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New Hollywood Canteen Book

New Hollywood Canteen Book

Authors Lisa Mitchell and Bruce Torrence finished penning their new book, “The Hollywood Canteen” and had it released in June 2012.  Opened on October 3, 1943, the Hollywood Canteen was for the benefit of servicemen during World War II.  It was founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield and with the assistance of Dr. Jules Stein, the Canteen became one of the most popular places in Hollywood during the war.





Millionth Man

The millionth serviceman to visit the Hollywood Canteen was...

Hollywood Blvd.


Prospect Ave.

One of the most well know streets, in the country, is Hollywood Boulevard.  Originally, it was know as Prospect Avenue and the area, now known as Hollywood, was commonly referred to as the Cahuenga Valley.  The area consisted of small farms of citrus and other fruit groves along with quiet streets of single family residents. Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, there were two growing business centers. The oldest was near the intersection of Prospect Ave. and Wilcox Ave. and was promoted by Daeida Wilcox Beveridge. The other burgeoning

business center was near the intersection of Prospect Ave. and Highland Ave.


Garden of Allah Hotel Photos


Garden of Allah

The Garden of Allah was a famous hotel and apartment complex in West Hollywood, California, on Sunset Boulevard between Crescent Heights and Havenhurst, at the east end of the Sunset Strip.

Built in a Spanish-Moorish style of architecture, the hotel was named Garden of Alla by screen actress Alla Nazimova, its original owner. Later, with the letter “h” added to the name, (Garden  of Allah)  it was a single mansion at 8080 Sunset Boulevard, built in 1919. It became notorious for the wild parties allegedly held there by the openly lesbian Nazimova. The name was officially changed to the Garden of Allah Hotel