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Hollywood Nightclubs

Hollywood Nightclub Photos

Vintage photos of Hollywood Nightclubs

The largest collection of historical and vintage photos of Hollywood restaurants and nightclubs is on the website. All of the photographs in the collection are not only rare but they are also available for purchase.

Beginning in the 1920s, Hollywood became known for many of the fine restaurants in the community. Many of the restaurants were small by today's standards but had fine food and good service. Armstrong Carlson was one of those that was very popular with the residence of Hollywood. Because Hollywood was quickly becoming the motion picture capital of the world, the need for fine dining restaurants became apparent.


Florentine Gardens Photos

Hollywood Nightclub

Among Hollywood's hotspots, one of the biggest and flashiest was the Florentine Gardens, located at 5955 Hollywood Blvd.

Bruce Torrence began collecting Florentine Gardens photos in the early 1970s.  In the 2000s, He established a website called,which has more than 8000 historic Hollywood photos.


Even in a community never noted for modest standards, it was colossal. Not highly popular with most movies celebrities who preferred the exclusive intimacy of such places as Ciro’s, the Café Trocadero and the Mocambo, the noisy bar like club went in for quantity rather than quality. It managed to pack its 500 seats almost nightly. The inducement was a floor show that...

Old Hollywood Nightclubs

Hollywood's Playground of the Stars

Some of the world's most popular and famous nightclubs, during the 1930s 40s and 50s were located in Hollywood, with many of them on Sunset Boulevard, also known as the Sunset strip.

During the 1930s, the nation saw the repeal of prohibition and a sharp rise in the number of nightclubs. By 1935 the country was beginning to recover from the Great Depression and the public was flocking to both the movies and nightclubs to forget its worries. Hollywood was certainly no exception. Aside from a phenomenal increase in number, some of Hollywood's nightclubs were considered by many to be the finest in the world several of these famed nightclubs were located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It was also commonly known as the Sunset strip because this area was in the County of Los Angeles territory, not the city of Los Angeles. However, because of its proximity to the entertainment capital of the world,...

W/. R. Billy Wilkerson

The Reporter

W. R. (Billy) Wilkerson published the first issue of the Hollywood Reporter on September 3, 1930. This periodical reported on movies, studios and celebrities. Billy Wilkerson became one of the town's most colorful and controversial figures. He began each issue with an editorial entitled "Tradeviews," which exposed corrupt studio practices. It went on to become one of the most widely read daily columns in the industry. The publisher also used hard-ball tactics to solicit advertising. Studios were being blackmailed into giving their support. If they refused, he ordered a editorial blackouts on all their material.  This included press releases to film reviews. The corporate moguls eventually banded together to deal with The Reporter. They stopped all  advertising support and deprived him of news from their studios.  After a while, the studios and Wilkerson buried the hatchet. His first venture onto the Sunset Strip was the ...