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Old Posted Feb 2, 2012, 8:33 AM
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The Academy Awards are coming up near the end of the month; so, here's some Academy Award-related stuff.

1972, Price Waterhouse is dropping off the nominations lists at the AMPAS headquarters, then located in a converted old movie theater building at 9038 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. After a brand new, considerably larger headquarters building was built and opened in late 1975 in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Boulevard, the old headquarters building was demolished.

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Originally a neighborhood cinema called the Marquis Theatre, it was built in 1925. In 1946, after having rented different offices in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bought the old Marquis Theater and made it its headquarters building, using the theater for Academy screenings.

In early 1949, the Academy was in a crisis; after years of having the awards ceremonies subsidized by the movie studios, the studios decided to tighten their belts, being that in 1948, the Supreme Court told the major studios that they couldn't own their own movie theater chains without violating antitrust laws. Plus, this was the era of the rise of television; more people were staying home and not going to the movies, and the movie studios were taking a hit in profits; the studios, then, were not going to fund the Academy Awards ceremony. So, the Academy President at the time, Jean Hersholt, decided to hold the awards ceremonies at the Academy's own screening theater---which only seated 950. The awards ceremonies for the previous 2 years had been held at the Shrine Auditorium, which seated 6,700 at the time. So naturally, many Academy members were miffed that many could not attend the awards ceremony. This was the only time that the Academy's own screening theater would be the venue for the Oscars.

Oscar night, Academy Theater, March 24, 1949, honoring achievements in film for 1948. This was back when the Oscars was still an industry-only event (though the ceremonies were broadcast on radio), before TV and the ridiculous focus of red carpet arrivals, and before all the international press coverage. However, during WWII, the Academy did invite some members of the military to attend, and in 1947-1948, when the Oscars were held at the Shrine Auditorium, in an effort to fill all the seats, the Academy sold tickets to the general public, to the chagrin of some Academy members. The Oscars are still invitation-only, but its being a live televised show has added the dynamic of having to play to the TV viewer.

And this was back when the Oscars was a true, after-twilight, evening affair, when evening wear is supposed to be worn. There's something I find tacky about wearing evening clothes while the sun is still out at 3 in the afternoon, like today's Oscar arrivals.

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The fans in the bleachers.

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Agnes Moorehead being interviewed on KFWB radio (AM 980). She was up for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Johnny Belinda." She lost to Claire Trevor in "Key Largo."

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Best Actress nominee (for her role in "Johnny Belinda") Jane Wyman arriving. She won.

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Gregory Peck.

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Jane Russell in the lobby. She performed one of the songs nominated for Best Original Song, "Buttons and Bows" from the film "The Paleface."

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The stage.

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The lighting crew and newsreel people up in the balcony.

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Some of the winners backstage with the press.

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Old Posted Feb 2, 2012, 8:58 PM
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Wonderful post sopas_ej!

Such a crying shame that the academy, or whoever, chose to demolish the building once they were done with it. By the photos you posted, it appears to have been a beautiful venue.

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Malumot, the interesting thing to me, though, is how solidly the L.A. of the 20s-50s was built. They put up some serious public infrastructure (before the freeways) and some gorgeous residential neighborhoods as well. There are a couple of threads on City Threads A-M featuring Hancock Park, Windsor Square, etc. Those neighborhoods were built to last! L.A. is like a kid that grew up quickly and became a stable, mature adult.
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Does anyone have any pics and/or info of LA mortuaries in the 1920's such as Pierce Brothers?

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Also, does anyone know of a good store that would have a great collection of back issue magazines from the 1920's thru the 1980's here in LA? There used to be a place in Burbank.

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I'm surprised to see Little Joe's, the building was a three story bay-windowed Victorian. In this photo, looks like it was taken in early fiftys due to the cars in the parking lot. The Nuccio family apparently replaced the two streetfacing walls into Streamline Moderne with new brickwork and new smaller windows. The building was long occupied by elderly Cantonese pensioners. The Paris Inn building is still there, now a part of Bing Wong Apts and a restaurant. The white building in the left distance on the southeast corner of College and Hill sts. is still there, now a Ai Hoa supermarket, its upper 2nd story were once a mahjong club and a tax office, now long vacant and empty. Can anyone in the thread have closeup photos of Little Joe's? How amazing!
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I've been looking everywhere for more information regarding Billy Berg's, the first interracial nightclub in Hollywood.
It was located at 1356 Vine Street (near or at DeLongPre Avenue).


http://felixinhollywood.blogspot.com...llie%20Holiday



I found this information at Wikipedia.....but no photographs


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Berg's







A kerfuffle broke out involving Ms. Holiday at Billy Berg's on New Year's Eve..December 1948/Jaunuary 1949.


http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=B...olliday_Busted



below: Ms. Holiday leaving the county courthouse on New Year's Day.


http://felixinhollywood.blogspot.com...llie%20Holiday



below: Billy Berg's location today...


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The 'Felix in Hollywood' blog includes the corner building as well.....but I'm not so sure.
If we could find at least one photograph perhaps we can place it on the corner (1360 Vine at De LongPre Ave.)
Until then I'm sticking with the street address of 1356 Vine...the address in the newspaper ad.





To help make all this tangible...'Felix in Hollywood' included this ashtray.


http://felixinhollywood.blogspot.com...llie%20Holiday

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The Tamale Restaurant

The Tamale Restaurant, 6421 Whittier Blvd., East L.A. in 1920


http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...86986&page=161


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And today


http://www.flickr.com/photos/6845356...1740/lightbox/

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Woah! That's awesome the structure still survives!
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Old Posted Feb 3, 2012, 7:39 AM
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Liquor store MURDER at 5601 S. Main Street on July 14, 1951.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1328253824696




http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1328254441447




below: The liquor store was on the ground floor of this arts n' crafts home.


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below: Another view showing the address as 5601 S. Main Street.


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below: The victim's wife being comforted....notice that the lettering on the window says 'Las Palmas Cafe.
I wonder if this cafe was located in the same building as the liquor store...or is this an entirely different location? It's a bit confusing.



http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1328254441447

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Another postcard from ebay with no information.



I'm pretty sure this is the Arroyo Seco Parkway.....but I'm not sure about the bridge.

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That is indeed the Arroyo Seco Parkway; that's the York Boulevard bridge.
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Big Jean Spangler murder story on front page of NBC News website today:

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20...h-is-a-mystery
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I'm not sure about those lights, I'm thinking they're recreations of what used to exist on the retaining wall that was demolished.

Thanks for that link. I don't understand the "garden" reference either. Union Station definitely does have courtyards or gardens, but I don't understand the directions in that link.

Great pics of the Gerry Building, guys! I love that building. I walked by it last year, I may have taken pictures of it but I'd have to search through my computer file folders.
The contemporary photo of the Metropolitan Water District building at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) shows the new roadway that skirts the south side of the property. The original road passed along the old Railway Express Agency (REA), which unloaded shipments from the railroads and put them onto their trucks to be delivered around the city.

The retaining wall overlooked Aliso Street, (including Philippe's) and the Pacific Electric red car route. When the streetcars were shut down and the freeway was built, LAUS was untouched. The aerial photograph shows the original commissary (under the aforementioned ramp), where food was stored and prepared for the dining cars. The tractors that pulled the commissary wagons later used the same route that passed by the REA offices.

There are two patios at Union Station, the North Patio and the South Patio. They are located on either side of the main concourse

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Another recent eBay find.


[source: eBay]


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(These two images were originally the same size. Wish I could figure out why Picasa shrunk the first one.)
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[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;5575421]I've been looking everywhere for more information regarding Billy Berg's, the first interracial nightclub in Hollywood.
It was located at 1356 Vine Street (near or at DeLongPre Avenue).


http://felixinhollywood.blogspot.com...llie%20Holiday

Mike Hammer, doing some nightclub integration of his own in Kiss Me Deadly


Kiss Me Deadly, Universal Pictures
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Perhaps they filmed that scene at Billy Berg's.

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I came across this area by total accident and I couldn't believe my eyes.
There in front of me was this wonderful little park (Terrace Park as it turns out).


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Are those mansions over there?


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Sure enough.


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These very impressive homes are located on Alvarado Terrace.
(I searched back through the thread and somehow we have overlooked this interesting area)


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below: The park doesn't even show up on my 1947 map.






below: This shows the six mansions that overlook Terrace Park. On the left is a classic apartment building....we'll get to that later.


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below: I love all the steps leading up to the various homes.


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below: I later learned that this is the Pomeroy Powers Home. Some sources say it was a restaurant in the 1990s.


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below: This is the Gilbert House.


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In disrepair.





Luckily it's been saved. They even rebuilt the chimney. Bravo to them!


http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/1974893244/




below: The apartment building on Alvarado Terrace.







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If you search Alvarado Terrace at the USCdigital archives surprisingly only one photograph comes up.

below: The Riveroll Family House in 1904 located at 1406 Alvarado Terrace.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1328320407457



below: The Riveroll House is located across the street from the apartment building. This is how it appears today.


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below: Next door to the Riverolls is the honeymoon bungalow Pomeroy Powers built for his daughter as a wedding present.


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If you would like to research this area further here is an interesting link.
http://laaggregator.wordpress.com/category/1900s/

This link gives you the names and dates of the various houses.

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minkykat,
Valahalla Memorial is of that vintage. The grounds have a very distinctive portal:

It use to be at the main entrance prior to the Victory Blvd entrance:
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The Trackless Trolley of Laurel Canyon, The Log House, Lookout Mountain

I recall seeing a few photos of Laurel Canyon's trackless trolley here before. I'd have liked to reference the previous post but couldn't find it. Anyway, here are some nice shots and an L.A. Times article that tells the story.

This neat little rail line began running in 1913 and shut down just 2 years later, when it was replaced with Stanley Steamer steam powered buses. The line ran along Laurel Canyon, between Sunset and Lookout Mountain Drive and gave access to Bungalow Land, which was developed by the entrepreneur who built the trolley.

At that time I believe that Laurel Canyon ended at Mulholland, or whatever the ridge top road was called back then. The northern side of L.C. extending to Ventura Blvd and the Valley was built in the 1940's.

This L.A. Times article at the end of this post mentions the Log House, a road house at the Lookout Mountain intersection. Tom Mix lived there and much later, Frank Zappa.



http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...view/CHS-43704






http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/P...ialbrowse=null



http://crosbyentertainment.com/own_a...od_history.htm


http://laurelcanyonassoc.com/20cHist.html


Building the trolley.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1328283489927


Lookout Mountain.


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The road to the Lookout Mountain Inn.


http://laurelcanyonassoc.com/Canyon1900.html


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../view/CHS-7337



http://laurelcanyonassoc.com/Canyon1900.html



http://hiddenlosangeles.com/what-lies-beneath-9/


Here's an L.A. Times story from 1946 with a more complete account of the Trackless Trolley.


http://search.proquest.com/hnplatime...ccountid=11124

I think the Log House was at 2401 Laurel Canyon Blvd. I don't know whether this was the same site the Tavern Inn. Does anyone know? I'll do a little more digging and try to add a "now" photo of the location.

Also, I've noticed what looks like remains of an old stone fireplace or foundation on the west side of Laurel Canyon near Lookout and plan to go back to see just what is there. Maybe this was the Log House property. Very interesting area, great history.

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Valahalla Memorial is of that vintage. The grounds have a very distinctive portal:

It use to be at the main entrance prior to the Victory Blvd entrance:
Whoa, Nelly! I have yet to check that out, didn't even know about it!
Oh, joy! Another cemetery to drag the hubby thru!
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