BACKSTORY: From Wikipedia:
Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California, United States situated west-northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a metonym of American cinema. Even though much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as West Los Angeles and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production, and lighting companies remain in Hollywood, as does the backlot of Paramount Pictures.
As a district within the Los Angeles city limits, Hollywood does not have its own municipal government. There was an official, appointed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who served as an honorary "Mayor of Hollywood" for ceremonial purposes only. Johnny Grant held this position from 1980 until his death on January 9, 2008. No replacement for Grant has been named.
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BACKSTORY (Oct. 3, 1942 —Nov. 22, 1945): During World War II, the stars of Hollywood and Broadway banded together to make things a little easier for service men and women going off to fight by providing laughter, refreshment, entertainment, and compassion at Canteens on both coasts. In California, The Hollywood Canteen (founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield, among others), sometimes entertained as many as 10,000 guests a night. Free of charge, some of the biggest names in the Industry danced, poured coffee, chatted, told jokes—and did their best to give the fighting forces a proper send off.
(Jan. 24, 1927 —Present) BACKSTORY: Originally known as The Hollywood Playhouse, 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 many CBS Radio Network programs, including Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks show and Lucille Ball's My Favorite Husband program. In the 1940s, it was renamed The El Capitan Theatre, and was used for a long-running live burlesque variety show called Ken Murray's Blackouts.
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. In 1963, ABC television used the theater for Jerry Lewis’ weekly TV program, and appropriately renamed it The Jerry Lewis Theatre. After the cancellation of Jerry Lewis’ show, ABC renamed the building the Hollywood Palace and launched The Hollywood Palace, a variety series which had guests such as Judy Garland, Groucho Marx and Louis Armstrong. The program was successful and continued for seven years, until 1970, after which ABC continued to use the building as a studio for occasional broadcasts. In 1978, ABC sold the theatre to private businessman Dennis Lidtke, who restored it and reopened it four years later with an abridged name, The Palace.
It is featured prominently in the film “Against All Odds.” The punk band The Ramones played their 2263rd and final show here on August 6th 1996. It was recorded for billboard live for the album We’re Outta Here. The building was purchased by Hollywood Entertainment Partners in September 2002 and renamed The Avalon.
BACKSTORY: Designated in 1992, The Courtyard Thematic District refers to a number of courtyard apartment buildings from the 1920's on Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood. The El Palacio on 8493 Fountain Avenue is an 18-unit, historical garden-style courtyard apartment building built in 1931 by William Hauptman, one of the most renowned architects in the area for courtyard buildings. Georgette Elise Bauerdorf was a twenty-year-old oil heiress who was strangled in the El Palacio Apartments in 1944. Marilyn Monroe lived in an apartment at The El Palacio in the 1950s (which would be purchased by Lindsay Lohan in 2007). The first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, Dorothy Dandridge, lived at the property from 1964 until her tragic death (ruled a suicide) in 1965.
BACKSTORY: Dan Tana’s Italian Restaurant opened in 1964, and has been a Hollywood dining legend ever since. Located at 9071 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. From their website: Its superb food, every morsel prepared to order, and its super sized drinks are created and served with loving care by Tana’s longtime personnel. The bar and restaurant always are fully packed with customers rubbing elbows with Hollywood elite. Still every customer, celebrity or not, is equally important to Tana and his staff. No special preferences are shown, except to offer exceptional service and mouth watering culinary delights.
BACKSTORY: The El Coyote Mexican Cafe has been familiy owned and operated since 1931. The current location is at 7312 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood. Visit their website.
BACKSTORY: The El Mirador Apartments were built in 1929 by architect S. Charles Lee and are located at 1302 N. Sweetzer Avenue.