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Hollywood Studio Club Photos & History

Hollywood Studio Club Photos & History

Unquestionably, one of Hollywood's finest and most charitable institutions was the famous Hollywood studio club. Within five years from the time the first Indio settled in Hollywood, but once sleepy little community was inundated with hundreds of young girls, from all over the country, who had high hopes of instant stardom. Early in 1916, a group of these young movie hopefuls began gathering regularly in the basement of the Hollywood public library to read plays together. Many of the girls were strangers, lonely as only a young girl in a strange city can be, and often were desperately discouraged.

1918 Hollywood Studio Club

Founding the Hollywood Studio Club


Hollywood Studio Club photos


The Hollywood Studio Club

Within a few years after the movie industry settled in Hollywood, the once sleepy little community was inundated with hundreds of young girls from all over the country who had high hopes of instant stardom. In 1916, some of the girls began gathering regularly in the basement of the Hollywood public library to read plays together. The girls were strangers, lonely and in and unfamiliar city, and often desperately discouraged. Eleanor Jones, the librarian, became concerned about the girls’ welfare when she learned that most of them were living in poorly supervised boarding houses and cheap hotels. She and Mrs. Charles Richmond took the problem to the Young Women's Christian Association, which backed them in locating a recreation hall on Hollywood Boulevard, where the girls...


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In the very beginning, the Hollywood Studio Club was the meeting place for the young women trying to push into the motion picture business. These women living in cheap hotels had no place to practice their art. So, they gathered in the basement of the Hollywood public library for the rehearsals. The librarian Mrs. Eleanor Jones worried too much about the women. With the donations of the city’s businessmen and the Hollywood studios, she rented an old house on Carlos Avenue. The club was called sorority house as it functioned for women only. One of the largest collections of Hollywood Studio Club...