Premiere of “Hell’s Angels” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, 27 May 1930

Premiere of “Hell’s Angels” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, 27 May 1930The premiere of Howard Hughes “Hell’s Angels” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (27 May 1930) must have been a doozie. Every photo I’ve seen of it is spectacular, but I think this may be my favorite. It seems to capture the excitement, the frenzy, the energy of that night in all its glory and mega-wattage. The long exposure makes it look like the whole of Hollywood Boulevard was ablaze with light.

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2 Responses to Premiere of “Hell’s Angels” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, 27 May 1930

  1. What a fabulous photo! It does capture so much of what Hollywood was in those great days. Jean Harlow: one of a kind for sure. Loved the film. Did I ever tell you about the day I actually met Howard Hughes and how genuinely kind he was to me when I was 12 years old? Happy Memorial Day to you and Bob, love always, Lou.

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    What a big night in Hollywood. Nothing compares to the Golden Age and these premieres.

    Here’s newsreel footage from this spectacular night:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbBWsYxhl0

    And more interesting footage with written reactions to the premiere – $11 ticket prices for the premiere!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP-7knOtyzE

    Beautiful Jean Harlow at the premiere:

    http://www.classicmoviefavorites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/hells04.jpg

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean