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Opening night at the Pacific Drive-In Theater, 10850 W. Pico Boulevard – the first drive-in theater in Los Angeles, September 9, 1934

Here we’re seeing the opening night of Los Angeles’s first drive-in theater, the Pacific Drive-in at 10850 W. Pico Boulevard, just south of Century City on September 9, 1934. We’re so used to drive-ins being part of our urban landscape … Continue reading

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Book store open late at night, Weyburn Avenue, Westwood Village, Los Angeles, 1938

I don’t know where on Weyburn Ave in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles this bookshop stood, but they sure kept late hours. With the darkness of night encroaching from all sides and that sole streetlight burning like a … Continue reading

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Loyola Theater marquee and facade, Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1972

I normally post photos of Los Angeles and Hollywood taken during the golden era (1927 to 1959, the same years that the Garden of Allah Hotel was open) but occasionally I find a photo that’s too gorgeous not to share. … 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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A McDonnell’s drive-in carhop is on the job at the corner of Sunset Blvd and La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, circa 1930s

I love it when a place as every day as a drive-in restaurant gets a dramatic portrait. McDonnell’s was a chain of restaurants—both walk-in and drive-in—but of course the drive-ins with their 1930s neon lighting were the most photogenic. I … Continue reading

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Night shot of a “Flying A” brand gas station in Los Angeles

I have neither a date nor a location for this “Flying A” brand gas station located somewhere in Los Angeles. But I do love the way it echoes the popular circular drive-in restaurants and the way it used light to … Continue reading

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Fox Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1941

Although Grauman’s Chinese Theatre got the lion’s share of glamorous Hollywood movie premieres, it’s hard to beat the Fox Carthay Circle Theatre for spectacular photos like this one taken in 1941. That soaring tower with the beacon on top, those … Continue reading

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Wilshire Boulevard neon lightshow, Los Angeles, 1945.

This 1945 shot shows us was a buffet of neon Wilshire Blvd could be at dusk. At just one corner we have a “READ EXAMINER WANT ADS” with a Richfield gas station and a Simon’s Sandwiches drive-in restaurant. The “Examiner” … Continue reading

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Griffith Observatory overlooking nighttime Los Angeles, 1940

There are some images that are quintessentially LA and the Griffith Observatory is one of them. Prominently positioned overlooking Los Angeles, you can see it for miles, and when you’re there, you can see for miles. But when it’s photographed … Continue reading

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Looking north on Vine Street from NBC Radio City, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, circa 1948

I do enjoy a night sky lit up with a buffet of neon lights. This circa 1948 shot show us Vine Street north of Sunset Boulevard where we can see the ABC television studio, Santa Fe railway booking office, Wil … Continue reading

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