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Shirley Temple in “Captain January” plays Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, May 1936

Shirley Temple gets her name strung up over Hollywood Boulevard for the May 1936 run of “Captain January” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Not bad for an 8-year-old. This was a good week for Guy Kibbee, too. He costarred with Shirley … Continue reading

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Howard Hughes’s “Hell’s Angels” opens at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with 200 searchlights on May 24, 1930

Whenever I see a spectacular photo of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre that makes me go “Wow! Which premiere that was for?” almost invariably it turns out to be the taken the night of the spare-no-expense night that Howard Hughes’s “Hell’s Angels” … Continue reading

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt during the engagement of “Trader Horn”, June 1931

This photo of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt was taken in June 1931 during the run of Trader Horn. The fact that it’s the Mickey Steps Out poster on display shows how popular Mickey Mouse had become. Grauman’s had only been … Continue reading

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MGM’s “On an Island with You” plays the Egyptian Theater, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 1948

Employees at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd are busy putting Esther Williams’ name up in lights in preparation for MGM’s latest extravaganza, “On an Island with You” (1948) Evidently Xavier Cugat and Technicolor were big enough draws to make … Continue reading

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Looking northwest across Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, circa 1915

In this circa 1915 photo, we’re looking up Highland Avenue past the Hollywood Hotel on the right toward Franklin Avenue. With the Hollywood hills so empty, the Bernheimer brothers’ home, Yamashiro, really sticks out—it was only a year old back … Continue reading

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Premiere of Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, May 24, 1930

I’ve seen so many photos of the “Hell’s Angels” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on 24 May, 1930 that I sometimes wonder if Howard Hughes engaged every photographer within a 100-mile radius of Los Angeles. But of all the shots … Continue reading

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Looking north on Vine Street at Hollywood Boulevard, circa 1957

In this photo looking north on Vine Street at Hollywood Boulevard toward what was then the newly opened Capital Records building (opened 1956, this photo circa 1957). The colors are so vibrant and alive that I wonder if it’s taken … Continue reading

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Exterior view of the Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, circa 1930s

It’s hard to determine when this shot of the Hollywood Hotel was taken, but my guess is circa 1930s. But what struck me about this photo is the tranquility of the scene. The guy in the white suit is chatting … Continue reading

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Women at Eddie Brandstatter’s Cafe Montmartre, 6757 Hollywood Boulevard, 1928

Eddie Brandstatter’s Montmartre Café opened in December 1922 on the second floor of 6763 Hollywood Boulevard and found rapid success as Hollywood’s first nightclub, attracting stars and fans from all over. It was also a popular for afternoon tea dances … Continue reading

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Hollywood Hotel in color, Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Ave, circa 1948

A color photograph of the Hollywood Hotel is a rare and wondrous thing. It makes it easier to believe that there actually was a grand old dame of a hotel at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Ave—instead of … Continue reading

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