In the course of researching the Garden of Allah novels, I came across all sorts of places in and around Hollyw ood and the greater Los Angeles area and started to collect the information together into one location on my website. The references at the end of each entry refer to the page number of the book where I found the information. (So “2/15″ refers to page 2 of book 15 listed on my bibliography page.) Readers of these pages will note the occasional inconstancy–that is due to conflicting sources from which this information was taken. This is my long-winded way of saying that I am not presenting this information as professionally-researched, definitive, you-can-take-it-as-gospel. It ain’t. It’s just a huge pile of info I’ll pulled from a wide variety of books, websites, magazine articles. Take it, like it, lump it or leave it.
~~ HOLLYWOOD PLACES – F to O ~~
Famous Hollywood U.S.O. – 1531 Cahuenga, just south of Hollywood Boulevard. (61/33)
Famous Rite Spot – Lionel C. Sternberger, Proprietor – “California’s finest steakhouse.”
776 N. Vine St, Hollywood
1500 W. Colorado, Pasadena
6148 N. Figueroa, Los Angeles
606 E. Colorado, Glendale
Farmer’s Market – Fairfax Ave. opened 1934
Field & Turf Room, a private club located next to the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel. It featured caricatures of early 1930s showbiz personalities. The artist has been credited to a person named Wava McCullough, though information on her is scarce. Supposedly, the door leading to the private room read “Employees Only.” Other names associated with the private drinking hole were “The Little Room” and “The Press Club.” The club room was dismantled in the 1940s, around the end of WWII. One story was that the space was later used for storage. Another story said that it became the Lido Room. Surprisingly enough, the caricatures, painted on canvas, were rescued and kept out of sight for decades.
Figueroa Bowling Center – 1337 South Figueroa St, downtown L.A. Phone PR 9666
Finlandia Baths – Sunset Boulevard opened 1937 by Sam Amundsen. http://themave.com/bijou/50/stagnite1.htm
Firenze Gardens – Apartment block. The courtyard was on Sunset Boulevard, a few blocks east of Western Ave where Fox Studios then stood, and a few blocks west of Bronson Ave where Warner Bros. made their films at the time. (MID 1920s) (75/45)
Flamingo – upscale lesbian nightclub of the 1940s run by Beverly Shaw who entertained wearing drag on her top half – a man’s jacket and bow tie; and sexy-lady clothes on her bottom half, a short skirt and high heels. (60/87 & 97)
Florentine Gardens– 5951 Hollywood Boulevard. Opened 28 DEC 38. Popular in the 1940s (16/81) Never one of Hollywood’s most glamorous nightspots, this 1940s club featured Italian food and a tacky, often risqué floor show. (25/81) By the late 40s/early 50s it had become a place for girlie shows. (Crime bus tour) When it opened it could hold 1000 people, as much as Earl Carroll’s. (40/176) Florentine Gardens at 5951 Hollywood Blvd was one of Hollywood’s most popular nightclubs during the 1940s. (2/8) 61/43 says it was 5955 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1942 Marilyn Monroe and Jim Dougherty held their wedding reception here.
Opening two days after Earl Carroll’s, the Florentine Gardens, catching Carroll’s turnaway crowd. More burlesque than Ziegfeld, it offered basic food and semi-nude girls in a cavernous room down as pseudo ancient Florence. For $1.50, you got a dinner, emcee, 8 precision dancers, a toe dancer, a male dancer, novelty dancing, a singer, sometimes a trapeze dancer, and a 12-piece orchestra. Dancers danced on the largest spring floor on the west coast. The Florentine Gardens took off when Nils Thor Granlund became manager and emcee. Stars who came from the chorus included Gwen Verdon and Yvonne de Carlo. (p265/113)
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “5955 Hollywood Boulevard. Dinner from 6.30pm, no couvert. Without dinner, a small admission charge. Orchestra. Dinner. Cocktail lounge. Three floor shows nightly. Girl revues. Situated in the heart of Hollywood.”
Foreman & Clark – department store chain headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 1909, the chain had 90 stores by 1957, from California to New York, and closed in 1999. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreman_and_Clark, Located at Hill & 7th, 6353 Hollywood Blvd, 5657 Wilshire Boulevard, Burbank, Pomona, http://bit.ly/qin17X
Follies-Village, 333 ½ South Main Street, Los Angeles, Phone MU-2982
Follies Theater, 337 South Main Street, Los Angeles, Phone VA 0517 “Burlesque at its Best”
(Paul Verlengia’s) Four Trees Restaurant
7800 Sunset Boulevard
Telephone HO 6-1129
Four Star Theater – 5112 Wilshire – Opened: In the early 30’s as the United Artists but operated by Fox West Coast. Later it was renamed the Four Star. The United Artists circuit eventually operated the house as the UA Four Star and hosted many major runs including a first run engagement of “The Graduate” in 1967 and some 70mm runs. UA removed the 70mm equipment in the mid 70’s and the theater was leased to the Mitchell Bros. as a porno venue. It was later operated as an independent and re-equipped for 70mm. In the 80’s and early 90’s it had a grand period as a revival house showing classics, Indian movies and lots of 70mm presentations. http://sites.google.com/site/wilshiremoviepalaces/four-star
Frascatis. Opened 1949. Frascati had 3 locations. The one on Sunset and Crescent Heights became the Coconut Teaser.
Fosgate and Rees Mission Soda Fountain
449 South Broadway Street. They boasted the longest soda fountain in the world (at 100 feet) (from around the turn of the century to probably at least the 1920s.)
Fred Harvey Restaurant & Travel Center – 1743 N. Cahuenga, just north of Hollywood Boulevard. One of the better Harvey Restaurants. Featured inside murals by Edgar Miller and paintings by Doris Lee were inspired by MGM’s “The Harvey Girls.” Opened in 1939, just up from Hollywood Boulevard and had a travel center attached, sponsored by Santa Fe Trailways, a bus company (not unlike Greyhound.) (61/72)
Frederick’s (of Hollywood) – Started out in an office on Hollywood Boulevard, about a block east of Western. Then a big warehouse on Wilcox just south of Sunset. Then on Hollywood Boulevard to what was Kress’s Department Store which was a five-and-dime, like Woolworth’s. (66/195)
The Freezer – mini chain of ice cream stores with locations at
3641 W. Pico
3801 W Washington
402 S Western
and one in Alhambra.
Each store was built into the shape of an ice cream churn.
French Casino – Sunset Boulevard, became the Gower Gulch Dance Hall in MID-1944. (82/59)
The French House – 330 N. Fairfax Ave. Phone WEbster 4657 (Complete dinners, 85c – Luncheon, 50c)
Fern Cafeteria – 665 S. La Brea Ave. circa 1940. Located near Wilshire in a street level space in the E. Clem Wilson Building, the Fern Cafeteria was noted for “Exceptionally fine food” and moderate prices in a 1941 guide book.
(Edna Earle’s) Fog Cutter Cafe – 1625 N. La Brea Ave (near Hollywood Blvd) Phone: HOllywood-9698 http://blackdahlia1946.blogspot.com/2007/01/hollywood-19591963_22.html
Formosa Café – 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard – Opened (as the Formosa) in 1939. Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and bar at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood that has a long history of patronage from movie stars and movie industry people. The restaurant used to be a trolley car. Just east of The Lot Studios (formerly known as the Warner Hollywood Studios, the sister lot to the main Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank), generations of movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable have eaten meals at the Cafe since it was opened in 1934. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formosa_Cafe
The place has been open since 1925, when the studio next door was named United Artists. The Formosa was already almost three decades old when ‘Old Blue Eyes’ enjoyed their chicken chow mein the day after he won an Oscar for his performance in the film “From Here to Eternity.” Marilyn dined here while making the classic “Some Like it Hot.” Elvis dropped by while making “Kid Galahad.” Bogart was known to favor the bar.You might even be seated in the same red leather booth where Marilyn and Clark dined together while making “The Misfits.” http://www.seeing-stars.com/Dine2/Formosa.shtml
“Vince Jung, grandson of one of the original partners, gave me the cook’s tour of this hideaway bar and eatery in a tired looking part of Los Angeles. It’s situated next to Warner Studio on the corner of Santa Monica and Formosa—hence its name. Not much has changed since Lem Quan, Jung’s grandfather, and Jim Bernstein took over the place in 1939. Bernstein was a friend of mobster Mickey Cohen who ran a bookie operation out of part of the restaurant, known as the club car. It was a restored train car. To this day you can see Cohen’s floor safe next to one of the booths.” http://formosacafe.com/reviews/heartland.html
Frances Edwards’ Bar and Grill nicknamed “the Hangout”, across the alley from the Metro lot. “Judy Garland, Donald O’Connor, Kay Thompson, Mickey Rooney, June Allyson, Jane Powell, and others would gather around the piano for a singing session,” wrote columnist Bob Thomas. The establishment also had a tiny dance floor frequently used by Gene Kelly to rehearse routines. (119/111)
The Frisky Pom-Pom Club / Kenneth Harlan’s New Pom Pom Café – 8533 Santa Monica Boulevard. Telephone OXford 7901. Mostly known for its Follies Bergere Revue. (40/62) (circa 1930s)
The Gables Beach Club was a grand Tudor-style building constructed on Santa Monica beach in 1926. It was a popular filming location. After a fire partially destroyed it in 1930, the club was rebuilt and reopened as the Sorrento Beach Club in 1932. This photo was taken circa late 1920s. (below)
The Galley – 2442 Main Street, Santa Monica. Opened 1934
THE GARDEN OF ALLAH
Closing night party photos from Life Magazine – http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=d04c1706a4957c65
SEE ALSO: About the Garden of Allah Hotel on this website
Garden Court Apartments– 7021 Hollywood Boulevard, northeast corner of Sycamore. Home of some of early Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, including Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino and Lillian Gish.
http://hollywoodchamber.net/explore/historical_markers.asp Opened on New Year’s Eve 1919 (at a time when Hollywood Boulevard was still semi-residential – 108/67)). Each suite included a baby grand, oil paintings and oriental carpets. 190 rooms, a baby grand piano in each of its 72 suites—began its life just a few years after Hollywood emerged as the world’s movie capital. When it opened its doors on New Year’s Eve, 1919, the staff unrolled a long crimson carpet down to Hollywood Boulevard, then a dusty lane, where lines of limousines deposited their elegant passengers. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,950674,00.html?iid=chix-newsvine
See also 108/93 http://bit.ly/bAZWDp
Garden Room cocktail bar, near the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine
Gaiety Café – opposite Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, had an al fresco beer parlor during the immediate post-Prohibition period. (40/96)
The Gaiety – 784 Western Ave (gay bar)
The Gay Inn and the Gayway Café – Downtown gay venues. The military would post a sign at this place, and every other place they suspected drew a gay crowd, that said “Out of bounds to military personnel.” (60/73)
The Gay Way, 514 South Main St, Los Angeles
Gayla – gay and/or lesbian club
Gaylord Hotel – a comfortable, if not opulent, hotel on Wilshire Boulevard (19/459: 1950-1954)
- Burbank: 548 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
- Brass Rail: 336 S. Hill Street. Later, La Cita
- Canyon Club: Topanga Canyon area, mixed gay and lesbian club (c.1940s & 50s) If they saw the Vice Squad pull up, they’d flash the lights which was the signal to swap dance partners to someone of the opposite sex.
- Cellar: 521 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
- Coffee Dan’s: A Hollywood coffee shop that catered exclusively to homosexuals, especially underage gays who lacked the proper ID to get into bars.
- Crown Jewel: 754 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
- Flamingo: La Brea Ave. An upscale lesbian nightclub of the 1940’s run by Beverly Shaw who entertained wearing drag on her top half – a man’s jacket and bow tie; and sexy-lady clothes on her bottom half, a short skirt and high heels.
- The Gay Inn: downtown L.A. gay venue
- Gayway Cafe: downtown L.A. gay venue
- The Gold Cup: Hollywood Blvd. coffee shop
- Harold’s 555 Club: 555 S. Main St., downtown L.A. Harold’s was a gay bar on a seedy stretch of Main Street, near the Walford. Since their glamour days as early as the 1930s, both bars had grown shabby by the ’40s.
- The House of Ivy on Cahuenga was very popular in the ’50s and ’60s
- If Club: 8th and Vermont – working class/industrial/butch lesbian hang out (c.1930’s)
- Jack’s: Sunset Boulevard – a gay place: “A favorite eating place for queen bees, who generally hit it only for sustenance, not sex.”
- Jimmy’s Back Yard: 1608 Cosmo Street (April 1932 Los Angeles Times article, which put it down the street from B.B.B.’s Cellar.) Opened New Year’s Eve 1929, Los Angeles’ first openly gay bar.
- Johnny Frenchman’s: Malibu bar in the 1950s where entrapment of gay men by the LAPD Vice Squad sometimes took place.
- Jolie’s: 117 S. Western, just below First St., downtown L.A.
- M & M: A lesbian bar with a mix of blue-collar and pink-collar lesbians that catered primarily to Latinas.
- Marlin Inn: Hollywood Blvd. coffee shop
- Maxwell’s: 214 W 3rd Street (from HossC’s post)
- The Open Door: Across the street from the If Club, where lesbians blue-collar and pink-collar workers rubbed shoulders with prostitutes.
- Santessus Club: downtown L.A. gay venue
- The Star Room: Lesbian venue
- Smitty’s: downtown L.A. gay venue
- Speak 39: Gay bar on Cahuenga Blvd. on the north side.
- SS Friendship: Lesbian hang out, possibly near MacArthur Park, known back then as Westlake Park.
- Tess’s Café Internationale: Lesbian nightclub on Sunset Boulevard.
- The Tropical Village: gay venue raided in 1948; it was located in Santa Monica..
- Waldorf: 521 S. Main Street, downtown L.A.
- 326: 326 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Gay Los Angeles: The Early Days – http://tangentgroup.org/mediawiki/index.php/Gay_LA_Early_Days
Gaylord Apartments – built 1924, 3355 Wilshire Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90010
Gene Autry’s Top of the Strip – 8401 Sunset Boulevard. Phone 656-4101. Late 60s/early 70s. Later became the Continental Hyatt (aka Riot House, scene of many a TV thrown out of windows by Rockers playing The Strip) then just the Hyatt and now The Andaz West Hollywood.
Gilmore Drive-In – 6201 W. 3rd Street, near Fairfax. Opened in 1948, with a capacity of 650 cars.
Gilmore Field – Built in 1939 for $200,000 and was used by the Hollywood Stars baseball team until 1957. Sold to CBS in 1950, 1952 CBS Television City was built and in 1957 Gilmore Field was torn down. (61/2) (108/110) Wikipedia: Gilmore Field is a former minor league baseball park that served as home to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League from 1939–57
Gilmore Stadium – Wikipedia: was opened in May 1934 and demolished in 1952, when the land was used to build CBS Television City. The stadium held 18,000. It was located next to Gilmore Field. The stadium was located west of Curson Avenue, surrounded by Beverly Boulevard, Fairfax Avenue and Third Street.The stadium was built by Earl Gilmore, son of Arthur F. Gilmore and president of A. F. Gilmore Oil, a California-based petroleum company which was developed after Arthur struck oil on the family property.
Gifts For Men – an expensive Beverly Hills store (1950s? – 43/101)
Glass House Restaurant – seafood restaurant, Corner 6th and Main, downtown L.A., telephone TU-8518
Golden Bull – Lesbian hang out (possibly near MacArthur Park, known back then as Westlake Park) (59/96)
The Golden Carp – 7650 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood (lesbian bar, listed in the 1954 Gay Girl’s Guide)
The Golden Gopher – 417 W. 8th St, Los Angeles – Phone Tucker 9801
Golden Rooster Barbeque – 1940s
Googie’s Coffee Shop – Sunset Boulevard A little sandwich shop down from Schwab’s, where the Director’s Guild is now. (James Dean used to love going there.) (66/147) Googie’s was a coffee shop at Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights boulevards in Los Angeles in the ’50s that was designed in what was considered a futuristic style by architect John Lautner. Many other restaurants copied the style for a while, including the Norm’s and Johnie’s coffee shops and the Parasol. Later known as Pippy’s
Gotham Delicatessen – 7050 Hollywood Boulevard. Telephone: HOllywood 1438 & 1439. Opened 1923. Across the street from Grauman’s, and the Roosevelt Hotel. In the 1930s this restaurant had “Imported food delicacies from all parts of the world.” Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also had take out. (61/71) “There was no food on the face of the earth better than Gotham’s. You could get everything there. The food was unequaled. It was just like it was a banquet. (66/289)
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “Gotham Café 7050 Hollywood Boulevard. Combination delicatessen and restaurant. Paprika chicken is a dinner specialty; the Gotham Special Sandwich, big enough for two, is an all-day specialty; and for midnight supper, small hot cakes serves with sour cream are feature.”
Contribution from Elizabeth: We lived just up in the hills from Hollywood Blvd., within walking distance of the Gotham deli & restaurant. My hearty-partying parents swore by the restorative quality of Gotham turkey sandwiches, pierogi and jars of Manischewitz beet borscht. The first errand of any day after the night before included a Gotham run, or in the case of severe impairment, a plea to a BFF to make a deli run before coming over to commiserate. My dad ran a tab at the Gotham, in fact. Their coleslaw was also legendary, and the lox was to die for. I grew up thinking that turkey sammiches were what everyone ate on New Years Day.
Gower Gulch Dance Hall – What was the French Casino on Sunset Boulevard until in MID-1944. (82/59)
Gourmet Hollywood – 6534 Sunset Boulevard. As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “Outdoor tables in patio. Good food.”
Gramophone Shop – Beverly Drive – Record store (50s?) (Vanity Fair, March 2009)
Green T Café – near Chesterfield’s Furniture Company at 3257 Wilshire Boulevard.
Griffith Observatory – Built from money stipulated in Griffith J. Griffith’s 1919 will, the Observatory was built between 1933 and 1935 and dedicated on 14MAY1935. http://www.griffithobs.org/obshist.html (108/79)
Gypsy Room – lesbian venue on Sunset Boulevard (1940s) (60/87)
Gypsy Tea Room, Hollywood Boulevard. A former New York actress (and disciple of noted psychic advisor, Cheiro) ran the Gypsy Tea Room, specializing in tea leaf readings. Among her clients were Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, and Louella Parsons. (p195/113)
Hacienda Arms Apartments – 8439 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Built 1927 and became the home of wealthy Hollywood families and motion picture actors, including Marie Dressler, Loretta Young, and Jeanette MacDonald. During the 1930s, the building gained notoriety as the site of the “House of Francis,” described as the “most famous brothel in California,” and the “classiest brothel on the Sunset Strip.” In 1941, the building, then known as Coronet Apartments, and from the 1940s through the 1970s, the building changed hands many times and fell into decline.
Ham and Eggers – Vine St, Hollywood immediately south of the Taft building which sat on the Hollywood and Vine corner. It was from Ham and Eggers that Johnny Grant hosted a midnight to 4am radio show, sitting in a booth with a microphone and turntable. Grant would play records and interview stars who dropped into the restaurant. (p286/113)
The Hangover – 1456 Vine Street, Phone: Hillside 9026 See: http://wp.me/p5XK3w-1U9
Hanstad’s Schnitzelbank Café – 2503 Pasadena Ave, Pasadena – “Open 6am to 2am”
Hap’s – 116 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, (lesbian bar, listed in the 1949 Gay Girl’s Guide)
Harold’s – Gay bar…on a seedy stretch of Main Street…near the Walford…since their glamour days as early as the 1930s, both bars had grown shabby. (60/1)
Harrah’s Bambu Hut, 25 Westwind Ave, Venice, California. Phone: SM 634-15
Hatton’s Restaurant – 1610 Vine Street, Hollywood, 1949 – Shish Kebab + Finest Cocktails http://www.you-are-here.com/hollywood/hatton.html
Hawaiian Hut – 7210 Hollywood Boulevard – Phone York-9134
Hawaiian Paradise – 7566 Melrose. Opened April 1936 by Rena Borzage, wife of Frank Borzage, director of over 100 silent movies. (40/156) See pic on: http://blackdahlia1946.blogspot.com/2007/01/hollywood-19591963_22.html 7566 Melrose is now Drakes After Midnight Bookstore.
Henry’s Café– Opened in the 1920s at 6315 Hollywood Boulevard, near Vine St and run by a Charlie Chaplin stock player called Henry Bergman. (61/75) In 1932 it changed hands, Eddie Brantstatter took it over and reopened it as Sardi’s. (61/75) But before that, it was the Brass Rail Restaurant. (108/125) In the 1950s it became Zardi’s Jazzland.
Henry’s had the distinction of being the first Hollywood restaurant to stay open after midnight. Financed by Charlie Chaplin,, Herny Bergman ran it. He was an actor who played large women in Chaplin comedies. A late-night hangout for Hollywood celebrities, it was Al Jolson’s favorite spot to eat after the Friday night fights at Legion Stadiu. (p129/113)
Herb Rose’s 311 Club – Hollywood. Norman Granz began staging jam sessions here in 1943, featuring Nat King Cole and Lester Young, both white and black patrons were welcomed, breaking the usual Hollywood color bar. (82/56)
Hershey Arms Hotel – 2600 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Open 1902 to 1956. The English Renaissance building spanned the entire block between Rampart Boulevard and Coronado Street. It was opened by Almira Hershey, owner of the Hollywood Hotel and was the first hotel on Wilshire Boulevard.
High Tower – End of High Tower Drive, off Camrose Dr. Built in the late 1920s as part of a development known as Hollywood Heights.
Hi-Hat – 3827 Wilshire Boulevard. High class restaurant opened in the early 1930s by the Brown Derby’s Herbert Somborn on Wilshire near the original Brown Derby (and as an upscale Brown Derby) but it didn’t work and only lasted a few years. Reopened later as Perino’s. (49/35)
Hillcrest Country Club, whose membership was exclusively Jewish. (19/236) (50s?) (Vanity Fair, March 2009)
Hippodrome Theater – 320 S. Main St, Los Angeles. Opened November 27, 1911 as the Adolphus Theatre, primarily a vaudeville venue. The theatre was built on the site of the Panorama Building, which in its later days had served as a skating rink. See more information below about that structure.
On August 31, 1913 the Adolphus re-opened as the Hippodrome. The building also housed a 2nd floor dance hall that later became a gym.
Hody’s – at Hollywood and Vine. Also in Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Lakewood Center, Long Beach.
In 1955, Hody’s restaurant group signed a 20 year lease for the property on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street. Hoedemaker had it remodeled extensively. Previously it had been a Melody Lane from 1940, and before that, from 1932 to 1940, it had been the CoCo Tree Café. In 1969, Sidney Hoedemaker passed away, and the Laemmle building was then leased to Howard Johnson’s which it remained to 1986.
Hollenbeck Hotel at Spring St and 2nd St, downtown Los Angeles, circa early 1900s. (see POST)
Hollywood Athletic Club – 6525 Sunset Boulevard, corner of Hudson. Built 1924 and was the tallest building in Hollywood. Was used in 1949 for the first televised Emmy Awards. (25/38)
Established by Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney and Rudolph Valentino as an elite sports club. Charlie Chaplin lived in the penthouse. In the 90s it was still A-list only, but as a nightclub. George Clooney and Keanu Reeves reportedly played pool here. The club is currently used only as a film set. http://golosangeles.about.com/od/laphotogalleries/ig/Hollywood-Photo-Tour/Hollywood-Athletic-Club.htm
Designed by the same architects who built Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Egyptian Theater. Johnny Weissmuller trained in the pool here for his “Tarzan” films. http://www.seeing-stars.com/Play/HollywoodAthleticClub.shtml & http://www.hollywoodphotographs.com/search.asp?im=-1&cat=61
By 1935, the Hollywood Athletic Club had acquired by the Los Angeles Athletic Club along with four other financially distressed clubs: Pacific Coast Club, Santa Monica Athletic Club, Surf and Sand Club in Hermosa Beach and the Santa Monica Deauville Club. http://www.laac.com/pages/history/historymain4.shtml
– see also 61/83
Hollywood Bowl – first Easter Sunday service held 21MAR1921 with the Philharmonic Orchestra playing on a plank platform. The Lloyd Wright Jnr designed shell opened the 1929 season at a cost of $35,000.
Hollywood Bungalow Café – 1139 N. La Brea Ave, Hollywood. Phone HEmpstead 7200
Hollywood Café – popular jazz club in the 1940s. (82/56)
Hollywood Canteen -Bette Davis and John Garfield founds the Hollywood Canteen at 1451 Cahuenga (on the corner of Sunset) with Eddie Cantor emceeing (2/11) (6/178) (14/201) (28/137 & 146) 03OCT1942 Bolstered with funds donated by Ciro’s and Columbia. Studio artists and cartoonists decorated the walls, Cary Grant donated a piano, Jack Warner provided linoleum and countless hours of work by studios plumbers, electricians and plumbers into a cosy Western-themed nightclub. Opening night stars paid $100 a seat to watch the festivities and the parade of servicemen who crammed the hall. Among the people there were Bette Davis and John Garfield, Abbott and Costello, Kay Kyser, Rudy Vallee, Duke Ellington played for the dancers; and among the hostesses were Carole Landis, Loretta Young, Irene Dunne, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Rita Hayworth. (40/208)
Postcards of the Hollywood Canteen were given out at the reception desk and could be mailed with fre postage for servicemen by writing “Free” in place of a stamp, and your military association, name and rank. (61/72)
See also 63/59
…the largest nightclub in the country…hired 100 black female dance hostesses and vigorously maintained an integrated atmosphere, but not without difficulty. (82/54)
Hollywood Gardens – Frank Sennes Sr. In 1930, Sennes moved to California where he became the manager of Hollywood Gardens, a nightclub where he gave movie star Betty Grable her first break. In 1953 he opened the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood, which was, at the time, the biggest nightclub, restaurant and showroom in America. It used to be Earl Carroll’s.
Hollywood Guild and Canteen – 1284 N. Crescent Heights. Opened 15MAY1942 by Anne “Mom” Lehr and served over 2 million servicemen. Unlike the USO or other Canteens, this one was designed to serve as a temporary hostelery and up to 700 men slept there each night and up to 1200 on the weekends. (61/33)
Hollywood Grill – Swanee River Barbeque – 5438 Hollywood Boulevard, west of Western Ave.
Hollywood Hotel– Opened 1903 as the Hotel Hollywood at a time when Hollywood Boulevard was still called Prospect Boulevard. Addition built 1905. Changed the name to “Hollywood Hotel” in the 1920s. Closed 1956. (61/79) See also (63/63) (66/321)
Hollywood Nite Club Photos – 6304 Riley Way, Carthay Circle Theater Building, Los Angeles 36, California Telephone: CR 1-3370, CR 1-7720, YOrk, 5293
Hollywood Palladium – 6215 Sunset Blvd – built by Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler and opened in 1940 (ribbon cut by Dorothy Lamour) with Tommy Dorsey who was featuring a young vocalist – Frank Sinatra.
(25/50) Decorated by the same guy who did the equally cavernous Earl Carroll’s. Had 12,000 square feet of dancing area to accommodate 7500 dancers and 1000 diners. The color scheme was silver and pearly gray, accented by coral. (40/192) “In the 40s, after the war, the Palladium was like New Year’s Eve every night with all the servicemen in town.” (66/349) The satin-walled, springy-floored Palladium was touted as a technological wonder, opened with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra.
Hollywood Park Race Track, Inglewood. Opened in 1938, owned and operated by the Hollywood Turf Club (106)
Hollywood Plaza Hotel, 1633-37 N. Vine St (Walker & Eisen, architects). Built in 1927 on Hollywood and Vine, was straight out of Damon Runyon. (8/128) This building was one of four major hotels built in Hollywood in the 1920s and once housed one of the most glamorous nightspots, “Clara Bow’s “It” Cafe named for and operated by the silent film star and her actor husband Rex Bell. It had formerly been known as the Cinnabar which had been opened in competition with the Hollywood Roosevelt’s successful Cine-Grill. (40/157) http://www.historicla.com/hollywood/block09.html (61/86)
According to https://paradiseleased.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-hollywood-plaza-hollywoods-forgotten-luxury-hotel/
Hotel began construction on September 16, 1924 and opened on October 15, 1925. In 1973, the Plaza, along with the Hollywood Knickerbocker and the Castle Green in Pasadena, were converted into senior housing.
- 1925 to 1928 – Klemtner’s Blue Plate Café
- 1928 – 1931 – Pig ‘N Whistle Café
- 1931 to 1936 – Russian Eagle Café
- Dec 17, 1936 to Sept 1937 – Cinnabar
- Sept 1937 – It Café (owned by Clara Bow for about a year, then changed management and was taken over by Phil Selznick (David O. Selznick’s uncle)
- 1944 – Les Comiques
- 1952 – Westerner Lounge-Grill
Hollywood Polar Palace ice skating rink – corner of Melrose and Van Ness. I don’t know how long it was there, but apparently the Ice Follies were held there in 1938. In May of 1963 it burned down.
Hollywood Public Market – 6561 Hollywood Boulevard – A supermarket big for its time when it opened for business in 1920 with 5.000 square feet of floor area.
Hollywood Ranch Market – Vine Street at Fountain, Hollywood, California. “We Never Close” is the motto of this fabulous market located in the heart of the Movie Capital. Here you can rub elbows with Hollywood’s film greats while shopping for the finest variety of foods and delicacies. http://www.yesterdayla.com/hollywood.html#Vine_Street
Hollywood Recreation Center – In 1938, when Hollywood went mad for ten pin bowling, the Hollywood Recreation Center went up on Vine St, south of Selma, in a stylish Streamline Moderne building. It housed a 22-lane bowling alley, a restaurant, and a cocktail bar. (p233/113)
Hollywood Roof Ball Room – corner Vine and Selma, Hollywood. A popular 1920s hotspot that lasted into the 1930s.
Hollywood Rollerbowl – As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “1452 N. Bronson Ave., Hollywood. Aft 2 to 5pm; eve 7.45 to 11pm.”
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – 7000 Hollywood Blvd. First opened its doors on May 15, 1927. In the 1930s, Russ Columbo broadcast a national radio show from the Cinegrill. In the 50s and 60s TV’s “This Is Your Life” came live from the hotel. (25/11) Financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Hotel_%28Hollywood%29
Hollywood Spaghetti Kitchen – 6756 Hollywood Boulevard. http://www.theblackdahliainhollywood.com/?p=65
Hollywood Studio Club – 6129 Carlos Ave. then 1215 Lodi Place – Established 1916 by the YWCA (61/27 says it was 1917, and had space for 10 girls) with the support of Mrs. C. B. DeMille and Mary Pickford to provide a decent place for young women coming to Hollywood to live. The first Studio Club housed Zasu Pitts, Carmel Myers, Mae Busch, Janet Gaynor and Ayn Rand. It then moved to Lodi and the new building was designed by Julia Morgan (who later went on to design Hearst’s San Simeon). The new building housed Peg Entwistle, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, Donna Reed, Nancy Kwan, Rita Moreno, Anne B. Davis, Barbara Eden, Sharon Tate and Sally Struthers. 59/129 – To further shelter the Goldilocks, Bess Lasky, the wife of Paramount boss Jesse Lasky and several other matrons organized the Hollywood Studio Club, where “decent” girls could find lodging, board, and protection often from the good ladies’ own husbands.
Hollywood Tower – 6200 Franklin Ave. Apartment block in the French Normandy Chateau style completed in 1929. (108/95)
The Hollywood Tropics, 1525 N. Vine St.
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “So atmospheric you feel the rainy season coming on.”
Before he bought the former Hollywood Recreation Center from which he broadcast his famous radio show, Breakfast in Hollywood, Tom Brenneman bought the Tropics and started his show there. (p285/113)
Hollywood’s Tom Tom Café – 6266 Sunset Boulevard, Phone Hillside 9849 -&- 806 E. Colorado Blvd, Glendale, Phone 2-9791
Hollywood Typewriter Shop – 6681 Hollywood Blvd. http://www.theblackdahliainhollywood.com/?p=65
Hollywood’s Famous Door – near Hollywood and Vine. Its entrance was scribbled with countless stars autographs. Late 1930s (40/153) http://www.streetswing.com/histclub/a2famdr1.htm
Hollywood Tower Apartments – 6200 Franklin Ave, corner Gower. Opened in the 1920s as La Belle Tour Apartment Hotel. (61/87)
Hollywood YMCA – 1553 N Schrader Boulevard, Hollywood. Was there in the late 30s as 115/p37 says that Bugsy Siegel played handball there. It also had a steam room.
Hotel Knickerbocker – Opened 1925. Valentino would sometimes ride his horse in the evening to have a drink at the bar and dance with women. D. W Griffith lived here and died here of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1948. In 1943 Frances Farmer was dragged through the lobby by the LAPD screaming obscenities and wearing only a shower curtain. In 1954 Marilyn Monroe was often seen sneaking around looking for her future husband Joe DiMaggio. (61/85) …was a glamorous hotel that was popular with celebrities from both coasts; Rudy Vallee, Gloria Swanson, Dick Powell, Bette Davis, and Errol Flynn all lived there, and both Sinatra and Elvis stayed there many times. Houdini also stayed there when he came to Hollywood. His widow held a séance for him on the roof in 1936. (66/36) Cost dollars1.5 million to build. (108/60)
Hotel St Moritz – 5849 Sunset Boulevard. Phone HO 7-2174
“Opposite Warner Bros. Hollywood studios . . . Two blocks from Columbia Square and Radio City”
Hot Spot Café – Culver City (also known as “Gladys’ Hot Spot Café” when two sisters owned it.) http://nfo.net/usa/niteclub.htm
House of Francis – 8439 Sunset Boulevard – where L.A.’s most well known madam – Lee Francis was finally raided and arrested on 16JAN1940 (although over the years she moved often owing to the nature of her business) and she was sentenced to 30 days. She was a model prisoner and didn’t serve the full term. 63/64
House of Ivy– By the late 1950s, despite continuing hostility and harassment of the LAPD, a number of gay establishments had sprung up: the House of Ivy, the Cherokee House, Maxwell’s, The Black Cat, the “356” bar downtown. Most gay bars had existed outside Los Angeles city limits where county sheriffs were traditionally far more tolerant. (10/346) The House of Ivy on Cahuenga was very popular in the 50s and 60s…There was also the Lafayette, which was just across the way from it. And then there was the Open Door, which was on the corner of Selma and Ivar…I also remember the Cherokee House in Hollywood…and Chee Chee’s on Figueroa…There were some others too like the Carousel, in Venice. That was one of the toughest….In the 30s and 40s it was considered quite chic to drop in at an after-hours “speakeasy” knows as Brothers, in the Central Ave area, near the Hotel Dunbar, where the city’s African-American nightlife flourished. (11/37)
House of Murphy – cocktail lounge at 410 S. San Vicente Blvd. 1940s. Their slogan was “It’s my life…I live it…I love it…criticism be damned.” The House of Murphy was a nightclub as well as a restaurant, and specialized in corned beef and cabbage. It was owned by Bob Murphy, an actor who had been a “singing emcee” in vaudeville and also had some work in the movies. He also owned Murphy’s Cellar in NYC. He died in 1948, but the restaurant continued in business.
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “House of Murphy, 4th St at La Cienega Boulevard. The a la carte entrée is a complete meal. Cornbeef and cabbage cooked in an old-fashioned dish style. Master of ceremonies Bob Murphy provides impromptu entertainment and the crowd chimes in.”
The Huddle restaurants – Bundy – Phone Exmont 7-7770; La Cienega – Phone Olympia 2-9139. Owner: Paul Cummins
The Hula Hut – 8204 Beverly Blvd. Phone: York-9583. – “Six blocks west of Gilmore Stadium”
The Hut, 11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, Phone: SU-2-9619 – From the look of the artwork on its menu, it seems like The Hut was around in the 1950s. The back of its menu shows they were around for at least 17 years. Interestingly, it sat on the same site – 11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City – as a place known as the Zulu Hut, which stood there in the early 1930s.
Huff’s Coffee Shop – Air Conditioned. Open 24 Hours. Hollywood’s Finest. 7920-40 Sunset Blvd, one block west of Fairfax. http://www.yesterdayla.com/Graphics/Niagra.jpg
I. Magnin’s – a store that catered to the ladies, whereas Mullen & Bluett’s offered rainbows of golf hose, sweaters and plus fours to the Beau Brummels. (65/63) Located at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard, built 1923. See also p141/113. In 1939, I. Magnin left Hollywood and moved to Beverly Hills. (p239/113)
Idiot Delights – a chain of ice cream parlors (such as the round building on La Brea and Highland) that were so big and rich – and cost $1 – that if you were able to finish it, you got to keep the big glass that it came in. (66/270)
If Club – 8th and Vermont – working class/industrial/butch lesbian hang out (1930s?) (59/96) (60/88)
Imperial Gardens Restaurant – 8225 Sunset Boulevard (Japanese) – http://www.latimemachines.com/new_page_41.htm
Interlude – also known as the Crescendo – 8568 Sunset, on the Sunset Strip. Phone OL 2-1800 – 1950s nightclub (17/95)
Independent film companies as listed in 1948 – http://bit.ly/1oWcHrM
- Sydney Buchman, 9700 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
- Cagney Productions Inc., 1040 North Las Palmas, Hollywood 38
- California Pictures Inc., 1041 North Formosa, Hollywood 46
- Charles Chaplin Studios, 1416 North La Brea, Hollywood 28
- Bing Crosby Enterprises Inc., 9028 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood 48
- Walt Disney Productions, 2400 West Alameda, Burbank
- Federal Films Inc., 8822 Washington Boulevard, Culver CIty
- Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 1041 North Formosa, Hollywood 38
- Sol Lesser Productions, 9336 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
- Seymour Nebenzal, 1041 North Formosa, Hollywood 46
- Mary Pickford, 1041 North Formosa, Hollywood 46
- Charles R. Rogers Enterprises, 1040 North Las Palmas, Hollywood 38
- Hal Roach Enterprises, 8822 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
- Edward Small Productions, Motion Picture Center Studio, 846 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood 28
- Andrew Stone Enterprises Inc., 8822 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
- Story Productions Inc., 9441 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
- Hunt Stromberg Productions Inc., 1040 North Las Palmas, Hollywood 38
- Vanguard Films Inc., 9336 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
- United Artists Productions, 1040 North Las Palmas, Hollywood 38
- Walter Wanger, 7324 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
- Rainbow Productions Inc., 451 North La Cienega, Hollywood 38
It Café – 1637 Vine St. Opened by Clara Bow and her husband Rex Bell on 03SEP1937 (21/137) at the Plaza Hotel near the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Had a zodiac motif and was popular with Bow’s silent movies era pals. (16/80) (25/48)
“Runnin’ Wild” by David Stenn, page 250 says: “To assuage her grief (over a miscarriage) Rex encouraged her to return to work and in SEP 1937 the couple opened the It Café on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Thin and glamorous once again, Clara informed the reporters that she would be a constant presence at her restaurant, supervising the chef (though her only specialty was stewed prunes) and greeting customers. Two weeks later she was pregnant again. Warned by Doctors that this child would be her last and terrified of another miscarriage, Clara took to bed. The It Café closed shortly thereafter.”
According to http://www.vialarp.org/vacation/b_blvd_sex_n_death.htm : “The left side lobby of the Plaza Hotel was the Russian Eagle Cafe & Gardens in the 30s. Garbo was a regular and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first tried Cocaine in the restroom.” See also (61/86) (66/310)
Prior to this, it was the Russian Eagle Cafe and the Cinnabar. After Clara Bow sold out, it later became Phil Selznick’s It Café (Phil Selznick was David O. Selznick’s uncle.)
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “Dinner 5pm to 10pm. Supper 10pm to 2am. No couvert. Dancing. No floor show. Bar.”
- 1925 to 1928 – Klemtner’s Blue Plate Café
- 1928 – 1931 – Pig ‘N Whistle Café
- 1931 to 1936 – Russian Eagle Café
- Dec 17, 1936 to Sept 1937 – Cinnabar
- Sept 1937 – It Café (owned by Clara Bow for about a year, then changed management and was taken over by Phil Selznick (David O. Selznick’s uncle)
- 1944 – Les Comiques
- 1952 – Westerner Lounge-Grill
The above timeline was gleaned from: https://paradiseleased.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-hollywood-plaza-hollywoods-forgotten-luxury-hotel/
Italian Kitchen restaurant, 6225 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of the Pantages.
Ivar House Cafe, 1737 Ivar St, Hollywood.
Jack’s – Sunset Boulevard – gay place: “A favorite eating place for queen bees, who generally hit it only for sustenance, not sex. (45/58)
Probably the same as:
Jack’s Drive-ins. 8801 Sunset Boulevard & 926 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. Home of the “Big” Jackburger.
The Jade Lounge – 6619 Hollywood Boulevard.
Jane Jones’ Little Club – 8730 Sunset Blvd. Owned by Jane Jones and her husband, Raymond Babcock, was in business from May 1936 to December 1939 and was a popular gathering spot for lesbians. Jones previously owned a place called the Castle Club. The Little Club was large enough to accommodate an orchestra and dance floor, a kitchen and a bar. With its Sunset Plaza-adjacent location and Jane’s show business connections, the club attracted the Hollywood elite and was apparently a successful venture. However the Vice Squad raided it on September 2nd, 1939 charging Babcock with selling liquor after 2am and the bar was closed in December. By 1941, it had been replaced by Club Marcel, a high-end club that also attracted an upscale clientele.
Jerry’s – 8844 Sunset Boulevard. Phone OL 7-1870. Jerry Lewis’ restaurant in Sunset Strip serving complete dinners for $5.50 in 1961. The Jerry Lewis Club opened in 1959 and closed in 1964. Another source says Jerry’s opened in 1961 and closed in the mid-60’s.
This location was formerly the Bublichki Russian Restaurant.
Jerry Rothchild’s Barber Shop – 222 S Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. In the 1940s, Bugsy Siegel visited here every day for a haircut and shave; also bookmaking site for him. http://www.movielanddirectory.com/star.cfm?star=381020
Jerry’s Joynt – Corner of Los Angeles Street and Ferguson Alley in old Chinatown before Chinatown was torn down to make way for Union Station at the end of the 1930s. Phone MAdison 5258. This was an odd place that sold both Chinese food and barbequed spare ribs, steaks and chicken. Featured “the beautiful Jade room. http://bit.ly/pYZBmS
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “211 Ferguson Alley (near the Plaza). Prices moderate, food good. A Jade lounge with carved woodwork and handsome figurines make it an interesting spot to see, even if you’re not hungry or thirsty.
Jester Room – 1247 Vine Street. Phone Hillside 6414 http://blackdahlia1946.blogspot.com/2007/01/hollywood-19591963_22.html
Jimmy’s Back Yard – The address for Jimmy’s Back Yard was given as 1608 Cosmo Street in an April 1932 LA Times article which put it down the street from B.B.B.’s Cellar. Opened New Year’s Eve 1929, L.A.’s first openly gay bar (86/96) – “Gay bars has been part of the Hollywood scene since 1929 when Thomas Gannon opened Jimmy’s Back Yard on Ivar Street on NYE. ( Cosmo Street and Ivar Street run parallel to each other: http://goo.gl/maps/wLB2T )With Prohibition still in place, the establishments officially served no alcohol, but bootleggers and cocaine dealers kept patrons well supplied. (article)
Jimmy’s Back Yard hosted Rae Bourbon’s “Boys Will Be Girls” extravaganza…After Jimmy’s Back Yard, he (Rae) moved over to other clubs, notably Rendezvous and Chez Boheme. (10/144)
In truth, gay bars had been part of the Hollywood scene since 1929, when Thomas Gannon opened Jimmy’s Back Yard on Ivar Street on New Year’s Eve. With Prohibition still in place, the establishments officially served no alcohol, but bootleggers and cocaine dealers kept patrons well supplied. Harry Hay would remember seeing Hollywood names among the crowd at such clubs, among them Billy Haines and Edmund Lowe. “We called them ‘temperamental’ clubs then,” he said, “because we were ‘temperamental’ people.” Other such places included Freddy’s and Allen’s, both of which were raided for their bathtub gin. “You kept your ear cocked to hear about whoever’s new place about every six weeks,” Hay said. (10/144)
When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, law enforcement officers, afraid of losing all vestiges of control over Hollywood nightlife, flexed their muscles by cracking down more often on Hollywood clubs that welcomed the sexually diverse. They were especially hostile to places that offered floorshows in which “man masqueraded as women, and women pose as men. When Hollywood Vice Squad raided Jimmy’s Backyard, they carted off the female impersonators, who were each sentenced to 6 months in jail. (60/46)
(Louis Prima’s) Jitterbug House, 875 North Vine Street, Hollywood
J.J. Haggarty had two stores. One at Seventh & Grand, and the other at 9544 Wilshire Blvd. (1940s)
JJ Newberry – chain of five-and-dime stores. The most well-known was at 6604 Hollywood Boulevard. (Prior to becoming a JJ Newberry, that location was a Bon Marche.)
Joseph’s Delicatessen – 5318 Wilshire Blvd, (Near the corner of La Brea.) Phone: Wyoming 3655. From 1940. “Where friendships are nenewed!”
NOTE: The grandson of Joseph is looking for photos of his grandfather’s deli. If you happen to have any, could you please contact me. Thanks!
Joseph’s Royale Cafe = 4061 W. Pico at S. Norton, 1920s
Katinka Russian Restaurant 7351 Beverly Blvd. In 1930, the Cockoo Clock was located at 7351 Beverly Blvd. Later became the Katinka and The Carolina Pines.
Kelbo’s Hawaiian Restaurants – Two men, Thomas Kelley and Jack Bouck, combined the first syllables of their last names and invented Kelbo’s, a small chain of Hawaiian barbecues that were not all that Hawaiian: Burgers, barbecue meat sandwiches and some miscellaneous seafood. The concession to the islands was that every plate was garnished with a piece of pineapple and the fried shrimp was coated with coconut. They also served very sweet (but very good) barbecued ribs and had a menu of tropical drinks, some of which came flaming or served in a skull mug. About half of each restaurant was a large, dimly-lit bar that I suppose some found atmospheric. I never saw anyone there who looked like they might have been a hooker but given the mood, it wouldn’t have surprised me. http://www.oldlarestaurants.com/kelbos/
King’s Club, 8730 Sunset Boulevard, Phone CR. 9403
King’s Tropical Inn – 5935 Washington Blvd., Culver City. http://nfo.net/usa/niteclub.htm
Mickie Capparilli-Mcgowan said: “I was a little kid, so it looked HUGE to me inside. Always crowded and noisy. Big palm trees with lights on them, branches spreading out so you felt like you were on an island at night. High backed booths, dark wood, warm honey butter on the table. Very busy, lots of food, delicious chicken. Yes, Mildred Pierce might have owned it. In fact, the drive-in where they filmed Mildred Pierce’s restaurant, was on Sepulveda…not too far from there. Oh, and the celery/olives thing was for dieters or nibblers. You got a big plate of them for pennies.”
The King’s Restaurant, 8153 Santa Monica Blvd was (1940s?) is where nightclub employees and the occasional cheeky, trysting movie star, claimed as their hangout. (8/121) There was quite possibly also another The Kings restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.
Michael Klemtners Marine Café – 617 South Spring Street, Downtown L.A.
Klemtner’s Blue Plate Café – the first incarnation of the restaurant at the Hollywood-Plaza Hotel, Vine Street, Hollywood, just south of the Hollywood and Vine corner.
- 1925 to 1928 – Klemtner’s Blue Plate Café
- 1928 – 1931 – Pig ‘N Whistle Café
- 1931 to 1936 – Russian Eagle Café
- Dec 17, 1936 to Sept 1937 – Cinnabar
- Sept 1937 – It Café (owned by Clara Bow for about a year, then changed management and was taken over by Phil Selznick (David O. Selznick’s uncle)
- 1944 – Les Comiques
- 1952 – Westerner Lounge-Grill
Kress’s Department Store – 6608 Hollywood Boulevard, opened 1934 ( 108/83, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._H._Kress_%26_Co.) later became Frederick’s of Hollywood and remained Fredrick’s for 59 years). Was a five-and-dime, like Woolworth’s. (66/195) “You hear stories about ladies stockings and how women learned to mend them using tiny hooks to loop around the runs. My mother bought one. I have seen women taking their stockings to Kress’s department store to be mended while they waited. The women wanted to wait for fear they would never see their stockings again, so they were willing to stand in lines. Standing in lines seemed to be the only solution for a lot of things.” http://www.leongoodman.com/early.html See also Kress 5-10-25 Department Store
Kress Drugstore – 7046 Hollywood Boulevard, later Leggetts.
La Brea Club – La Brea and West 3rd Street – mob hangout (Mickey Cohen)
La Fonda Inn – 12177 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City. Phone Sunset 2-9522
Leonardo Liquor Store,10426 Magnolia Blvd , North Hollywood, Phone SU-1-2155
(Cafe) La Boheme – 8614 Sunset Blvd. A favorite place for Hollywood types who liked to slum it. It featured its owner, a flamboyant drag queen Karyl Norman. The hit number was a impersonation of Joan Crawford doing a number from Sadie Thompson. Closed down in 1931 after a gun battle. http://nfo.net/usa/niteclub.htm (28/48) Ostensibly a straight club (article) Opened later as Wilkerson’s Café Trocadero. (40/99)
Lafayette – The House of Ivy on Cahuenga was very popular in the 50s and 60s…There was also the Lafayette, which was just across the way from it. And then there was the Open Door, which was on the corner of Selma and Ivar…I also remember the Cherokee House in Hollywood…and Chee Chee’s on Figueroa…There were some others too like the Carousel, in Venice. That was one of the toughest….In the 30s and 40s it was considered quite chic to drop in at an after-hours “speakeasy” knows as Brothers, in the Central Ave area, near the Hotel Dunbar, where the city’s African-American nightlife flourished. (11/37
L’Aiglon – 314 North Camden Drive Beverly Hills. Opened by Hollywood Reporter‘s Billy Wilkerson. Opened July 1947. Sold by Wilkerson October 1948, and later changed location because in November 1949, Blum’s Candy Store opened in that location.
La Conga – 1551 Vine St, between Sunset and Hollywood. Opened 21FEB38 when the 1937 Hawaiian craze
started to give way to the 1938 Latin beat / Cuban / Rumba craze. Became very popular especially when radio networks – NBC at the Hollywood and Vine intersection and CBS on Sunset east of Vine – built their studio and broadcasting facilities. (40/168) An organization of celebrities which called themselves The 400 Peanut Vendors, pining for a private night away from the gaze of fans, started meeting at La Conga every Sunday night (late 30s) for a complimentary buffet ad a night of rhumba-ing.
La Conga was downstairs from Vine Street’s Hollywood Rooftop Ballroom. (p230/113)
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : La Conga Club, 1551 Vine St. “Dinner from 7pm. No couvert. Two orchestras; two revolving orchestra stages. No floor show. Bar.”
(Chuck Landis’) Largo – 9009 Sunset Boulevard. Phone 878-2222. Burlesque which featured girls with names inspired by celebs (such as “Joni Carson”)
Larry Finley’s restaurant above the Mocambo at 8590 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip), open from 6pm to 4am. During the 1950s, the Mocambo’s next-door neighbor was the Larry Finley Restaurant, where Larry Finley broadcasted his television and radio (rock’n’roll) show. http://www.hollywoodphotographs.com/blog/mocambo-ni/ . . . KTLA Channel 5 variety program The Larry Finley Show which was broadcast nightly from his Sunset Strip supper club above the Mocambo. . . . Later known as Cloister
Lake Hollywood and Dam – Chief engineer William Mulholland supervised the construction work that was completed in DEC1924. (61/21)
Lakeshore Bar – Butch lesbian meeting place in Westlake Park–now MacArthur Park about a mile down from the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. (59/96)
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 N. Whitley Avenue, Hollywood, 1926 http://www.you-are-here.com/hollywood/leyenda.html
Langers Delicatessen Restaurant, 704 S. Alvarado at the corner of 7th Street, downtown L.A. Opened 1947.
La Rue – 8361 Sunset Boulevard (on a visible corner of what is now known as Sunset Plaza). Opened APR 44 – was an elegant Sunset Strip restaurant owned by Hollywood Reporter owner Wilkerson. (17/88) who also owned the Café Trocadero and L’Aiglon. (18/89)
La Rue’s on the Sunset Strip served French food. (1/81) Not as extravagant as some of his former enterprises, it nonetheless became a trademark of discriminating taste and a hangout for the well-heeled Screenland celebrity. Because it was primarily a restaurant, La Rue was more of a gathering place than a niterie loaded with action, which suited a grown-up Hollywood. Stars sat in rich gold leather booths, as opposed to the more prosaic red ones found in other establishments. The red-carpeted main dining room was dominated by two huge crystal chandeliers which were so elaborate that the proprietors had to regularly summon crystal cleaning specialists from San Francisco. (49/57)
The Last Word – 4206 South Central Ave, Los Angeles. Phone: ADams 9846. “The Home of the Blues”
The Latin Quarter – jazz club popular in the 1940s(?) (82/56)
Le Dome / William Haines studio / Don Loper’s Salon – 8720 Sunset Blvd. Build in 1934 as the interior decorating studio for ex-MGM star. In the 1940s William moved out and Don Loper, Hollywood dress designer, moved in. Later in the 1970s (?) it became the sophisticated Le Dome restaurant. (25/161)
Le Grand Prix – a luxurious streamline moderne deco barbershop open 24 hours a day was fronted by Mickey Cohen’s handler, Champ Siegel to handle Bugsy Siegel’s illegal gambling. The nation’s major gamblers, from Nick the Greek, to Sacramento Butch, were in frequent attendance, as were gunman, gamblers, grifters, fight promoters, boxers, jockeys, and stars of film, records and radio. (115/p56)
Les Comiques Restaurant at the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, 1633 N. Vine St., Hollywood occupying the same site as Clara Bow’s It Café, Cinnabar, and the Russian Eagle Café before it moved to the Sunset Strip.
Lincoln Park Roller Rink – As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “2037 Lincoln Park Ave. Aft. 2.30pm to 5pm; eve 7.30pm to 10.15pm. (Fri 7 to 10 pm)
Lindy’s (Steak and Chop House) – 3656 Wilshire Boulevard, another of Eddie Brandsetter’s ventures that featured sizzling steaks and chops at 65 cents a dinner. (40/137)
Linnys Delicatessen —Beverly Drive, red building. Served the best corned beef sandwich in town. The building went through several other tenants before turning into R.J.’s, one of the more popular places to eat ribs in Beverly Hills. The best corned beef in the vicinity is now two blocks to the north at Nate ‘n’ Al’s Deli. http://www.povonline.com/larestaurants/larestaurants04.htm
Little Hitching Post – a very small movie theater near the Pantages that showed nothing but westerns by Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers. (66/273) During the war years, the Hitching Post became a newsreel theatre, named the Tele-View (sometime before 1947.) (p268/113) It was one of the first theaters to close after WWII. No one needed newsreels when television brought news into homes. (p298/113)
Livingston’s – Canon Drive – where a young girl got her first good bra. (50s?) (Vanity Fair, March 2009)
Little Hungary – 1744 Vine St, Hollywood. A favorite restaurant of Billy Wilder
Loma cocktail lounge, 1507 W. 6th St, Los Angeles, Phone Dunkirk 4-4746
Los Angeles Country Club – Los Angeles’ triumvirate of golf establishments were the Wilshire Country Club, the Los Angeles Country Club and the Bel Air Country Club. (78/41)
Louis B. Mayer’s house – 625 Ocean Front Ave ( http://www.movielanddirectory.com/star.cfm?star=306290 ) (51/73 and on) where many Sunday brunch parties took place.
The Louisiana – 5665 Wilshire Blvd – “Heart of the Miracle Mile”
Pacific Glamour Prints – same address
The Luau – Opened 1954. Closed 1978. 427 North Rodeo, Beverly Hills. (106 says it opened in 1953, and was at 421 North Rodeo.) Co-manager Steve Crane, ex of Lana Turner who, in 1946, bought Lucy’s opposite Paramount. Tables made from lacquered ship hatch covers. Lengthy menu of gardenia-topped rum drinks. Gained rep for hot boy-meets-girl bar. (49/67)
Candice Bergin recalls, “The Luau was always where you were getting hit on by producer Sam Spiegel in the women’s room. It was very racy, very thrilling for a 16 year old to be in the Luau. (1950s) (Vanity Fair, March 2009)
The Luau was formerly Sugie’s Original “The Tropics” restaurant and club. “The Tropics” was opened by Harry “Sugie” Sugarman in Beverly Hills in 1936. This was one of the earliest of the Pre-Polynesian Pop power houses that catered to the motion picture industry. The Tropics was purchased by Steven Crane and turned into the Luau in 1953. http://on.fb.me/Hqyl00
Lucca’s Restaurant – 501 S. Western Ave, at the corner of 5th Street. The building was built in 1925. Ample servings of everything from antipasto to spumoni in a florid setting with strolling singers.
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “Ample servings of everything from antipasto to spumone in a florid setting with strolling singers.”
Later called Marchetti’s (see photo below) which then moved to Beverly Hills in 1933.
Lucey’s Restaurant – 5444 Melrose Ave also across the street from Paramount – which was called Lucey’s New Orleans House later in the 1950s
The Lux – Tony Cornero’s luxury gambling ship. The Lux opened for business on August 7th, 1947 with immense fanfare. A vivid billboard graced the Sunset Strip. Skywriting planes etched the ship’s name into Southland skies, and full-page newspaper ads announced its debut. Days later, it was a hit. Governor Earl Warren, Cornero’s longtime nemesis, commanded the Long Beach Port Authority to shut down water taxi service to Cornero’s ship. Without means to transport the gamblers to the Lux, the era of California’s offshore party boats abruptly ended. (115/p75)
Macayo Restaurant – Wilshire Blvd at 22nd St, Santa Monica, Phone EXbrook 4-3711 & 4-3712
Malibar – 10663 W. Pico Blvd – West Los Angeles
Margaret Shop – 7044 Hollywood Boulevard. “Correct wear for women.”
Mama Weiss’ Restaurant – 309 N. Rodeo. Opened in 1930, then in 1947 moved to S. Beverly Drive. Closed 1954. Originally the transformed front bungalow apartment of a Hungarian immigrant, back when Rodeo was home to bungalow courts and you could still drive horses down Sunset Boulevard. Six months after opening, Mary Miles Minter put up the money to move it across the street to 309 N. Rodeo. Was later razed and Romanoff’s went up in its place. Mostly Hungarian and Austrian cooking like blintzes, goulash, stuffed cabbage, and some Jewish dishes too. Among the patrons were actors Edward G. Robinson, Jack Benny, Charles Laughton & Else Lanchester, Johnny Weissmuller and Lupe Velez, members of Hollywood’s European community such as Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder and Luise Rainer. At the end of the night, Mama (Francesca) would come out in her gingham dress and white apron and sing Hungarian lullabies, German leider and Viennese operetta accompanied by a Gypsy violinist. In her prime, she was also the star of her own TV cooking program, ‘The Mama Weiss Show’ which aired 6 days a week on KHU in the 1950s. (49/31)
M & M – a lesbian bar with a mix of blue-collar and pink-collar lesbians that catered primarily to Latinas.
Madame Zucca’s Hollywood Casino
6000 Sunset Boulevard.
Run by Veturia M. Zucca
Opened July 1942 – opened.
June 1944 – Changed name to French Casino
Mae’s – Not too far from Lee Francis’s business, Mae’s was a large mansion estate high above Sunset. It was Greek revival building with stately columns and wide porches. Inside there was 14 lavish suites and a full-service restaurant and bar. The establishment was managed by a woman named Billie Bennett, who looked like and spoke like Mae West. Bennett’s was a special house. The women were look-alikes from the various studios. For a hefty price customers could choose between “Joan Crawford”, “Barbara Stanwyck”, “Alice Faye”, “Carole Lombard”, “Claudette Colbert”, “Ginger Rogers”, “Marlene Dietrich”, or any other special request, except for Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn who were never copied. (95/96)
Mammy Louise’s – 8711 Sunset in Sunset Plaza. Owned by Phil Selznick and run by a black woman named Louise Brooks. Raided in the fall of 1938 and subsequently went under. It next became Cafe Internationale, the upscale lesbian bar.
Maison Cesare – Hope St, downtown L.A. (Probably opened sometime in the 1910s, was there by March 1917) Upscale beauty salon. (p42/120)
Maison Gaston French restaurant – “Formerly Café de la Paix”, 7714 Southwestern Ave, Los Angeles, Phone Pleasant 2-2903. Also at 1219 Vine St, Hollywood, Phone HE 7815, Hoyt 067 – “Dinners from 5pm. 90 cents and up. A la carte and supper until 12pm”
Marcel’s – downtown L.A. restaurant. According to Lenore Coffee it was popular to have dinner at Marcel’s and then go to the boxing fights in a district called Vernon, all in semi-black-tie. (65/41)
The Marcus Daly – 314 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills. As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “Lunch (winter only) ; dinner from 5pm. ; no couvert. A novel decoration is the Zodiac Bar, where time is shown in an overhead come. The food is good, the atmosphere pleasant.”
Marchetti’s – formerly Lucca’s Restaurant – 501 S. Western Ave, at the corner of 5th Street. The building was built in 1925. Marchetti’s moved to Beverly Hills in 1933.
Marlin Inn – a coffee shop on Hollywood Boulevard that catered exclusively to homosexuals, especially underage gays who lacked the proper ID to get into bars. A similar place was Coffee Dan’s. (60/149)
Marquis Restaurant at 8240 Sunset Boulevard on the Stripat the intersection of Sunset and Roxbury. Opened by Paul Verlengia from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s, The Marquis was sometimes known as Paul Verlengia’s Marquis. See: http://www.onbunkerhill.org/manneats4#.UrI-wfZRZIw
Martoni’s – Cahuenga Boulevard,south of Hollywood Boulevard. Sonny Bono wrote of Martoni’s, “Everybody in the record business was there . . . Sammy Davis might be at one table, Sinatra at another.” (p301/113)
Mary’s – a lesbian club on the Sunset Strip. (41/224) 59/98 says it was opposite Café Gala.
Masonic Old Ladies’ Home – Santa Monica. (p143/120)
Masquers Club – Founded in 1925. It is a private club for actors and actresses. Moved in 1927 to 1765 Sycamore (2/28) http://www.masquersclub.org/ (61/31) Below is a Masquers Club invite, January 1923. (Makes me wonder what “Bring your KEYS” means…?!?!)
Maxim’s – at the northwest side of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard. “One of the best haberdasheries for men. It was a marvelous place to buy. Anything you wanted for a gentleman could be found there. (66/277)
Maxine’s – 9103 Sunset Boulevard, from the very late 1950s. Back in the mid-1930s, it was known as the Club Envoy
Maxwell’s – aka M Cocktail Lounge – 214 W.3rd St (1950s era)
By the late 1950s, despite continuing hostility and harassment of the LAPD, a number of gay establishments had sprung up: the House of Ivy, the Cherokee House, Maxwell’s, The Black Cat, the “356” bar downtown. Most gay bars had existed outside Los Angeles city limits where county sheriffs were traditionally far more tolerant. (10/346)
Mayfair Club – a strictly for members-only organization. Everyone in Hollywood wanted to be invited to join. Membership was restricted to 300 – and there was always a waiting list to join. No one could be admitted until an old member had died, or withdrawn. Being a Mayfairite was one of the ultimate status symbols reserved for film stars, moguls, writers, directors and producers, plus a few tycoons whose relationship to the industry was purely monetary. (28/49)
Mayflower Donut Shop – Hollywood Boulevard (66/182)
McDonnell’s – a large chain of restaurants and drive-ins, including corner of Wilshire & La Brea, and Beverly & La Brea. —>>>
See also: McDonnell’s menu
The Melody Room – 8852 Sunset Boulevard. Opened June 14, 1951. Rumored to have served as an illicit gambling den for notorious gangsters Mickey Cohen and Bugsy Siegel. Pete and Billy Snyder were the (public) owners of the club. In the 1970s, it became Filthy McNastys. The space is now occupied by the world famous music venue Viper Room.
Melrose Grotto – 5507 Melrose Ave, Hollywood. Phone HI 9033, HI 0724, HI 9069
Melody Lane Restaurant – cnr Hollywood and Vine. (66/126) located in the Laemmle Building at Hollywood & Vine St. Previously this was the location of the Richard Neutra designed CoCo Tree Cafe from 1932 to 1940. There was also a Melody Lane drive-in on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.
Merry-Go-Round Cafe – 1304 S. Figueroa St, Downtown Los Angeles. The 1932 City Directory lists five locations.
Also at 424 W. 6th St, downtown L.A. As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “Mike Lyman’s Grill, 751 S. Hill St. Especially popular with sportsmen, show people, and Spring Street quarterbacks.”
He also had a restaurant at L.A. international airport, called Flight Deck.
The Mint live music venue, est. 1937 – 6010 W. Pico Blvd, LA, CA 90035.
Miramar Hotel – The original Miramar Hotel was the home of Santa Monica co-founder John P. Jones. Built in 1888, the three story Victorian mansion included 17 bedrooms. In the 1920s the home was remodeled and enlarged and opened as the Miramar Hotel in 1921. The portion of the hotel that comprised of Jones’ original home was demolished in the 1930s. Bungalows that opened to the pool area were added to the hotel in 1938.
Mocambo – known as The Nightclub’s Nightclub, opened with fanfare at 8588 Sunset Blvd. on 03JAN1941 and closed in 1959. (16/82) The third of Sunset Strip’s major nightclubs opened a few years later than the Troc and Ciro’s. The Mocambo was farther west than Ciro’s, on the north side of Sunset. Like the other clubs, Mocambo had its unique feature: an aviary of exotic birds. No one ever saw a pink elephant at the Mocambo, but there were a lot of sightings of cockatoos and macaws, mostly the real thing.
The Mocambo featured a weekly Charleston contest, promoted by a dancer on the sidewalk in front of the club. In the early 1950’s, the special feature was jazz every Monday night. For several years, the Monday night house band was a group called the Firehouse 5 Plus Two, all of whom had day gigs as animators at Disney Studios. http://www.sunsetstrip.com/history/3.html
But of course it took a real McCoy maitre d’, one who didn’t dabble in the silly sidelines like acting, to be the maitre d’ par excellence. Such a one was Andre Dusel, who was maitre d’ for many years at the Mocambo and other flossy film town establishments.
Owners Charlie Morrison (1/81) and Felix Young. Designed by Tony Duquette who based it on Brazilian themes. Fave haunt of Bogie and Bacall, whenever they came in, the band would strike up “That Old Black Magic.” Gable and Lombard liked to come here too, as well as Ball & Arnaz. Louis B. Mayer liked to prowl the room. In 1943 when Sinatra became a solo act, he made his Hollywood debut at the Mocambo.
Located near the Trocadero, the Mocambo was long a favorite of many stars, especially Bogie and Bacall. Whenever they arrived, the band would strike up “That Old Black Magic”. It was there that Sinatra first became known in Hollywood. (6/188)
Built on the site of Club Versailles. Featured nearly 30 live birds.
http://www.filmsofthegoldenage.com/foga/1996/winter/hollywoodhotspots.shtml says The last of the vintage Sunset Strip clubs, Mocambo weighed in on January 3, 1941, and dominated the area’s nightlife throughout the war years. Owners Charlie Morrisson and Felix Young assembled its staff by raiding the finest clubs in the country, and they created a Technicolor riot of an interior that was described as “a cross between a somewhat decadent Imperial Rome, Salvador Dali, and a birdcage.” The last referred to Mocambo’s outstanding feature, glassed-in aviaries of live exotic birds. Their presence initially sparked protests from the ASPCA, which feared the birds would be killed off by all the after-hours racket; but Morrisson, a former agent, smooth-talked the group into believing that the macaws and cockatoos were having as much fun as everyone else.
Weekends at Mocambo were a stargazer’s dream. Making your way through the room you might come across Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, Franchot Tone and Burgess Meredith at the same table, Gable and Lombard cracking dirty jokes, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz doing the rumba, and the lecherous Louis B. Mayer on the prowl. It was a favorite haunt of Bogart and Bacall, and whenever they came in the band would strike up “That Old Black Magic.” Lana Turner threw a $40,000 birthday party for her husband here; Myrna Loy and Arthur Hornblow used the club to celebrate their divorce. And when Frank Sinatra became a solo act in 1943, he made his Hollywood debut at Mocambo. The place became so hip that even rival club owners and perpetual homebodies like Ray Milland came here for a good time.
As you’d expect, Mocambo was the site of some interesting altercations, the most famous of which pitted Errol Flynn against journalist Jimmy Fidler. Fidler had ridiculed Flynn in his column, and when the swashbuckling actor spotted him here, all hell broke loose. By the time the police arrived, Fidler was comatose and his wife had stabbed Flynn in the ear with a fork. The combatants settled their differences out of court.
After the war, Mocambo was usurped by Ciro’s as King of the Strip, but it remained on Hollywood’s “A” list well into the next decade. It closed in 1959, and a huge parking lot now covers the Mocambo site as well as that of its celebrated neighbor, the Trocadero.
The Mocambo was later known as The Cloisters.
Moderne Drive-in, 3025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, Phone SM 57385
Monkey Island – 3300 Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood. Opened 1938. “No bars – no cages – no danger – 1000 monkeys running loose” – “Chimpanzee show every half hour” – “3 magnificent acres of continuous amusement” – “Adults 25 cents, children 10 cents” See also: http://laist.com/2009/01/24/laistory_monkey_island.php
Montecito Apartments – 6650 Franklin Ave. – Built in early 1930s, it was particularly popular in the 50s and early 60s with the NY crowd. (25/26) including Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach. (66/269) Ronald Reagan lived there when he came to Hollywood in 1932. Jimmy Cagney lived there. It was also home to Mickey Rooney, Geraldine Page, Rip Torn, Don Johnson, George C. Scott, Ben Vereen. (66/347) http://www.you-are-here.com/hollywood/montecito.html
Mona Lisa Restaurant and cocktail bar – 3343 Wilshire Boulevard. Phone FItzroy 0796. Franco-Italian restaurant and an ideal place to take a woman guest for luncheon. They serve you a 50c luncheon, which cannot be duplicated anywhere for the money, as well as a Continental salad special. At the dinner hour, men like the solidity and comfort of the side wall booths here, as well as the excellence of the food of the $1.00 dinner “with no nonsense about it.” http://www.armchair.com/warp/la30c.html#brown
As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “French-Italian restaurant favored by gourmets. Continental atmosphere. Vintage wines.”
(Brandstatter’s) Montmartre Café – 6753-63 Hollywood Blvd. (Meyer & Holler, architects, Opened DEC’22. This cafe and nightclub on the second floor of a financial institution sparked the nightlife of the Hollywood community in the early 1920s. The restaurant was frequented by fans and stars alike.http://www.historicla.com/hollywood/block02.html#anchor1004497
The original name of the Montmartre Café was the Sixty Club as it was located in 6000 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
Spaghetti Tetrazini was their specialty. Eddie Brandstatter, owner, later taken over by Henri de Soto, apparently after hard times in the depression. The original owner was Eddie Brandstatter – the building still stands today almost unchanged and was replicated on the fake Hollywood Blvd. in Florida.
Hollywood’s first nightclub opened on the second floor in 1922. Its motto was “Where everyone goes to see and be seen.” Patrons included Buddy Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, Rudolph Valentino, Fatty Arbuckle, Gloria Swanson, Winston Churchill, and Prince George of England. Bing Crosby, while performing here, met his first wife, Dixie Lee. Joan Crawford was discovered when she won the Charleston dance competition. The Lee Strasberg Institute was housed here in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Bruce Torrence. http://www.hollywoodentertainmentdistrict.com/entertainment/historic.php?choice=display&id=8&category=HistoricSites&disp_type=biz
Hollywood Boulevard’s Montmartre Café was the hot wartime venue, followed by the New Yorker Club down the avenue near Highland, and the Hollywood Ballroom on Vine Street. To the southwest, near Goldwyn’s MGM in Culver City were the Cotton Club and Fatty Arbuckle’s Plantation Cafe. (8/86)
Suddenly, those places identified by the subculture as “gay” were officially “not”. The Montmartre, once the hippest of the hip in the 20s, catered primarily to homosexuals as the 30s went on, but never self-named itself as a pansy club or queer bar. The Crown Jewel, on South Hill Street, was “discreet and elegant”, according to Fred Frisbie, an early gay activist who lives in Hollywood at the time. A driver’s license was needed to enter, “There was a code of conduct in such bars that normally prohibited any same-sex touching,” Frisbie remembered, “making it difficult at times to tell a gay bar from a straight one.” (10/147)
See also 61/68, and 63/91
Brandstatter’s Café Montmartre – 2nd floor 6763 Hollywood Blvd, near Highland. Opened 1923 and considered Hollywood’s first nightclub. Most popular during Prohibition 20s. Held Saturday afternoon tea dances and Charleston dance contests that Joan Crawford often won. (16/75) Louella Parsons met the studio publicists weekly at a luncheon at the Montmartre…she eavesdropped on lunching celebrities. (15/114) One of the Montmartre’s maitre d’s was Bruce Cabot, start of King Kong. In 1930 it was one of the first clubs to book a young crooner who had recently left the Paul Whiteman orchestra – Bing Crosby. (25/16)
Although open in the evenings with plenty of hot jazz, it was better known for its lunchtime trade, especially on Wednesday s which a wise Brandstatter set up for the film folk. It held 350 patrons. (40/40)
By the mid-1930s, however, the Montmartre had fallen out of popular failure and onto harder times and by the mid 1930s had become a gay bar (called a “queer bar” at the time) which was really a speakeasy in that it did not advertise it’s existence, its patrons could be arrested, and it was run by a gangster. The gangster was a local hood called Les Bruneman. Despite the rundown décor, the patrons dressed to the nines and the place was packed on Saturday nights. But the threat of arrest always hung in the air. An invitation like “How about coming to my place?” was enough to warrant arrest. As a gay bar, the Montmartre’s life is relatively brief. http://www.queermusicheritage.us/may2010h.html
Moscow Inn, 8353 Sunset Boulevard. Phone Crestview 4331. “Under the personal supervision of Prince U. Dolgorusk. Special features on Sunday – Russian-French cuisine, 7-course dinner $2. No cover charge. Dancing and Dining. Free parking and free checking.
Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, 159 South Beverly Drive. (p265/118)
Established in Hollywood. FEB1944 – director Sam Wood was elected President, chairman of the executive committee was MGM executive producer James Kevin McGuinness; first vice President was Walt Disney. Other supporters that the Alliance claimed to have were Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Irene Dunne and Spencer Tracy.
Moulin Rouge – Frank Sennes Sr. In 1930, Sennes moved to California where he became the manager of Hollywood Gardens, a nightclub where he gave movie star Betty Grable her first break. In 1953 he opened the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood, which was, at the time, the biggest nightclub, restaurant and showroom in America. It used to be Earl Carroll’s.
Mullen & Bluett’s– 5570 Wilshire Blvd. between Ridgeley Dr. and S. Burnside Ave.A store that offered rainbows
House of Murphy’s – In the Valley at the corner of Venture Blvd, and Laurel Canyon – Phone Stanley 7-5780 and on Restaurant Row at 4th Street and La Cienega, Phone Bradshaw – 2-3432
“House of Murphy – It’s my life – I lived it – I loved it – Criticism be damned.”
“If you ain’t eatin’ at Murphy’s, you ain’t eatin’!”
Music City – aka Wallich’s Music City, on the corner of Sunset and Vine. Wallich’s was Hollywood’s largest record store in those days, and they had “listening booths” where you could sample records before making a decision to buy. http://www.pcdon.com/page353.html Radio station KLAC worked with Wallich’s Capitol Records, doing broadcasts from the Music City store window. (p286/113)
Mullen Bluett – golf hose, sweaters and plus fours to the Beau Brummels, whereas Magnin’s catered to the ladies. (65/63) In its heyday, men of distinction shopped at Mullen Bluett, according to a newspaper advertisement for the original store at 101 N. Spring St. opened in 1883. There was also a store at 6316 Hollywood Boulevard.
Musart Theatre, 1320 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles. Phone: PR-6644
Musso and Frank Grill – 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Phone GRanite 7788 – Opened in 1919, remodeled in 1937 and in the 1940s became a regular haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley and William Faulkner. (25/18) Flannel cakes were their specialty. (66/186)
Writers, playwrights, and Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper people found themselves in Hollywood working for movie studios. Their favorite hangout was Musso & Frank’s, was opposite the Writers Guild office. Musso was the saloon for Paramount writers, in addition to F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Cain, Lillian Hellman, Dashiel Hammett, William Saroyan, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Parker, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Dalton Trumbo, and Ernest Hemingway. Actors who liked the company of writers also came, John Barrymore preferred a corner booth. Myrna Loy wrote that, when she lived at the Chateau Marmont, she would come for dinner with her neighbor, Bea Lillie, and “talk the night away.” Stanley Rose moved his bookstore next door and turned the shop into a writer’s sanctuary. In a back room, writers and readers talked literature as Rose handed around a bottle of orange wine.
Musso’s Restaurant – 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Naumann’s Delicatessen Café, 623 S. Grand Ave Phone MA 5088 -and- 118 W. 4th St, Phone MA 0975 – “Delicious luncheons and dinners by one of the very oldest concerns in Los Angeles. Foreign and domestic style cooking – cocktails”
Nate ‘N’ Al’s Deli & Restaurant – 414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills. Phone 310-274-0101, Daily 7am-9pm, since 1945
NBC Radio City – opened in 1938 at the northeast corner of Sunset and Vine Streets in Hollywood
Neale’s Smart Men’s Apparel – 6161 Wilshire Boulevard. Cary Grant, interior designer Bob Lampe and entrepreneur L. Wright Neale opened a men’s clothing store at 6161 Wilshire Blvd. in 1932. It was dubbed Neale’s Smart Men’s Apparel and boasted expensive mahogany fixtures and mammoth change rooms. Grant was never mentioned as a co-owner — he was strictly a silent partner. But he often would work in the store when he wasn’t required on set. Marlene Dietrich confirmed this business in a letter she wrote to her husband in 1932. “There’s a young, handsome cockney Englishman by the name of Cary Grant, that Jo cast as the lover. What do you think he does? To make more money, he sells SHIRTS on the set and he’s so charming that people come from all over the lot to buy them from him.” From that point on, she referred to him as the “shirt salesman.” http://bit.ly/1BsaWpG
http://bit.ly/1EScRrb says it folded within a year.
Niagra 5 Min. Car Wash. 99c with every 10 Gals Gas. Reg. Price $1.25. Every 6th Wash Free. Niagra Shell Service. Open 24 Hours. Firestone Tires. Phone Hollywood 29506. Huff’s Coffee Shop. Air Conditioned. Open 24 Hours. Hollywood’s Finest. 7920-40 Sunset Blvd. 1 Blk. West of Fairfax. http://www.yesterdayla.com/Graphics/Niagra.jpg
Nickodell (Argyle) Restaurant – 1600 Argyle at Selma. Opened in 1928 and located across the street from NBC and ABC studios. (61/73)
Nickodell (Melrose) Restaurant – Close to the Paramount and RKO corner of Melrose and Gower. The largest and most successful of the Nickodell chain. (61/73)
There were two Nickodell’s at one time. The less-famous one, which closed before the other, was at Argyle and Selma in Hollywood. No one noticed when that one went anyway…but everyone in town lamented the closure of the one on Melrose, built into the side of a movie studio. The studio was at one time RKO Studios…then it became Desilu…then it assumed its present identity as Paramount. For years, it was the place folks working on the lot escaped to for a mid-day cocktail, and many important deals were made at its tables. When I Love Lucy was casting and they needed someone to play Fred Mertz, Desi Arnaz got a call from an actor named William Frawley and they arranged to get together and discuss the role over drinks…at Nickodell’s Also right down the street was the studio of what was then KHJ (now KCAL), channel nine, a local TV station. It was said that the KHJ News Crew practically lived at the bar at Nickodell’s and wrote their copy on its napkins. I only ate there twice, maybe three times. The food was pretty straightforward American — steaks, chops, chicken — and you got the feeling the cuisine was of secondary importance to the libations. But the meals were served efficiently by real, professional waiters (no aspiring actors allowed) and the whole place had a cramped, wonderful sense of Old Hollywood history. Nickodell’s closed with some fanfare in the eighties. News crews showed up the last week, as did everyone who’d ever eaten there and wanted a last meal and a souvenir ash tray. But then it suffered the ignominious fate of completely disappearing. Paramount just moved some fences around and suddenly, not only was Nickodell’s not there but you couldn’t even see where the building had been. When I drive by now, I think I know where it used to be…but I’m not sure.
New York Café – 6413 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Normandie French Restaurant – 108 W. Olympic Boulevard. As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “First class French food served in a quiet, conservative atmosphere.”
Ollie Hammond’s Steak House — 3683 La Cienega, across the street from where there’s now a Tony Roma’s. Ollie Hammond’s was a great place to get a real meal at any hour of the day…at least until the place burned down. When Kate Mantilini’s at Wilshire and Doheny opened up, it originally announced that it would emulate Ollie Hammond’s with the same menu and 24 hour service. Then it didn’t and I’m still feeling the disappointment. I really liked Ollie Hammond’s. Its prime rib was great…and I always thought it took guts to have prime rib on your menu when you’re two doors down from Lawry’s. The soup du jour seemed to always be a tomato concoction with ground beef and pasta noodles that people informally but not inaccurately called “spaghetti soup.” On Sundays, they served a corned beef hash that still has folks salivating. Below is an unassembled matchbook cover from when Ollie Hammond’s had three locations in town and weren’t open 24 hours. Until someone sent me this, I only knew about the one on La Cienega. The one on Wilshire would have been near the Ambassador Hotel. The one at Third and Fairfax would have been near me and I might be there right now having a steak or that great hash. http://www.povonline.com/larestaurants/larestaurants02.htm
Old Hickory Brick Kitchen. As listed in the ‘Los Angeles Guide, 1941’ : “branches in various parts of the city. A la carte only; specialty: barbequed spare ribs, chicken served with hot biscuits, honey, shoestring potatoes, a pail of water and a washcloth.”
Omar’s Dome, 463 S. Hill St, downtown L.A. Phone MAdison 4222
Open Door – The House of Ivy on Cahuenga was very popular in the 50s and 60s…There was also the Lafayette, which was just across the way from it. And then there was the Open Door, which was on the corner of Selma and Ivar…I also remember the Cherokee House in Hollywood…and Chee Chee’s on Figueroa…There were some others too like the Carousel, in Venice. That was one of the toughest….In the 30s and 40s it was considered quite chic to drop in at an after-hours “speakeasy” knows as Brothers, in the Central Ave area, near the Hotel Dunbar, where the city’s African-American nightlife flourished. (11/37)
The Open Door (just across the street from the If Club) where lesbians blue-collar and pink-collar workers rubbed shoulders with prostitutes. (60/89)
5555 Wilshire Blvd
1719 North Vine St
4137 South Crenshaw Blvd
757 South Vermont Ave