"Sometimes I Dream I Go To Hollywood Again."
-Adela Rogers St. Johns
We Had Faces!
A welcoming bunch of mugs, ain't they? Most of these have gone unnoticed for decades, mainly because they are very hard to see from the street. I've tried to see them, and never got a good look until I got a digital camera. What is interesting to me, is that almost all buildings featuring faces in sculpture or relief, are festooned with blood sucking demons, serpents, and humans in agony, with Ram Horned Baphomet lording over the front door. The Chinese, El Capitan, Egyptian, and Warner Theatres ALL have Baphomet and a Serpent over the entrance...but the Evilest of all, the Damien of Hollywood Theatres is the Hollywood Palace. It gives me the willies in the first place because I passed every day for 9 years before I noticed ANY faces in the plaster. Then one day it suddenly came alive like that thing in Pacino's Penthouse in "Devil's Advocate" It's the "Where's Waldo" of Occult Architecture. While I hardly believe Sid Grauman was attending Black Mass between poker with Zukor, and driving home to the hotel room he shared with his mommy, I certainly do know that it would have to be an impossible coincidence to have all the Boulevard theatres have the exact same symbols and themes hidden in them, randomly, for no reason. Someone along the way, followed Mephistopheles' column. I'm guessing Architect G. Albert Lansburgh might have something to do with it. He was from San Francisco and (...home to The Bohemian Club, The Church Of Satan, and all SORTS of Occult Fun...) and swirling in society circles at a time when Hell was Hot Hot Hot....He would have had the power to put these elements in his buildings, and also the influence on architects from other firms to do the same. I can imagine his office similar to the last scene of Rosemary's Baby. I mean look at that mustache? How could this guy possibly be wholesome with the corners so twisted and waxed? A topic I shall pursue at a later date...Until then, enjoy the pictures I took, and look UP at the buildings you pass instead of DOWN at the sidewalk...I promise you will find something more interesting than a hunk of pink terrazo that someone bought for themselves like a vanity plate from the DMV...)
At Least He Died Of Natural Causes And Wasn't Torched By Developers...
(Video) "Going Hollywood"
...but Bing, won't you miss Spokane? (I know the answer)
A Picture Of The Biggest HO I Ever Stood Bent Over Behind, Groaning, Sweating, And Panting.
(Video) The Three Rhythm Boys At The Cocoanut Grove
"Happy Feet" In Technicolor
(Video) "Starlit Days At The Lido"
Starring Ukulele Ike
(Video) "Star Night At The Cocoanut Grove"
An MGM Technicolor Short Subject
(Video) A Tour Of Charlie Chaplin Studios
Charlie Shows Us Around His La Brea Nursery/Pick Up Joint/Studio
(Video) A Tour Of The Tom Ince Studios, 1920
Too bad it wasn't a tour of Tom Inces house, with the secret passage and the peepholes into the guest bedrooms. Now THAT was something to see!
"There's A Tear For Every Smile In Hollywood!" - By Blanche Sweet
Hollywood Then (Video Clip)
Frances Farmer Being Dragged Away
Hollywood Now (Video Clip)
Britney Spears Being Dragged Away
Mindblowingly Comprehensive Study Of The Taylor Murder, With All Sorts Of Other Amazing Things About The Silent Days
The Burning Of Los Angeles
"The Day Of The Locust" By Nathaniel West (Excerpt)
All their lives they had slaved at some kind of dull, heavy labor, behind desks and counters, in the fields and at tedious machines of all sorts, saving their pennies and dreaming of the leisure that would be theirs when they had enough. Finally that day came. They could draw a weekly income of ten or fifteen dollars. Where else should they go but California, the land of sunshine and oranges? Once there, they discover that....(Link To The Last Chapter and The Burning Of Los Angeles)
(Video) "Hollywood Party!"
Those boys on Craigslist Think They Invented The Term. Hah!
Doug Fairbainks As "Coke Ennyday" in The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish
The Sign Itself Commits Suicide By Jumping Off The Hill
Click Picture To See Peg Entwistle Acting
(Video) Keep Young And Beautiful
Pictured: Liz at The Abbey Recently, Looking For Love In All The Same Places, A West Hollywood Gay Bar
The Man Who Directed The First Feature In Hollywood, "The Squaw Man"
Oscar Apfel (No Matter WHAT You May Have Heard Otherwise)
You'd Have The Same Expression If YOU Had Had To Stare At Hollywood Blvd For 80 Years!
Edith Head Gives Good Wardrobe!
Me Lingering In Westlake Park Again....
....A Little Peaveyish.
I Was Watching The Ducks!
February 3,1922 LOS ANGELES RECORD Valet in Court on Vagrancy Charge
Henry Peavey, 40, of 127 1/2 East Third street, who found the body of William D. Taylor, famous motion picture director, found murdered in his homeat 404B South Alvarado street, was scheduled to go to police court yesterday afternoon to face a charge of social vagrancy. Peavey, according to Patrolman S. G. White, was arrested, charged with being lewd and dissolute in Westlake park a few hours before his employer was murdered. Taylor, it is said, bailed the negro out. His case was taken off the calendar after Taylor's death. No date was set for the trial.
The Disneyfication Of Hollywood Boulevard
Life Lessons From Hollywood
Lies, Deceit, Fakery, And Sometimes Old Fashioned Breaking And Entering Get You EXACTLY Where You Want To Go! Me At The Grove, 2000, Both Of Us DOOMED
Hollywood On Hollywood!
No matter how much I love the place, I've often said it should go F--- itself. Turns out it has been for decades.
Below are links to films about the area, by the area. Some are linked through the picture, so wiggle your little mouse until it gives you the fingers.
(Movie) Hollywood Revue Of 1929
With More Stars Than There Are In The Heavans!
(Movie) A Star Is Born (1937 Technicolor Version
Starring Freddy March, Janet Gaynor, Lionel Stander and Adolph Menjou
(Movie) Hollywood & Vine
Featuring Franklin Pangborn, Mike Romanoff
(Movie) Breakfast In Hollywood
Starring Tom Brenneman
(Movie) Under California Stars
Staring Roy Rogers, The Sons Of The Pioneers, and Andy Devine All living together on a country ranch in....STUDIO CITY!
(Video) Ken Murray And His Hollywood Home Movies
(Movie) Melies' "La Voyage Dans La Luna" (1902)
Featuring The First Ever "Money Shot"
(Movie) White Hot: The Mysterious Murder Of Thelma Todd
Staring Loni Anderson
(Clip) Riot On The Sunset Strip
Amazing Footage Of The Pandora's Box Riot
(Video) "Boys Beware"
"One Never Knows When The Homosexual Is About!"
(Video) The LAPD Presents....Subject: NARCOTICS
(Video) The Black Dahlia Murder
Next Time Hollywood Gets You Down, Remember Beth Short. It Could Be Worse.
101 Rent Boys (Clip)
Interestingly, I Know 83 Of Them Personaly...From Work...As A Bartender
(Video) Cuanto Le Gusta
(Video) "Six Women" Sung By Cliff Edwards.
They Drove Jimminy Crickett To Junk
(Video) The Eyes Of Korla Pandit
Channel 9 At Noon, Watch The Desperate Housewives Swoon!
(Video) Criswell Predicts....
...everything BUT what is really going to happen!
The LAPD Gets Into The Movie Business! And Into Your Business.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hollywood But Were Afraid To Ask
julieanne s. Los Angeles, CA 3 star rating12/10/2007 This place... where to begin? Maybe I'll start with something that nobody else has mentioned: this is a one of LA's strangest gay bars. After passing it several times and hearing good things, I told some friends to meet me here on a Saturday night. Before I got there, one of them texted me, "Did you know this was a gay bar?" I was skeptical until I arrived to find every patron armed with a Y chromosome and an opinion about whether the London production of "Les Miserables" was superior to the New York.It looks like your uncle's rumpus room did after he remodeled it in the eighties. Lots of oak cabinets, blue carpet, and a mural of England on the wall (?). The only difference between it and your uncle's rumpus room is probably that there's no L'il Wayne lookalike making out with an old dude in the corner. It was also aggressively decorated for Christmas. The piano player did a range of carols and show tunes, for some of which he worked in his own lyrics about tampons and liking Hamburger Helper shoved up his ass.
And Then There's This One.... JoeNKatie .. Los Angeles, CA 1 star rating12/20/2007 We and our friends don't like the Piano Bar at all. We like a laidback atmosphere, but this place is definitely not one of the best. And talk about the bartenders and some of the customers. We heard some negative stories about the bartenders. Some people there are just plain rude. And there's alot of fighting going on. Stay away from the male bartenders. Some of them aren't customer friendly or are angry looking & cold-hearted. It seems a little skeezy there. This bar is definitely not for the ladies either! There were times we heard yelling going on with a former bartender there. And some of the guys there are just plain nasty looking. It's more of a place for gay convicts. It's a little intimidating to walk into or look into when you pass by. It's like they're trying to hide their trashiness with fake class.
The Front Of One Of David Brown's Former Classy Establishments