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The Zale Map Mini  Walking Tour Of Historic Hollywood Buildings

Welcome to The Zale Map Walking Tour Of Historic Hollywood Buildings & Sites. I've revamped this site and decided to begin the tour where I actually started filming for the making of The Zale Map and to follow that route to the end. I started here at Stanley Kramer' star 
                                                               



at 6100 Hollywood at Gower, filming every star on the Walk Of Fame and ended up back here but across the street at 6101 Hollywood at Gower. That said, let's take the tour... enjoy!
                                                                

The first building we come to is The Fonda Theatre at 6126 Hollywood Blvd. near Gower (g-40) on The Zale Map.


January 15, 2013 - Photo by Danny Zale

Opened as the Carter DeHaven Music Box Theatre on 20th October 1926, this theatre went through several owners and corresponding name changes. It became a radio studio theatre in 1936, then returned to legitimate theatre use as the Music Box Theatre in the early-1940’s.

Before being renamed as the Henry Fonda Theatre, it went over to screening movies and was re-named the Fox Theatre (not to be confused with the Fox Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, which was the old Iris Theatre) and then the Pix Theatre.

When the theatre was still known as the Pix Theatre, it had a really nice neon marquee. The Pix Theatre was the movie house that premiered “Jaws” on Hollywood Boulevard in 1975. A year later they showed “Rocky”. Not a very large theatre but it showed many blockbuster’s in the 1970’s before becoming a live venue named the Heny Fonda Theatre.

In recent years it has come under new management (leased from the Nederlander Organization ) and presents concerts, live performances and special events and was known as the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre. In 2007, a restoration was begun to bring it back to its 1926 appearance, and it was renamed The Music Box / Fonda. Today it is The Fonda Theatre.

Source on the web

Heading west we pass by the W Hotel Hollywood on the left just past Argyle and soon come to the most famous intersection in the world. We are now at the corner of Hollywood at Vine. Turing left onto Vine we are now at

The Taft Building at 1680 Vine at Hollywood Blvd. (g-35) on The Zale Map


(Walker & Eisen, architects; 1923)


Photo taken December 15, 2011

This building was designed in the Renaissance Revival style for the Taft family, which came to Hollywood in the 1890s as ranchers. It was the first building on the Boulevard built to the maximum 150 foot height limit
.

Right next door we come to what's left of

The Brown Derby 1620-28 N. Vine St. (g-35) 

(Architect Carl Jules Weyl - 1928)

Briefly

This Spanish Colonial Revival style structure, designed for Cecil B DeMille, was the second branch of the famous restaurant. The first Brown Derby, constructed in the shape of a hat, was located on Wilshire Boulevard. The majority of the Vine Street Brown Derby was demolished in 1994 (the picture above is all that is left of the landmark) and is now surrounded by the W Hollywood Hotel, a huge building that houses business' and residential living.

Heading south and, passing Selma we come to Vine at Sunset Blvd. and we are at

The Chase bank of Hollywood

(To See an old photo of NBC click HERE)

 

 

 

 

  

and the former site of Paramount and NBC at 1500 N. Vine (m-35) on The Zale Map

Paramount and NBC

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) originally used the phrase Radio City to describe their studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.  When NBC opened their new Hollywood studios at Sunset and Vine in 1938, they placed the words  Radio City prominently on the front of their new building. However, the area between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard on Vine Street became known as Radio City for tourists and locals alike who visited the many radio studios and radio themed cocktail lounges and businesses in the area. For a generation in the 1940′s and 1950′s, Hollywood was Radio City.

Crossing the street at Vine and Sunset heading west at the corner on Vine we come to the former site of


Wallich's Music City
1509 N. Vine at Sunset Blvd. (m-33) on The Zale Map

To see an old photo of Wallich's click HERE


 
Wallichs Music City was a famous record store in Los Angeles, USA. It was located on the corner of Sunset & Vine and operated from 1940 to 1978. Owner Glenn E. Wallichs had started Capitol Records, along with Tin Pan Alley songsmith Johnny Mercer and ex-Paramount movie producer Buddy De Sylva from a small office above the store in 1942.
In an era when most recorded music was sold through Mom & Pop general stores across the USA, Wallichs Music City became the premier record store in Southern California and the world's largest specialist record store. As the market for recorded music evolved during the 1950s and 1960s, it was a place to go for tickets, sheet music, vinyl (initially 78s, then LP's & 45's) and tapes (8 track and cassette). They also sold TVs and musical instruments. It was one of the first-known music stores to seal record albums in cellophane and put them in display racks for customers to browse. The racks were tabletop height trapezoid-shaped trays that allowed the covers they contained to be viewed like a card index without damaging the sleeves. The store was also the first to have demonstration booths for listening to records. The store became a well-known hub of the LA music scene. Music fans flocked there to meet artists like Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole to have them sign sheet music of their latest hits. Frank Zappa worked part-time there in 1965.





Heading north on Vine we come to what was once


The West Coast home to the former site of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) - 1533-41 N. Vine St. (L-33) on The Zale Map.

 

The sleek Streamline Moderne building is from 1937. It has a long history. In the 1940s, it became the West Coast home of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), originally for radio, and later for television. In the 1970s, it was the TAV Celebrity Theater, home of The Merv Griffin Show. It was the setting of radio star Tom Breneman's "Breakfast Club," as well as a neighborhood bowling alley and Schwab's Restarunt. A fire in the 1990s put the building out of commission. Now all that’s left from the original Schwabs is its restored facade restaurant.










Heading north just past Selma we come to the


Vine Street Theatre / The Montalban Theatre 1615-29 Vine (i-33) on The Zale Map

(Architect Myron Hunt - 1927) - Photo by Danny Zale 12/17/2011

Originally the Wilkes Vine Street Theater, the building was used as movie theater and a television and radio facility between 1931 and 1954. Finally it was known as the Doolittle Theatre and continued its historic use as a legitimate theater for years until bought in 2000 by the U.C.L.A. performing arts group “Nosotros”, an organization founded in 1970 by actor Ricardo Montalban (he has 1 star and it is in the Television category and is (e-4) 7071 Hollywood on The Map) “to help fulfill the goals of persons of Spanish-speaking origin in the motion picture and television industry”. 

   






Just next door to the north is the former location of

Mike Lyman's Restaurant & Parking lots 1623 N. Vine St. (h-33) on The Zale Map

Heading north we come to

The Hollywood Plaza 1633-37 N. Vine St. (h-33) on The Zale Map

(Architects Walker & Eisen - 1924)

Briefly

This was one of the four major hotels built in Hollywood in the 1920's and once housed one of the most glamorous nightspots, Silent screen legend Clara Bow's "It" Cafe. 











Heading north we come to the corner of Vine at Hollywood Blvd. and the


B.H. DYAS Building (BROADWAY DEPARTMENT STORE & SIGN
6300 Hollywood Blvd. at Vine (g-33 on The Zale Map)
(Architect Fred R. Dorn - 1927)

Photo taken December 15, 2011

Briefly

The first major department store on the Boulevard, this Renaissance Revival style structure with its lavish interiors was a very popular destination. Children could play in an activity room on the top floor while their parents shopped.


Turning left and heading west on Hollywood Blvd we soon come to


LEEDS BUILDING / Now Cinespace - Cinema, Club - Live Music & Restaurant Venue

6352 - 56 Hollywood Blvd. (g-31) on The Zale Map

(Architect S. Charles Lee -1935)

Photo taken 1/30/2012

S. Charles Lee, Noted theater architect, designed this International style structure for a show store.














Right next door to the west is the

PALMER BUILDING / Now IO West Improv Theatre 6362 Hollywood Blvd. (g-31) on The Zale Map of Hollywood


(Architect Edward T. Flaherty - 1927)

Photo taken 01/02/2012 - Photo by Danny Zale 

From March 25, 2012 Historic Hollywood Buildings

Dr Harlan Palmer financed the Palmer Building on Hollywood Blvd. at Cosmos. After moving a printing press into the basement he began publishing the Hollywood Citizen on a daily basis.


Heading west we come to the corner of Hollywood at Cahuenga and the


OWL DRUG / JULIAN MEDICAL / Medical and commercial business 6380 - 84 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Cahuenga Blvd. (g-30) on The Zale Map

(Architects Morgan, Walls, and Clement - 1934)


Photo taken 1/12/2012 - Photo by Danny Zale

One of the finest examples of Art Deco - Streamline Moderne architecture in the historic Hollywood district. The ground floor was originally a drug store, with medical offices above.










Crossing the street heading west we come to the corner and we're at the


JP CREQUE BUILDING / Greco's New York Pizzeria / Residential living and commercial business' 6400-08 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Cahuenga Blvd. (g-28) on The Zale Map 

(Architect B. B. Homer - 1931)

Photo taken 1/12/2012 - Photo by Danny Zale

In 1888, Horace Sackett built a general store and hotel on this site, a three-story wooden Victorian structure that was the center of the small commercial district. In 1912 it was replaced with a two-story structure, which was enlarged and remodeled in 1931 to the four-story Art Deco brick-and-tile structure of today.











Right next door heading west we come to



The former site of the F.W. Woolworth & Hollywood Hardware Store at 6410 Hollywood Blvd. (g-28) on The Zale Map.

6410 Hollywood Blvd. L.A. CA 90028




Heading west we come to the corner of Hollywood at Wilcox and the


Attie Building / Playmates 

6436 Hollywood Blvd. (g-27) on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Zale Map 

Architect unknown - 1931

 

Photo taken 1/30/2012 by Danny Zale

One of the smallest retail buildings on the Boulevard, this structure is a unique example of Art Deco design and is finely detailed with tile and the floral patterns which are hallmarks of the style
.











Heading west we come to the corner of Hollywood at Schrader and the



CONSUMER DRUGS at 6542 Hollywood Blvd. at Schrader (g-23) on The Zale Map

Consumer Drugs (323) 461-3606

(Architect William Fleming - 1928 & Architect  Homer Rice - renovation 1938)

Photo taken 1/30/2012 

This 1928 corner retail and drug store is a good example of Streamline Modern styling.







Just next door to the west is the



Spanish Colonial Revival Building / Gift shop & commercial business' at  6554-60 Hollywood Blvd. (g-22) on The Zale Map Architects Gogerty and Weyl - 1927

Photo taken 1/30/2012 by Danny Zale


The firm of H. L. Gogerty and Carl Jules Weyl designed the majority of Hollywood Boulevard's flamboyant Spanish Colonial Revival commercial buildings. The fanciful combination of floral motifs and scrollwork known as Churrigueresque ornamentation is still very evident around the second story arched openings.






Next door to the west we have the

J. J. NEWBERRY / HOLLYWOOD TOYS & COSTUMES at 6600-04 Hollywood Blvd. at Whitley (g-20) on The Zale Map

Hollywood Toys (323) 464-4444 

Architect Newberry Company - 1928

J.J. Newberry's was an American Five-and-Dime store chain in the 20th century originally founded in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The architects of the Hollywood J.J. Newberry's, now Hollywood Toys and Costumes, created this colorful example of Art Deco at its best. The "Zig Zag" patterns of chevrons and squares in colorful aqua and gold highlight the over-sized industrial windows of the upper stories.




And just next door to this we come to the

S. H. KRESS DEPARTMENT STORE / And Former FREDERICK'S OF HOLLYWOOD at 6606-12 Hollywood Blvd. (g-20) on The Zale Map

Architect Edward F. Sibbert - 1935

Photo taken 12/17/2011 

Designed and built as a part of the S. H. Kress retail chain. Beginning in 1949 this Art Deco structure housed the world headquarters of the internationally known Frederick's Of Hollywood lingerie chain for 59 years. In July 2008 The Kress Hollywood Night Club and Kress Restaurant opened for a few short years, closing in July 2011.


Next door and stretching to the south corner of Hollywood at Cherokee we come upon

The Cherokee merchant Building at 6630-46 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Cherokee Ave (g-17) on The Zale Map

Photo by Danny Zale

This structure is another fine example of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style building on Hollywood Boulevard. Norman W. Alpaugh was a Canadian Architect who moved to Los Angeles; he also designed buildings in New York.  The delicacy of the grillwork and Moorish detail give this building a warmth and attractiveness that is unsurpassed.  The enclosed interior courtyard with tiled fountain captures the romantic feeling of Spain, and is unusual for commercial buildings in Hollywood.  Designed around a parking lot, with an elaborate rear entrance, this structure is one of the earliest structures in Hollywood (and possibly Los Angles) to be oriented around the automobile, predating Bullock’s Wilshire similar treatment.    Source



Crossing the street we come to the


SHANE BUILDING / Now Bettie Page Clothing and World Of Wonder Productions at 6650-54 Hollywood Blvd. at Cherokee (g-17) on The Zale Map

Bettie Page Clothing (323) 461-4014 & World Of Wonder Productions (323) 603-6300

 

(Architects S. Norton and F. Wallis - 1930)

Take a short detour down the side street to see the Art Deco lobby of this four-story office building. One of the Boulevard's most popular styles, Art Deco was considered the most sophisticated statement of the 1920's and '30's and was widely used in design from signage to clothes to architecture.




Heading west past Las Palmas we come to the world famous


EGYPTIAN THEATER at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. (g-15) on The Zale Map (323) 466-3456

(Architects Meyer & Holler -1921)

In the 1920s, America's fascination with the discovery of King Tut's tomb resulted in this Egyptian-style building. The Hollywood "Premiere" originated here at the Egyptian when Sid Grauman began the tradition of spotlights crisscrossing the evening sky, rolling out the red carpet and celebrities arriving in limousines to celebrate film openings. The very first movie to premiere here was in 1922 and the movie was Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr. * His star is in the Motion Picture category and it is (g-5) and Sid Grauman's star, also in the Motion Picture category, is (e-30) on The Zale Map). 

Read more at:  sites.google.com/site/hollywoodtheatres/egyptian



Just next door to the west is the


PIG 'N WHISTLE  at 6714 Hollywood Blvd (g-15) on The Zale Map
(323) 463-0000
(Architects Morgan Walls, and Clement - 1927)

Photo taken January 12,2012

Built in an era before candy counters in movie theaters became standard, the Pig 'N Whistle restaurant and soda fountain served theater patrons and Boulevard shoppers alike. The detailing on the front marquee includes a dancing, flute-playing pig -- the trademark of the establishment.


Crossing west at McCadden we come upon the



CHRISTIE HOTEL
6724 Hollywood Blvd. at McCadden (g-14) on The Zale Map

(Architect Arthur R. Kelly - 1922)


Photo taken January 12, 2012

Haldane H. Christie was a pioneering auto parts manufacturer who started out producing axles and springs. In 1914, he sold his Michigan-based car top company to Henry Ford and moved to Los Angeles.

Here, he quickly became a real estate developer specializing in property along Hollywood Boulevard and in the Hollywood Hills.

In 1920, he commissioned construction of Hollywood's first "modern" luxury hotel at the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and McCadden Place.

The eight-story Georgian Revival building with steeply pitched gable roofs was considered Hollywood's first skyscraper when it opened in 1922. Architect Arthur R. Kelly, best known at the time for his residential designs, created three brick towers connected to ground-level shops.

The Christie Hotel boasted amenities that included steam heat and individual bathrooms for each of its 100 guest rooms — a first for Hollywood. It quickly became popular with those in town to work in the area's fast-growing film industry as well as with locals.

Haldane Christie continued his ownership of the hotel and his realty work until his death in 1941 at age 71. In 1945, the place was renamed the Drake Hotel and later became the Hollywood Inn. These days, the structure is owned by the Church of Scientology.


The Christie Hotel Site Marker #38 

From April 14, 2012



Heading west past the Musicians Institute we come to the


IDLE HOUR THEATER - HOLLYWOOD THEATER / Now GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM 6764 - 66 Hollywood Blvd. (g-13 on The Zale Map

Guinness World Of Records Museum (323) 463-6433 

(Architect Claude Balch - 1913/1931)

 

The oldest theater in Hollywood began as the Idle Hour Theater in 1913. It was remodeled to its Art Deco appearance in the 1930s and now houses the Guinness Book of Records Museum.



Just next door is the former site of

BANK OF AMERICA / Now RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

6780 Hollywood Blvd. at Highland (g-13 on The Zale Map)

(323) 466-6335 

(Architects Morgan, Walls & Clement - remodeled 1935) 

This classically-detailed building was originally a four-story apartment building. The classical facade was added in the 1920s. In 1935, the top three stories were removed to create the building as it is today.


Crossing west at Hollywood and Highland we come to


Former site of  Rexall Drug Store - Now Souvenirs Of Hollywood at 6800 Hollywood Blvd. at Highland (G-11) on The Zale Map -

Photo by Danny Zale 1-12-2012

 March 25, 2012 Historic Hollywood Buildings

Heading west we come to the world famous


EL CAPITAN THEATER  &  THE DISNEY STORE HOLLYWOOD at 6834-38 Hollywood Blvd. (g-10) on The Zale Map


(818) 845-3110

(El Capitan)
(323) 817-1475 The Disney Store

( Architects Morgan, Walls & Clement - 1925)



The most lavish of the four Hollywood Boulevard legitimate theaters, the interior was designed by G. Albert Landsburgh in an "East India" motif, while the exterior was Spanish Colonial Revival. The theater was restored in 1990 as a joint project of Buena Vista Pictures, a division of the Disney Company, and Pacific Theaters.



Just next door heading west is
the


6840 Hollywood Blvd
.
(g-9 on The Zale Map)
(818) 460-7477

(Architect John C. Austin - 1921)



The Masonic Temple, a Neoclassical design, was the work of architect John C. Austin, who also designed the Griffith Park Observatory and the
Los Angeles City Hall.



Down the way a bit to the west on Hollywood at Orange is the world famous


HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL at 7000 Hollywood Blvd at Orange
(g-6) on The Zale Map)

(323) 466-7000


(Architects Fisher, Lake & Traver -1926)



Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel was built to give Hollywood prestigious accommodations for visitors. The first Academy Awards ceremony took place here in 1927. The hotel has gone through many changes throughout its history, with a major restoration in 1986. Artist David Hockney designed the kinetic images on the bottom of the swimming pool.


Photo taken Fall 2011

 




Right next door to the west is the


Arthur Murray Building / Re-named The Johnny Grant Building and current residence for the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce at 7024 Hollywood Blvd. (g-5) on The Zale Map.

Media Contact: Ana Martinez
Producer, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Main: (323) 469-8311
Press line:  (323) 468-1376
stargirl@hollywoodchamber.net



Down the road a bit west you come to the corner of Hollywood at Sycamore and the


Hollywood Professional Building 7046 Hollywood Blvd at Sycamore (g-4) on The Hollywood Zale Map (323) 463-7046

Photo taken 1/12/2012 by Danny Zale

Built in 1925, the Hollywood Professional Building was originally a 5-story office building. Some decades later, an additional three floors were added to the building, making it one of the taller buildings on historic Hollywood Blvd. The building housed Ronald Reagan’s offices when he was the president of the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Source - Read more
Current YouTube video of the Professional Building.


Heading west we come to Hollywood & La Brea and The Hollywood and La Brea Gateway (Also known as Gateway to Hollywood - Four Ladies Statue) located on Traffic Island at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea (G-1) on The Zale Map - Home to the *Beatles star, the relocated star of Elvis Presley (originally located at 6777 Hollywood Blvd. near Highland), the fallen L.A.P.D. Hollywood Officers star and the Hollywood Walk Of Fame star on The Zale Map.

*NOTE* The stars for individual Beatles John, George, Ringo and Paul are all located near eachother at 1750 N. Vine St. in front of Capital Records (b-35) on The Zale Map. All photo's by Danny Zale



Crossing north on La Brea to Hollywood we then start heading back east on Hollywood Blvd. and we soon come upon the


Photo by Danny Zale

Home Office and one of eight historic buildings now owned by Scientology The Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It states that it is "dedicated to creating a better future for children and communities. It promotes secular uses of L. Ron Hubbard's works, and has been classified as a "Scientology-related entity". Founded in 1988, their main office is located at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard, the former headquarters for the Screen Actors Guild Source


Heading east and just next door is
Author Services., Inc. at 7051 Hollywood Blvd. at Sycamore  (e-3) on The Zale Map
(323) 466-3310
Photo by Danny Zale


Across the street to the north is the
former site of the Garden Court Apartments - 7021 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Sycamore Ave. at (e-4) on The Zale Map.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2711090944_9bf315ff7f.jpg?v=0

On this site, from
1919 to 1985, stood the Garden Court Apartments. The magnificent Italian Renaissance structure boasted Oriental carpets and baby grand pianos in every suite. This beautiful building also boasted two lavish ballrooms, billiards room, tennis courts, and pool. Hollywood personalities who lived here, included: Louis B. Mayer (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Mack Sennet (creator of the Keystone Cops), Lillian Gish, Rudolph Valentino, John Barrymore and Mae Murrray.

Below is a 1980's picture of the neo-baroque but dilapidated Garden Court Apartments It was razed in 1984 after being closed since 1980. In the end, the rubble-strewn haven for drifters and runaways was known as "Hotel Hell."


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Heading east we pass the world famous Shelly Cafe and cross Orange, passing Madame Tussauds Hollywood we soon come upon the world famous



GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATER at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. (e-7) on The Zale Map

(323) 461-3331


(Architects Meyer & Holler - 1927)



The most famous and sought out landmark in Hollywood the internationally known Chinese Theater is an excellent example of flamboyant movie palace designs of the 1920s. It was said to have been modeled on a Chinese Opera House and the interior was designed in a unique Chinese Chippendale style.


Photo taken Fall 2011

 

Heading east on the north side of Hollywood and just next door to the famous Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe  is the former site of the

The Hollywood Hotel / Then a huge, non-discript building, then the Kodak Theatre, now the Dolby Theater & the Hollywood & Highland Visitor Center  at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Ste. (e-9 through 11) on The Hollywood Zale Map

(323) 308-6300

(Architects the Rockwell Group - 2001)


Photo taken 6/18/2012 by Danny Zale

Located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. just west of Highland, this beautiful theater seats 3,332 people, It opened in November 2001 as the Kodak Theatre. As of June 18, 2012 it is now the Dolby Theatre and is now known as the first permanent home of the glamorous annual Oscars / Academy Awards.





Old photo of Hollywood Hotel and and some brief history:
 
Built in 1903 as part of one of Hollywood's first developments, it was purchased in 1907 by Myra Hershey, a member of the Pennsylvania chocolate family. The Mission Revival style Hollywood Hotel was the first major hotel in the area and served as the residence of many of the film community's stars. The hotel was torn down in 1956 and is now home to the Hollywood & Highland Visitor Center which also connects to the previous Kodak, now Dolby Theater. For further reading about the Hollywood Hotel click HERE.

Heading east we reach the corner of Hollywood at Highland. Crossing the street heading east on Hollywood Blvd. we reach the

HOLLYWOOD FIRST NATIONAL BANK / Currently vacant (As of 12/17/2011)

6777 Hollywood Blvd. at Highland (e-13 on The Zale Map) 

(Architects Meyer & Holler - 1927) 

A combination of Gothic and Art Deco was created by the same architects who designed the Chinese Theater. This structure was briefly the tallest in the city until the Los Angeles City Hall was built in 1932.


As we walk from here heading east and 16 stars down we come upon the only black star on the entire Walk Of Fame. This was the original location of Elvis Presley' star.  A few stars east and we come to the



Hollywood Wax Museum / Christie Realty Building / Snow White Cafe

6765-73 Hollywood Blvd. (e-13) on the Zale Map

Hollywood Wax Museum (323) 462-5991

This Spanish Colonial Revival building was designed by architect Carl Jules Weyl and built in 1928. Weyl was also the set designer for Casablanca and Yankee Doodle Dandy. The 2nd floor once housed the Embassy Club, a private club that was opened by Eddie Brandstatter. The club catered to film stars who wished to avoid the crowds next door at the Monmartre. The Snow White Café, which opened in 1946, has an original mural painted by Disney animators above the inside entrance.

Just next door to the right (heading east) is the


MONTMARTRE CAFE 6757 Hollywood Blvd.  (e-14 on The Zale Map)

(Architects Meyer & Holler - 1922)


The cafe and nightclub on the second floor of a financial institution sparked the nightlife of the Hollywood community in the early 1920s. The restaurant was frequented by fans and stars alike.


Heading east just past Las Palmas we come to the


DAVIS BUILDING / Various shops 6679-89 Hollywood Blvd. (e-16) on The Zale Map

(Architect F. L. Paulson - 1914)

 

This brink commercial block is one of the oldest in the historic Hollywood district. It was built prior to World War I, just four years after Hollywood became part of the City of Los Angeles.


A short stroll east and we come upon the world famous

MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL / Is still the same 6663-67 Hollywood Blvd. (e-17) on The Zale Map (323) 467-7788

 

The oldest continuing restaurant in Hollywood, Musso and Frank was the dining spot of choice for screenwriters and novelists of Hollywood's "Golden Age". The original restaurant was just east of the current establishment, which has been in this location since 1937.


Heading east to the corner of Whitley we come to the

BAINE BUILDING - The Merchant's National Trust and Savings / Now Station Food Market & Check Cashing / business' and residential 6601-09 Hollywood Blvd. at Whitley (e-20) on The Zale Map                                      

Architects Gogerty and Weyl - 1925-1926

It was Colonel Harry Baine, a Texas entrepreneur who served as Los Angeles County supervisor for a year, who commissioned this, the most elegant Spanish Colonial Revival Building in the district. The building has all the hallmarks of the Spanish Colonial Revival: delicate wrought iron balconies, Churrigueresque ornament, stylish tower and detailed window design. Colonel Baine lived on the top floor and gained fame by bragging that he was the first person on Hollywood Blvd. to live in a penthouse.


Heading east at Schrader and before Hudson we come to 


JANES HOUSE 6541 Hollywood Blvd. (e-24) on The Zale Map Architects Dennis and Farwell - 1903

Photo taken December 1/30/2012 by Danny Zale

Hollywood Boulevard's last remaining residential structure, the Janes house was built at the turn of the century for Herman and Mary Janes and their daughters. From 1911 until 1926, Misses Carrie, Mabel and Grace operated the Janes School for the children of film industry figures such as Douglas Fairbanks and Cecil B. DeMille. The restored house was moved further back on its site to allow commercial courtyard development.

 

 

Just next door at Hudson we find the

HILLVIEW APARTMENTS / Now The Hudson Apartments 6533 Hollywood Blvd. at Hudson (e-24) on The Zale Map Tifal Brothers, architects; 1917

Photo taken 1/30/2012 

Jesse L. Lasky, a founder of Famous Players - Lasky, one of Hollywood's earliest studios and the forerunner of Paramount Studios, was a financial backer of this Mediterranean style apartment building to ensure that his actors had a place to live close to the studios. Damage from the Northridge Earthquake and construction of the subway tunnel forced the temporary closure of the building.  

 




Crossing Hudson and then Wilcox we come to the world famous

Warner Brothers Hollywood Theater Building / WARNER - PACIFIC THEATER - Now Ecclesia Church In Hollywood & various shops 6433 Hollywood Blvd. at Wilcox Ave (e-27) on The Zale Map

Ecclesia Church (323) 464-8455 Architect G. Albert Landsburgh - 1926-27

Photo taken 1/12/2012 by Danny Zale

One of four grand movie palaces on the Boulevard, the Warner was built as the flagship of the Warner Brothers Studio Theaters. The beautiful, extravagant designs were intended to lure the film patron away from the reality of the street at the earliest possible moment.

 



Heading east to the corner of Hollywood at Cahuenga we come to the former site of the

PAUL DeLONGPRE RESIDENCE / Now Community Check Cashing 6401 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Cahuenga Blvd. (e-28) on The Zale Map

Architect DeLongpre - 1901

Hollywood's first tourist attraction had nothing to do with the movies. On this site, French landscape painter Paul DeLongpre created an elaborate Moorish residence, studio and palatial gardens which drew hundreds of tourists each year on "Balloon Route Excursions" from Los Angeles. The structure was demolished sometime in the late 1920s.

For an old post card photo click HERE


Crossing the street heading east we come to the



SECURITY TRUST AND SAVINGS 6381-85 Hollywood Blvd at N. Cahuenga Blvd (e-30) on
The Zale Map

(Architects John and Donald Parkinson
[ father and son team ] - 1921)

Photo taken 1/12/2012

The architects of the Memorial Coliseum and Union Station designed this beautiful Italian Renaissance Revival structure with its Romanesque arched windows. It has been used as a bank and office building.





Heading east to the corner of Hollywood at Ivar we discover 

The Hollywood Guaranty Building Annex at 6349 Hollywood Blvd at Ivar (e-31) on The Zale Map

(Architects Walker & Eisen - 1939)

Photo taken December 15, 2011 

Another Streamline Moderne structure, this building has round windows and some of the elements of an ocean liner.



It is from this facility at 6349 Hollywood Blvd. that Bob Wright, the Church Of Scientology's international construction supervisor, and Laurence Guenat, international senior designer, direct a staff of about 40 that designs, plans and oversees projects around the world.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Heading north on Ivar and across the street is


The Knickerbocker Hotel (Architect E.M. Fraiser 1923) is located at 1714 N. Ivar Ave. (d-32) on The Zale Map (just north of Hollywood Blvd and next to the Guaranty Building). In the 1920's it was at the heart of Hollywood and played a key role in Tinseltown's history for many decades. The Renaissance Revival/Beaux Arts style structure began life as a luxury apartment building, before becoming a hotel later in its history.

Photo by Danny Zale 10/08/2012

Rudolph Valentino hung out at the hotel bar, and reportedly liked to tango dance here and Elvis Presley even graced this historic building, staying in suite 1016.

Heading south back to Hollywood at Ivar we have the

GUARANTY BUILDING / Now L. Ron Hubbard Scientology library at 6331 Hollywood Blvd. at Ivar Ave. (e-32) on The Zale Map

(Architects John C. Austin & Frederick M. Ashley - 1923)

Photo taken December 15, 2011 

This Beaux Arts office building was another of Hollywood's bank and office towers. It is faced with brick and has a detailed lobby entrance. Noted columnist Hedda Hopper hung her hat here.

Heading east we soon come to the

Former site of the Brass Rail Restaurant / Henry's Cafe and SARDI'S (Demolished - See demolition note at bottom) / Now Deja vu Show Girls

6313 Hollywood Blvd. (e-33) on The Zale Map

(Architect Rudolph Schindler - 1923)

Photo taken 12/15/2011

Henry's Cafe opened in the 1920s at 6315 Hollywood Boulevard, near Vine St and run by a Charlie Chaplin stock player called Henry Bergman. In 1932 it changed hands, Eddie Brantstatter took it over and reopened it as Sardi’s, but before that, it was the Brass Rail Restaurant. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sardi's seated 200 diners when it opened for lunch 02/09/1933 in what was known as the Gore Building. Warren MacArthur designed the tubular aluminum furniture used on the interior. A newspaper article in the LA Times (08/24/1932, p. A5) noted that the formerly two-floor interior would be reduced to only one, this having a height of 17 feet. "The establishment when completed will be the largest and most up-to-date place of its kind in the West." Sardi's operated 24 hours a day when it first opened.
*Demolition Note*
: Demolished by kitchen fire on 11/01/1936. Eight were injured in the $100,000 blaze, all kitchen staff and firefighters, which was called the "worst in Hollywood in four years." When Sardi's burned, newspaper accounts listed Eddie Brandstatter and David Covey as proprietors. Source


Right next door at the corner of Hollywood at Vine is the


Former site of the LAEMMLE BUILDING / (Lost to fire) Now a parking lot and visitor tour's location 6301 Hollywood Blvd. (e-33 on) The Zale Map

(Architect Richard Neutra - 1932)

Photo taken December 15, 2011

The northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine used to be home to the Melody Lane Cafe - Howard Johnson's - Hody's Coffee shop. Architect Richard Neutra designed the building in the International style for Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Studios.


Heading north on Vine we come to


The Redbury  1717 Vine - (d-33) on The Zale Map (323) 962-1717


 
Briefly

A post office occupied a portion of the ground floor
at 1717 N. Vine St.
and Woodbury College occupied the second floor.

Source



Heading north and right next door is


The Avalon Hollywood Theater 
1735 N. Vine - (c-33) on the Zale Map
(323) 462-8900


Some history



Avalon (or Avalon Hollywood) is a historic night club and music venue in Hollywood, California, located near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, at 1735 N. Vine Street. It has previously been known as the Hollywood Playhouse, The WPA Federal Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, The Jerry Lewis Theatre, The Hollywood Palace and The Palace. It has a capacity of 2,000.

Originally known as The Hollywood Playhouse, 1735 Vine St. opened for the first time on January 24, 1927. It was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by the architectural firm of Gogarty and Weyl.

During the Great Depression, the theatre was renamed The WPA Federal Theatre (after the Works Progress Administration), and used for government-sponsored programs.

Later, the theatre hosted numerous CBS Radio Network programs, including Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks show and Lucille Ball's My Favorite Husband program.

In the 1940s, 1735 Vine was renamed The El Capitan Theatre, and was used for a long-running live burlesque variety show called Ken Murray's Blackouts. This should not be confused with the nearby movie theatre of the same name and age the ( El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard (G-10) on The Zale Map) which at the time was known as the Paramount Theatre.

In the 1950s, still under the name of El Capitan, the theatre became a television studio, and it was from a set on its stage that Richard Nixon delivered his famous "Checkers speech" on September 23, 1952. This event is often mistakenly said (especially on the Internet) to have taken place at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, though that theater was never a television studio, and in 1952 was operating as a movie house called the Paramount Theatre.

The theater was also home to The Colgate Comedy Hour, the Lawrence Welk Show, and This is Your Life.
[edit] The Jerry Lewis Theatre

In 1963, ABC television used 1735 Vine for Jerry Lewis' weekly television program, and appropriate renamed the theater The Jerry Lewis Theatre.


Source - Read more




We now head north to the corner of Vine at Yucca. Crossing east on Yucca to Vine and south on Vine we come to




Capital Records   1750 N. Vine at Yucca - (b-35) on the Zale Map. (323) 871-5001

Photo by Danny Zale


 
Some history

Capitol Records is a major United States–based record label, formerly located in Los Angeles, but as of 2011 operating in New York City as part of Capitol Music Group. Its former headquarters building, the Capitol Tower, is a major landmark near the corner of Hollywood at Yucca. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of EMI.

The Capitol Records Company was founded by songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of fellow songwriter and film producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs (1910–1971), owner of Wallichs Music City, at the time the biggest record store in Los Angeles.

Johnny Mercer first suggested the idea of starting a record company while he was golfing with Harold Arlen and Bobby Sherwood. He told them, "I’ve got this idea of starting a record company. I get so tired of listening to the way everyone treats music. I keep feeling they’re selling out. And I don’t like the way artists are treated either. Bing Crosby isn’t the only one who can make records. I don’t know, I think it would be fun." By 1941, Mercer was not only an experienced songwriter, but a singer with a number of records to his name. Mercer next suggested starting a record company to his friend Glenn Wallichs while Mercer was visiting Wallichs' record store. Wallichs responded, "Fine, you run the record company and find the artists,' and Mercer added, "and you run the business."

On February 2, 1942, they met with Buddy DeSylva at a Hollywood restaurant to ask if Paramount Pictures would invest in the new record company. On the Paramount deal DeSylva said no, but that he himself would, and he gave them a check for $15,000. On March 27 the three men got a statement notarized that they have applied to incorporate "Liberty Records" (later the name of a label which Capitol eventually acquired). In May they amended the application to change the name to Capitol Records.


Source - Read more




Heading south on Vine we come back to Hollywood Blvd. and make a left. We are now at the world famous

Hollywood Equitable Building - Business's & Dillon's Irish Pub at 6253-63 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Vine (e-35) on The Zale Map

(Architect Aleck Curlett - 1929)


Photo taken 12/15/2011 by Danny Zale
This commercial tower at the northeast corner of Hollywood and Vine was designed in Gothic Deco style, very popular with financial institutions of the day.


Heading east on Hollywood Blvd. we soon come upon the


PANTAGES THEATRE at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. at Argyle Ave. (e-35 on The Zale Map)

(Architect B. Marcus Priteca - 1930)

 

 Photo taken 12/15/2011

Just east of Hollywood & Vine is the Pantages Theatre, the first American movie palace built entirely in the Art Deco style. This highly ornate showplace was the site of the Academy Award ceremonies from 1949 to 1959.



Heading east we cross Argyle and pass by the current construction of BLVD6200 and continue on to the corner of Hollywood at Gower and our last stop on the tour. If you look to the left, north on Argyle, you can snap a beautiful photo of the Hollywood Sign. Also, if you look down, you will be standing on the star of jazz great Benny Goodman, the last star on The Zale Map. To see who got the last star slick HERE.

                                Well, I hope you enjoyed my tour and had as much fun taking it as I had making it.

                                                                                    Danny Zale

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