hollywood Legion Post #43 was organized in 1919 in Hollywood. They purchased property at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and El Centro Ave. with the idea of having a boxing arena. In 1919 the American Legion first put chairs on the dirt lot on El Centro Ave. A chicken wire fence covered with tar paper to prevent passer-bys from looking in. In 1922 the Legion erected an outdoor stadium with wooden bleachers. A year or so later the stadium was roofed and heated. It was known as the Hollywood Legion Stadium


The list of boxing and wrestling noteables who appeared at the Hollywood Legion Stadium from the mid-20s on, seemed endless. Included among the champions were heavyweights James L Braddock, and Joe Lewis; lightweights Maxie Rosenbloom and Archie...

Old Hollywood Legion Stadium Photos

One of the finest collections of Hollywood Legions Stadium photographs is on the web site.  Started by Bruce Torrence in 1970, the collection of photographs began with about thirty images, most of which were given to him by his grandfather, Charles Edward Toberman.  Bruce was so enthralled by the photos, that he began collecting photographs of all facets of Hollywood’s history.  The photos of the Hollywood Legion Stadium show the interior and exterior of the famous boxing stadium.  Some show the boxing arena with all the seats surrounding its while other photos show the exterior.  Some of the photos show the many customers who visited the stadium to watch the boxing matches.  HLS-001 shows the exterior of the stadium in 1926, shortly after it was built. HLS-006 is a great photo of the interior...