Hollywood Mortuary, 8814 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1937

Hollywood Mortuary, 8814 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1937Throughout all my photographic wanderings around the history of Los Angeles, this is the first time I realized there was a mortuary right on Sunset Boulevard. It opened in the mid-1920s at 8814 Sunset Blvd (next door to the building that houses Book Soup today) as the O’Donnell Mortuary. In 1936, it became part of the Utter-McKinley Mortuaries chain, and probably did a thriving business because by the 30s and 40s, Mickey Cohen and company ran most of organized crime in LA, and a lot of it was centered on the Sunset Strip. How convenient it must have been to send the bodies down the street to the local mortuary.

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3 Responses to Hollywood Mortuary, 8814 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1937

  1. Michael Bershad says:

    From what I understand, Mickey Cohen’s haberdashery WAS IN the old Book Soup building.