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Hollywood Palace Theater Photos

Hollywood Palace Theater Photos

Some of the finest Hollywood theater photos are on the web site. There are more than two hundred images of these fine Theaters. Palace theaters are those type of movie theaters that were very large and extremely ornate.  The first movie theaters were simply storefronts where chairs were placed in front of a table and projector and the image projected onto a white sheet. As movie began to become popular, more elaborate facilities were constructed.  By 1915, movie theaters were very much like they are today, where the projector was enclosed in a small room behind the audience’s seats. The first theater in Hollywood was the Iris Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard. This was followed by the Hollywood Theater, which was built in 1915.

As time went on and as movies were in great demand, larger theaters were built. By the mid-1920s, large and very ornate theaters were beginning to be constructed. ...

Crossroads Of The World Photos


Crossroads of the World Photos

One of the worlds most unique shopping centers, the Crossroads of the World, was opened on October 29, 1936 and was built in the shape of a cruise ship with a revolving globe on a spire. When the Crossroads of the World had its grand opening, many of Hollywood's celebrities attended the event including, Cesar Romero, Boris Karloff, Marjorie Gage, Emily Lane, and a galaxy of business and civic leaders. Located on the north side of Sunset Boulevard just east of Las Palmas Avenue, the unique complex was designed by architect Robert the Derrah for owner, Ella Crawford. In order to develop the property to the fullest, so as to maximize store frontage, a private street scheme...

Old Photos of Hollywood

Old Photos of Hollywood

The finest, largest and most viewed collection of old Hollywood photos is the website.  Bruce Torrence as amassed more than 12,000 vintage and historical photos of Hollywood.  The earliest photos are from the 1880’s and show Prospect Ave. and some images of Sunset Blvd.

Hollywood was established in 1853, with a single adobe hut on land outside Los Angeles. Growing crops was so successful there that by 1870, Hollywood became a thriving agricultural community.

Daeida Wilcox

Daeida Wilcox

One of its most notable historic figures was real estate tycoon, Harvey Henderson Wilcox and his wife, Daeida Wilcox, who moved...

Vintage Hollywood Hotel Photos

Vintage Photographs of Hollywood Hotels

The website has the largest number of vintage photographs of Hollywood hotels. There are more than 200 historical images of famous Hollywood hotels, including the Garden Court, the Plaza Hotel, the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel and the Christie hotel.

Hollywood Hotel

The Pass Hotel

The first hotel was built in the early 1870s and was the first oasis on the long road north from Los Angeles. Known as the Pass Hotel or the

Eight-Mile House, it was located on the east side of the Cahuenga Pass and had a total station next to the hotel. For those weary travelers traveling north or south through the cooling...

Historic Photos of Hollywood

Historic Photos of Hollywood

For many years, Hollywood has been the subject of  thousands of news shows, documentaries, newspaper articles, movies and television shows.  The most complete website that deals with Hollywood history and historic Hollywood photos is the website.

With more than 8,000 historic photos of Hollywood, is the largest and most complete collection of historic Hollywood photos in the world. The website has more than 90 subject categories from which to choose.

The collection was founded by Bruce Torrence in 1970 and, today, it is one of the most popular photograph websites on the internet.  Some of the interesting subject categories include, Hollywood Aerials, Cahuenga Pass, Gilmore Field, Hollywood Blvd., Theaters, and Schwab’s Pharmacy.

Brown Derby...

Vintage photographs of Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab’s Pharmacy Opens

The largest collection of vintage Schwab’s Pharmacy photos is on the website. Schwab's Pharmacy opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, and was run by brothers Bernard, Leon, Jack and Martin Schwab. They had purchased a failing drugstore and decided to capitalize on the local business from nearby studios, like Republic, RKO, and Columbia. The first Schwab's was located downtown on 6th. It was a typical drugstore of its time--goods and sundries available for purchase, prescriptions filled, and a soda fountain with counter service--only it happened to be in the heart of Hollywood.

What made Schwab's unlike...