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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 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 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


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...