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American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse


American  Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse

The land in Hollywood upon which the American Society of Cinematographer’s Clubhouse now stands was originally part ofthe old Spanish Grant known as Rancho La Brea. In the year 1887, Horace H. Wilcox, and his wife, Daeida, purchased120acres at the corner of Prospect Ave. and Cahuenga.  It was Daeida who is responsible for naming Hollywood.

Finally E. C. Hurd, a wealthy miner, came from Colorado and bought acreage at the corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Blvd. H. J. Whitley bought the old Hurd place in 1900 and laid out...

Hiking In The Hollywood Hills


Hollywood Hiking

For many people, Hollywood hiking doesn't extend the on strolling down Hollywood Boulevard, visiting the famous stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, or watching wannabes in costume impersonating real and imaginary characters like Elton John and Michael Jackson.

But leaving the flats and climbing the hills of Hollywood will bring antics unexpected reward. Just above the city, where the Hollywood Hills meet the Santa Monica Mountains, a network of trails and parks put the city below in perspective. Places like Runyon Canyon, Lake Hollywood and Griffith Park not only provide a respite from the urban jungle but have themselves been featured in famous Hollywood productions.  Runyon Canyon...

History of the Hollywood Sign in Photos

History of the Hollywood Sign

Hollywood, which by now represented not just a city, but also an industry, a lifestyle and, increasingly, and inspiration, was officially crowned when the Hollywoodland sign was erected in 1923.


Hollywoodland Sign

Built by Los Angeles times publisher, Harry Chandler, as an epic $21,000 billboard for his upscale Hollywoodland real estate development, the sign took on the role of a giant marquee for a city that was consistently announcing its own gala premiere.

Dates and debates swirl about when the Hollywood land real estate development – and the massive electric sign thatadvertised it – actually came into being. But a review of local newspapers...

Motion Picture Industry Comes to California


First Movie Studios

Almost all of the early film producing companies and the first movie studios were located back east or in the Chicago area. All of the filming was done out of doors because there were no such things as soundstages and movie sets that were enclosed. Of all the early movies, Western seen to be the most popular and these pictures were sweeping across America. The first Westerns were made in the East and were quite profitable. Several filmmakers promptly bought cattle, horses, saddles, lariat's, stagecoaches, and other properties necessary to manufacture the Western melodramas at their movie studios. Movies, especially westerns, were filmed at a brisk pace during the spring summer and fall. Once winter set in, filming slowed to a snail's pace. Seeking locations where the weather would...

Earl Carroll Theater Photos


Earl Carroll Theater Photos

One of New York's most popular shows was Earl Carroll Vanities Revue. The production, which ran from 1923 to 1936 was, in actuality, a refined burlesque show and was continuously raided by the police. Closing and reopening began to take its financial toll. With his fortune ebbing because of high court in production cost, Earl Carroll left New York.


Earl Carroll in Hollywood

After arriving in Hollywood in 1936 and findings sufficient financial backing, he opened the Earl Carroll Theater at Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Street on December 26, 1938....

History of Hollywood in Photographs


The Coming Of Wilcox

The history of Hollywood may have begun when, on February 1, 1887, Harvey Wilcox officially recorded the first real estate tract map, with the Los Angeles County recorder’s office. That tract map was named Hollywood. Wilcox and his wife, Daeida Wilcox, had moved to Southern California in 1883 from Topeka, Kansas, where Harvey had made his fortune in real estate. In 1886, they bought 120 acres of land in the Cahuenga Valley, located in the foothills to the west of the city of Los Angeles. A once-sleepy settlement founded in 1781 as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Poricuncula, Los Angeles was by then expanding rapidly thanks to the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad...