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Premiere of “Show Boat” at the Pantages Theater, Hollywood Blvd, 1936

Thank goodness Life magazine was on hand to record so many wonderful moments. In this shot, I almost feel like we’re part of the crowd gathered across Hollywood Boulevard from the Pantages Theatre as Universal Pictures hold a whiz-bang premiere … Continue reading

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The 30th Academy Awards at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd, March 26, 1958

This Life magazine photo captures all the excitement for the 30th Academy Awards at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd on March 26, 1958 — the year that The Bridge on the River Kwai won big. And judging by the … Continue reading

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Hollywood Boulevard at night during Christmas, circa 1950

The third in my triptych of Hollywood Boulevard during the holidays photos shows us the view looking west past the Pantages Theater from the Argyle Avenue corner where the Vallera Italian Kitchen restaurant stood. In this shot, it looks like … Continue reading

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VJ Day on Hollywood Boulevard, August 14, 1945

I have a number of dates ready to plug into that time machine and this day would be one of them. In this photo, we’re seeing VJ Day – the day victory over Japan was declared, thus ending WWII. It … Continue reading

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Movie stars in the Frolic Room, Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California

I’ve passed the Frolic Room on Hollywood Blvd a million times en route to see a show at the Pantages Theater, but I’ve never gone inside. Had I known the place featured marvelous murals like this, I’d have ventured inside … Continue reading

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Mayor Fletcher Bowron and his wife drive past the Pantages Theater, Hollywood Blvd, 1949

Fletcher Bowron was the mayor of Los Angeles from 1938 to 1953. I guess he’s in some parade down Hollywood Boulevard (probably the Christmas parade?) but to me, that’s the least interesting part of this photo. Check out that car! … Continue reading

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Interior of Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

I thought I’d post this for the benefit of the people who follow this page, but who don’t or haven’t lived in LA and been able to experience the glory of the Pantages Theatre for themselves. From this photo, you … Continue reading

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Oscar Night at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd, 1959

This was Oscar night, April 6th, 1959, at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd. This was the year of “Gigi”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Auntie Mame.” Out front of the theater is a long line of guys … Continue reading

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Opening night of Pantages Theatre Hollywood Blvd, June 4, 1930

This shot shows us the opening night of the Pantages Theatre on June 4, 1930. The opening program was hosted by Al Jolson, and featured MGM’s “The Floradora Girl” starring Marion Davies; a Metronome News (MGM’s newsreel), a Walt Disney … Continue reading

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“Vivacious Lady” playing the Pantages Theater, looking west on Hollywood Boulevard, 1938

In this 1938 photo, we can see Hollywood Boulevard looking west from Argyle Ave. “Vivacious Lady” starring Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart is playing at the Pantages Theatre, and the streetcar tracks are clearly visible on the road. And look … Continue reading

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