Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson
Actually, I believe Monkey Island was farther up the pass, near the summit at 3300 Cahuenga Blvd. In fact, legend has it the old Hanna-Barberra Studios were built on the site and with their address being 3400 it is certainly possible. If you go to the Historic Aerials website so thoughtfully provided by srk1941 in post #7508 this thread, enter 3300 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca, punch up the 1948 image (the earliest available) I think you can still see the remnants of Monkey Island as it shows three structures near the street and the island itself just behind off the street surrounded by a still substantial fence. Mostly vacant property in the immediate area but there is evidence of some heavy construction equipment being used. I think Monkey Island's days were truly numbered. If I'm right.
I think you're right. A couple of weeks ago I went exploring with a local gentleman I know from work. He is now 80, and his parents took him to Monkey Island a few times when he was about 8. He felt quite sure it was on the "island" shaped site between Mulholland and Hillpark Drive. As has been pointed out the address of 3300 doesn't square with this location, but we thought that perhaps, with all the changes to those roads over the years, the addresses were reassigned at some point.
Armed with a large print of one and only clear photo of MI (from the Hollywood Historic Photos site) we drove to several spots along Cahuenga West, trying to match the profile of the hills in that photo to what is seen today.
Unfortunately, the exercise was inconclusive. Tree growth now hides the lines of the hills, and buildings and other construction make it hard to match the perspective and sight lines of the original pic. We could only agree that MI might
have been at the South of Mulholland location, and might
have been just South of the Hanna Barbera building, where there is now a small park (with no visible remains of MI).
The more I think about it, the less likely it seems that the street numbers were changed. I'll go back and study the aerial you mention; that indeed may a good clue. I'll also re-visit the park site, and study the hills more closely. Maybe I can try to sketch the hill profile, mentally erasing the trees from it.
While it's hard to be certain without more evidence, I feel 90% sure that the site of Monkey Island is now El Paseo De Cahuenga Park, at 3300 Cahuenga Blvd. West (the same address as MI), just North of Barham. There is small plaque on the grounds; a memorial to the 9-11 fire fighters. Parts of MI may also have been on the the current H-B property.