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Runyon Canyon Photos & History

Runyon Canyon Photos & History

Runyon Canyon runs from just above Franklin Avenue to Mulholland Drive, the tract was originally called No Man's Canyon and is believed to have been a campsite for the Gabrielino Indians.

First Runyon Canyon Owners

In 1867, the federal government deeded the canyon to "Greek George" Caralambo for his services in the U.S. Army Camel Corps. The infamous bandit Tubircio Vasquez was captured while hiding out in Caralambo's adobe and later hanged--but not in the canyon.

In 1919, Carman Runyon, a wealthy coal merchant from the East Coast, bought the canyon, giving it his name and using it as a riding and hunting retreat.

John McCormack's home in Runyon Canyon

San Patrizio

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Hollywood's earliest Rental Movie Studio


One of the lesser known, but oldest facilities in Hollywood was located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fleming Street (now Hoover Street). During its almost one hundred year history, the studio was occupied by several small motion picture companies, many of whom were the real pioneers of the film industry.

Lubin Manufacturing Co.

The studio’s history began in 1912 when, just a few months after the Nestor Film Company settled in Hollywood, a group with the Lubin Manufacturing Company established a studio at 1425 North Fleming Street.  Aa member in good standing with the powerful Motion Picture and Patents Company, Lubin began producing films in hopes that the Trust would buy them.  However, Lubin’s days were few.  By June, the plant closed and was in the charge of a caretaker.

Photo of Lubin Manufacturing Film Company...

Yamashiro Hollywood Photos & History

Yamashiro Hollywood Photos & History

The famous Yamashiro Hollywood has been a popular fixture in Hollywood for more than one hundred years.  First as a beautiful residence and then as a popular restaurant and hotel.

Yamashiro Hollywood Sold

Just recently, the Yamashiro Hollywood property was sold by the Tom Glover family to Chinese company, the JE Group. The price was about $40 million.  The property had been in the Glover family since 1949 and managed as a restaurant, hotel and apartments. The JE Group said is plans on sprucing up the buildings, including the restaurant, hotel and apartments.

1918 Yamashiro Hollywood

Vintage Yamashiro Photos

The largest...

Great Old Hollywood Blvd. Photos

1905 Hollywood Boulevard photo

Hollywood Blvd. was known as Prospect Ave. until the Hollywood Board of Trade changed its name in 1910. Prospect Ave. was, primarily, a residential street with a couple of commercial areas.Here is a 1905 photo showing a streetcar travelling down Prospect Ave. near Highland Ave. There are hundreds of vintage Hollywood photos on the website.

1923 Photo of Hollywood Blvd & Cahuenga Ave.

By 1923, twenty three years after the motion pictury industry settled in Hollywood, Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave. was a veery busy intersection. Here...

Hollywood & Metropolitan Studios


Hollywood Studio Corporation

Recognized the increasing demand for modern “rental studios”, Hollywood real estate, and business developer, Charles E. Toberman, incorporated the Hollywood Studios Corporation in 1919.  The stockholders and officers were C.E. Toberman, President; C.W. Bradford, Vice President; John Jasper, Secretary and manager.  After several acres were acquired on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Las Palmas Avenue construction was begun.  As manager of the studio, Jasper oversaw the building of four large stages, dressing rooms, film viewing rooms, prop rooms and offices.  The stages resembled horticulturist hothouses with their steel frames, thick cloth walls, glass roofs and...

hollywood canteen Images