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Old Hollywood like you have never seen before 1920s style…!!

If you are from Southern California, and frequent the downtown Los Angeles and the immediate surrounding areas, then all of the pictures below are really going to hit home.  I can honestly say I have been to every one of these areas and it amazes me to see how it all began.  Enjoy!!

(1922)*^ – Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks hang the entrance signs for their Pickford-Fairbanks Studios in Hollywood.

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(ca. 1923)^# – About a dozen men cheering for the camera in what seems to be the completion of an early phase of the new housing development project. At the same time, construction crews appear to still be working.

(ca. 1924)* – Three cars are parked in the street in front of a sign for Hollywoodland sales. To the right is the tract office building. Behind that another building is under construction. Another at the top of the hill looks nearly finished.

(ca. 1924)* – The construction sign in back reads “You are now in Hollywoodland, Tray E. Shoults Co.”. In the street in front of the Tract Office and other buildings approx. 70 men in a line 2 to 3 rows deep stand at the gates of Beachwood Drive.

(ca. 1920s)* – Intersection of Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards with heavy traffic going in all directions. The tall tower in the center of the photo is the Hollywood Athletic Club.

Historical Notes

When the Hollywood Athletic Club was first built in 1924, Hollywood was entering its greatest and most productive period. The building was the tallest building in Hollywood and loomed above Sunset Boulevard. Membership was originally $150 for initiation fees and $10 for monthly dues.

During its early years as a health club, its membership included Johnny Weissmuller, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Walt Disney, John Ford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Mary Pickford, Cecil B de Mille, Cornel Wilde, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Frances X. Bushman, Howard Hughes, Joan Crawford and Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, Walt Disney, and Buster Crabbe.*^

(1929)* – Street view of the Hollywood Athletic Club, located at 6525 Sunset Blvd.

(1922)* – Around 50,000 people gathered for the Easter sunrise service in the Hollywood Bowl. An even larger crowd was expected there on Easter morning when the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra played for the worshipers. The Hollywood Bowl would officially be opened four months later (July 11, 1922).

(ca. 1923)* – Bird’s eye view looking west on Hollywood Blvd. at Cahuenga circa 1923.

(ca. 1923)* – A view of the courtyard of Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre with statues of an Egyptian king, Indian elephants. Billboard advertising for Douglas Fairbanks “The Thief of Bagdad.” The theatre opened in 1922 and was designed by architects Meyer & Holler.

Historical Notes

The Egyptian Theatre was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Wednesday, October 18, 1922. As the film reportedly cost over $1 million to produce, the admission price to the premiere was $5.00. One could reserve a seat up to two weeks in advance for the daily performances. Evening admission was 75¢, $1.00 or $1.50. The film was not shown in any other Los Angeles theater during that year.

(1927)* – Night view shows theater lights and throngs of fans packing the streets for blocks around Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Publicity of Hollywood premiers usually brought stars and other distinguished visitors to magnificent events such as the one seen here – possibly the opening night of a movie starring Douglas Fairbanks.

(1928)* – Marquee says to “Watch for the Grand Opening” of Warner Bros. Theatre in Hollywood.

(1928)* – A customer gets full service at the gas pumps at Muller Bros. Service Station on Sunset Blvd.

Historical Notes

The Muller Brothers Service Station was located across Sunset Boulevard on 4 acres, where the Cinerama Dome Theater is now located. Opened in 1920 by the Muller brothers, Walter and Frank, this became the largest service station in the world (including a large automobile supply center), employing 120 people by 1937. Celebrities, from Rudolph Valentino to Clark Gable, came by regularly to get gas or just work on their cars. In 1963 the site was sold for the Cinerama Dome Theater, and, at that time, an eventual hotel.

(ca. 1928)* – Exterior view of the Gower Street entrance of the RKO Studios, located on Gower Street and Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. The studios were established by Robertson-Cole in 1921 and are now owned by CBS Paramount Television. RKO is short for Radio-Keith-Orpheum.

(ca. 1930s)^ – Carpenter’s Sandwich drive-in on Sunset and Vine. Two carhops are posing for the camera by the counter while another to the right appears to be serving food.

(1933)* – A man sits on a steel girder on the half-completed dome of the Griffith Observatory as other construction workers are on scaffolds on the building behind the dome. Construction rubble is scattered around the Observatory’s foundation.

(1934)* – The Griffith Observatory and the main building, the planetarium, are seen from below and from the back. A hiking path has been cut into the hillside below, on the south side, but brush still covers much of the area.

I found these and a million more pictures and information at the following site and all credit goes to them.  I just had to share a few jewels here. Please go here for many, many, many more pictures of Old Hollywood!!

http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_Hollywood_%281920_+%29.html

 


Heritage Square presents: Silent and Classic Movie Nights series

Sponsored by Vidéothèque, admission to the Silent and Classic Movie Nights is free for Museum Members and a $10 donation for the General Public. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for picnics with the show starting each Saturday after 8:00 p.m. These special screenings will take place on the lawn near the Palms Depot. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, a small picnic to eat before the movies begin, and warm clothing. Beverages and snacks will be available with suggested donation. For more information about the program and featured movies, call the museum offices from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (323) 225-2700.


What to do this weekend? Try Lummis Day @ Heritage Square in LA

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Check out the schedule to see what they have to offer! http://www.lummisday.org/2013/index.php/schedule

Music, dance, poetry and art representing a rainbow of cultural traditions will be presented at the eighth annual Lummis Day Festival, Sunday, June 2. The multi-site Festival, one of L.A.’s signature cultural events, runs from 10:30am-7:00pm.

The main stages for Lummis Day’s performances will again be located at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street), where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic buildings preserved on the unique museum’s grounds. Some of the historic buildings at Heritage Square Museum will be available to festival-goers via docent-led tours.

As always, the two-part Festival’s opening morning event will take place at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), where the day begins at 10:30 AM with readings by critically acclaimed poets. The Lummis Home site will also feature music, art exhibits and refreshments. The Festival’s art exhibit will continue at Lummis Home until 5pm while performances—music, dance—and community activities shift to nearby Heritage Square Museum, beginning at 12:30pm. Visitors to Lummis Home can enjoy the interior of the century-old home, influenced by mission architecture and the dwellings of the Pueblo Indians, and can stroll through the beautiful native plant gardens that surround the building.

 


Museums for Free: MOTA Day 05/19/13

Everybody loves free, including me!!  This May 19, 2013 you can see five museums for free!! Besides free access to the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home & Garden, and our own Pasadena Museum of History—which is a whopping gift in and of itself—each location will have a variety of music, storytelling, art, crafts, and entertainment!! This is a great offer and I strongly suggest you take this opportunity to see at least one!

The Gamble House is offering tours of this 1908 Arts and Crafts treasure and kids can do crafts in their lovely backyard.

Heritage Square will observe the Spanish American War by having a “live” encampment, and there will be woodcarving demonstrations and traditional dancing. Children can play with Victorian toys, do crafts, and learn about plants and flowers in the Ford House Kitchen garden.

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The L.A. Police Museum features private collections and historical memorabilia dating back to the 1800s, including the newly constructed vehicle shelter and a restored 1955 paddy wagon. Kids can clamor into a police helicopter, try on gear, and get “locked” into a real jail cell, while parents can snap free police booking photos (a family keepsake!). Attendees can also tour the current exhibit, “Gangster Squad,” as well as the permanent exhibits: Onion Field murders, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout.

The Lummis Home and Garden will be open for self-guided tours and historian Dennis Harbach will use a newly developed computer app to be able to answer such burning questions as “Did my grandmother dance the fandango with Lummis or Rudolf Valentino in this place?” From 1897-1928 the Lummis Home was a “place to see and be seen” for “visiting and local dignitaries, artists, and controversial public figures.”

Pasadena Museum of History is offering mini-tours of the newly remodeled Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Museum, which is housed in a replica of a 19th century Finnish farmhouse. Pasadena Society of Artists will be displaying, selling, and creating works during the afternoon. Don’t miss the fantastic I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot exhibit and the juried art exhibition Relationships. Kids can take home three different art projects involving a rain stick, a Japanese brush painting, and a family colla. Pie ‘n Burger (celebrating its 50th anniversary) will be on site with their food truck, ready to satisfy hungry museum goers.

If you get a chance to go, let me know which one you went to and what your experience was!  Have fun!!

 

 


The Huntington LIbrary

The Huntington LIbrary

Don’t let the name fool you, the Huntington Library has MUCH more to offer than a library.  This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens and collection of French and British art that I have ever seen. The Huntington Art Collections reside in two buildings on the Huntington estate: The Huntington Art Gallery, and the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The Huntington Art Gallery houses the European art collection and includes one of the most distinguished collections of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts outside London.

Located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 626.405.2100

Weekdays Weekends
Adults $20 $23
Seniors (age 65+) $15 $18
Students(age 12-18, or with full-time student I.D.) $12 $13
Youth (age 5-11) $8 $8
Children (under 5) free free

Hours

Monday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

 

 

This is my favorite piece at the museum 1784 Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse.
In 1903 Henry Huntington purchased the San Marino Ranch, a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. His superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the botanical gardens. The property—originally nearly 600 acres—today covers 207 acres, of which approximately 120 are landscaped and open to visitors. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen garden areas.

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Also enjoy the beautiful mansion on site also used as the gallery.

 


Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

There is no better way to spend a beautiful Spring day than to visit your local botanical garden.  Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.

Tram tickets: $4. Trams tours are 1 pm Tuesday-Friday; 11 am and 1:30 pm Saturday; and 1:30 and 3 pm Sunday. Please check with the Visitor Center to see if tram tours are available the day of your visit. The tram does not operate on Mondays.

Enchanted Railroad: $3 per rider, $25 for a book of 10 tickets. The Enchanted Railroad is open 10 am-noon Tuesday & Friday; and 10 am-4 pm. Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Visitor Center. Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own.

On site there is also the absolutely gorgeous Boddy House.  Boddy, publisher and owner of the former Los Angeles Daily News, purchased the land that is now Descanso Gardens.  Built in 1937, this 12,000sq foot, 2 story, 22 room mansion is a stunner. 

There is also an onsite art gallery called the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

Please check the calendar to see what is going on and if you go please share your experience here!  I love this place and can’t wait to go back!!

 


Things to do in Beverly Hills!

Things to do in Beverly Hills!

The Paley Center for Media AKA The Museum for Television and Radio was founded in 1975 and a really cool place to visit.

Located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Beverly Drive, the white marble/glass venue is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12PM to 5PM. They are closed on Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays. Parking is free for 2 hours using the Paley Center underground parking on Santa Monica Blvd. Afterwards, the fee is $1 for each 30 minutes. Admission is free

Paley Center for Media is committed to the idea that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for posterity’s sake. Instead of collecting artifacts and memorabilia, the Paley Center comprises mostly screening rooms, including two full-sized theaters. More than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs are available in the Paley Center’s library, and during each visit, viewers can select and watch shows at individual consoles, and radio programs are accessed through these same consoles.

Some television programs are from the 1940s with radio programs dating back to the 1920s. The earliest TV program in the Museum’s collection is a silent film of NBC’s 1939 production of Dion Boucicault‘s melodrama The Streets of New York (1857), with Norman Lloyd, George Coulouris and Jennifer Jones.[2]

This is a great way to spend a lazy day and watch old shows in their entirety.  I particularly love this because the shows include the original commercial programming, giving you an authentic look into the fashions and mind states of everyone at that time. I took some time to watch some I Love Lucy, but then found myself loving the commercials even more.  I also watched some old Saturday Night Live, then again, was loving the commercials!

I do suggest trying to think of the long lost shows of the past that you would want to see because when I got there with no plan, I was at a loss and couldn’t think of anything .  I also suggest to check the event calendar because they are always having shows and events that are very interesting and include some screenings with commentary.

The Paley Center for Media

465 N Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 786-1091 Wed-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

If you go, please share your experiences here!!


Visit your local Victorian – today’s house is the Heritage House in Riverside, CA

Visit your local Victorian – today’s house is the Heritage House in Riverside, CA

I have been to this house several times as they always have a full calendar of events.  Please check the site and pick any of the wonderful events they hold on site.  My personal favorite is the Chinese Moon festival.  As always a grand family event with free crafts, music, tours, and food to buy.

8193 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 826-5273 (RMM)

Heritage House & Gift Shop Hours
Open September from the 1st weekend after labor day to June. (Closed July and August.)
Friday:  Noon – 3 pm
Saturday: Noon – 3:30 pm
Sunday: Noon – 3:30 pm
Closed Monday – Thursday & Major Holidays. Open for special events.
PLEASE ARRIVE 45 MINUTES BEFOFE CLOSING


Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

The Heritage Square Museum is a 19th century reconstructed neighborhood with real drop dead gorgeous Victorian homes.  The last time that I went was last year for the Antique Car show which was just as amazing as the houses!  If you are visiting the city of LA you MUST stop by to check this out or I definitely suggest checking the site calendar and going during an event and enjoy living history!