Aerial view of Hollywood Boulevard at night, looking east from Highland Avenue, circa 1930s

Aerial view of Hollywood Boulevard at night, looking east from Highland Avenue, circa 1930sI don’t know what’s happening in this circa 1930s night view of Hollywood Boulevard, but clearly something was going on. There appear to be searchlights on every block. Oh, to have been able to walk the boulevard that night. (Or any night during the 1930s, for that matter…)

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4 Responses to Aerial view of Hollywood Boulevard at night, looking east from Highland Avenue, circa 1930s

  1. Hi – Santa Claus Lane Parade? It went on for several weeks before Christmas each year and had major attendance. I am saddened by what has become of the Blvd.
    So many memories. One is of the Old Movies theatre which was on one of the small side-streets off of Hollywood Blvd. & where I first saw Valentino in “The Sheik”.

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    I have only these pictures to take me back to the Hollywood that once was, but for you, Louella, I know it is especially heartbreaking seeing Hollywood’s decline. If the stars from the Golden Age were to see the sorry shape Hollywood and movie making in general is in, they would be shocked.

    I sound like a broken record, Martin, but I mean it from the heart. THANK YOU so much for sharing these old treasures! I look for your latest post every morning and am making my way through all the previous ones. What a wonderful journey back in time!

    Jean

    • Dear Jean – I agree with you; however, isn’t it great having Martin among us to share so much of the past. I too thank him and think he is wonderful. I solved the problem 30 years ago by moving to Carpinteria (Chumash Indian for carpinter) CA and love it here. Bless you always, Louella

    • Marty J says:

      Some of the old stars did live long enough to see films degenerate into nudity and graphic violence. James Mason spoke ill of it. Mary Astor thought the sex stuff was great! Olivier appeared in some of the modern wastes of film, but he admitted he did it just for the money to leave his kids. A LOT of the Golden Age women lived long lives, so some of them must have commented. I wonder what Dolores Costello had to say, or Garbo? Maybe she didn’t go to movies later in life? Myrna Loy lived until 1993. Surely she must have had an opinion on what Hollywood films had become. Somebody out there knows!