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Lwize Mar 17, 2020 4:43 PM

Photos of Empty LA (Covid-19 Edition)

https://www.kcrw.com/news/articles/c...geles-empty-la

Martin Pal Mar 17, 2020 8:27 PM

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Yes, eerie!


I saw this today:

Edward Hopper's famous painting...

Nighthawks, 1942.

https://www.howardshollow.com/canvas...etched/18a.jpg


Nighthawks, 2020.

https://i1.wp.com/media.boingboing.n...g?w=1019&ssl=1

GaylordWilshire Mar 17, 2020 8:51 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8864274)
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...a good view of the old Biltmore Theater that was located directly behind the Biltmore Hotel

A view of the front of theater facing 5th Street.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/MRVjU6.jpg
LAPL

I have never understood the open areas. .... To me it looks like a parking garage.


https://i.postimg.cc/SNrR4z8K/biltarchfacade-bmp.jpg
Rendering by architects Schultze & Weaver


https://i.postimg.cc/jjJRDWWP/biltopening-bmp.jpg
Seems to be opening night, March 3, 1924


https://i.postimg.cc/JzNqMxxk/bilt-LATad-bmp.jpg
LAT Feb 24, 1924


https://i.postimg.cc/YCr32gsD/biltdemo-bmp.jpg
Demolition, 1964


NYPL and Cinema Treasures


A 2012 NLA reference with a curious image: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9378

Was this a picture of the Biltmore's interior...does it go with the exterior?

http://imageshack.us/a/img831/1664/a...yatrium195.jpg

ethereal_reality Mar 17, 2020 10:11 PM

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Thanks for the follow-up, GW. I appreciate it. :)

If I remember correctly, per a later discussion, the model is in the lobby of the Mason Theater at 127 S. Broadway. (formerly the Mason Opera House)



Here's a look inside. ....It seems to match up.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/7VB3gn.jpg
losangelestheaters

There's another killer urn.




I'm impressed by this fountain. . . but I can't figure out the light above her head. ...Is it attached to the top of her head? ... :shrug:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/vIRZSU.jpg
losangelestheaters





Exterior view from the 1950s.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/D0nDLR.jpg
losangelestheaters


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Arch2000 Mar 18, 2020 6:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 8865094)
:previous:

Yes, eerie!


I saw this today:

Edward Hopper's famous painting...


Nighthawks, 2020.

https://i1.wp.com/media.boingboing.n...g?w=1019&ssl=1

I fear you may have to add 'for lease' signs and boarded up windows to that image, the way this is going.

Arch2000 Mar 18, 2020 6:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8864274)
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Here's a rppc aerial of downtown Los Angeles that someone has annotated.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/V3ALPC.jpg
Link

This is also a good view of the old Biltmore Theater that was located directly behind the Biltmore Hotel.





A view of the front of theater facing 5th Street.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/MRVjU6.jpg
LAPL

I have never understood the open areas. .... To me it looks like a parking garage.



See those four urns...................................................................................................................................................... :previous:




Here's one up close....Instant death if you find yourself standing below one during an earthquake.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/hhmTZc.jpg
losangelestheatres

1949 - "Up on the balcony level breezeway with a policeman inspecting one of the giant vases after someone had tried to push one into the street."

hmmm. . .I had always heard that most of the precarious architectural ornament, like this mega-urn, were removed from buildings in Los Angeles after the 1933 Earthquake. ....I was misinformed.




If the locations for that photograph is correct, I'm guessing that the urns were replaced at some point in the building's life. The facade view shows (to me), a wider opening on the urn top and either curved handles or decorative embellishment (snakes?) on the sides of the necks of the urns. The Urn the policeman is next to has a much slimmer, simpler neck and top.

Perhaps the urns were damaged in the 1932 quake, or were replaced with sturdier versions, and the style was modified to a cleaner profile as shown here?

nadeau Mar 18, 2020 6:59 AM

A Mexican cinema. Is that Cantinflas in the center medallion?

nadeau Mar 18, 2020 7:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8865229)
:previous:

Thanks for the follow-up, GW. I appreciate it. :)

If I remember correctly, per a later discussion, the model is posing in the lobby of the Mason Theater at 127 S. Broadway. (formerly the Mason Opera House)



Here's a look inside. ....It seems to match up.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/7VB3gn.jpg
losangelestheaters

There's another killer urn.




I'm impressed by this fountain. . . but I can't figure out the light above her head. ...Is it attached to the top of her head? ... :shrug:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/vIRZSU.jpg
losangelestheaters





Exterior view from the 1950s.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/D0nDLR.jpg
losangelestheaters


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A Mexican cinema. Is that Cantinflas in the center medallion?

ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2020 7:15 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Arch2000 (Post 8865585)
The facade view shows (to me), a wider opening on the urn top and either curved handles or decorative embellishment (snakes?) on the sides of the necks of the urns.
The Urn the policeman is next to has a much slimmer, simpler neck and top.



Arch2000, you might be right about snake-like handles.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/hnmk8x.jpg
DETAIL

But to me the rest of the urn looks identical to the 1949 urn.







Here's the whole photograph.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/pFe78w.jpg
LAPL

.......................................................................................The Biltmore Theater opened on March 3, 1924 with a Ziegfeld production of 'Sally'.


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Martin Pal Mar 18, 2020 6:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 8865125)

Wonder if Walter Catlett is related to Mary Jo Catlett?

FYI:

The famous (still famous) song that came from this show is apropos for our times...well, any times.

"Look for the Silver Lining"

The song from the 1929 film version of Sally:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOthCD8n0mA
(Marilyn Miller starred in the movie and the Broadway production.)

Or Judy Garland singing it in Till the Clouds Roll By:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFITLxanHoU

ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2020 6:52 PM

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I am hoping someone can dig up some information on a 'Triumph of Peace' pagent held in Pacific Palisades.


I'll post it LARGE so y'all can see the banner.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/923/I0gNCU.jpg
found on eBay quite some time ago.

The name of the pageant makes me think the photograph was taken soon after the end of WWI.

There's a structure off the side of the road (under the large branch) and the remnant of a fence by the right front tire.



ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2020 7:04 PM

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RE: The Biltmore Theater


I see that the urns, that we've been discussing, were removed prior to the 1964 demolishion.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/0qjVQ4.jpg
LAPL

I imagine they found homes in someone's backyard in. . .say. . .Beverly Hills.

I believe if we looked long and hard, and pooled our resources, we could track at least one of them down. ...*jumps in the googlemobile and takes off*


...
note the marquee:....Now Playing.... Cleveland Wrecking Company.... .Show with a Bang

P.S. I just noticed the open areas within the tall arches have been filled in.
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GaylordWilshire Mar 19, 2020 2:14 PM

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Well, the idea that they might have wound up poolside in BH was nice, but no. I never expected to find this... LAT March 16, 1949


https://i.postimg.cc/rF04fcng/biltmoreurns-bmp.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/rs6DbRYJ/biltmore2-bmp.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/d0LDVjb6/biltmore3-bmp.jpg


Well, I was disappointed in Sinnott. I was expecting to find Steve Reeves

ethereal_reality Mar 19, 2020 2:50 PM

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I'm speechless.

Earl Boebert Mar 19, 2020 2:59 PM

^^^

I suspect Benzedrine, still over the counter in 1949.

Cheers,

Earl

ethereal_reality Mar 19, 2020 3:14 PM

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Here's the POS vandal, Donald Sinnott.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/k9X7hZ.jpg
calisphere

I suspect Napoleon Complex.......... Don't get angry (again) with me CBD. Remember, I'm only 5' 6".

I'm trying to understand the trail left by his left foot. Did he have a club foot?


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GaylordWilshire Mar 19, 2020 4:19 PM

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The "club foot" and its path is curious...but the cop appears to be holding Donald's flannel shirt so he can flex for the camera. V v odd. And the kid seems to have been way ahead of his time in terms of fashion, what with the prison-style droopy drawers and all.

Martin Pal Mar 19, 2020 6:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Earl Boebert (Post 8867031)
^^^
I suspect Benzedrine, still over the counter in 1949.
Cheers, Earl

An interesting article from The Atlantic:

The Lost World of Benzedrine
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/a...edrine/255904/

Earl Boebert Mar 19, 2020 7:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 8867277)
An interesting article from The Atlantic:

The Lost World of Benzedrine
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/a...edrine/255904/

Good summary. When I entered college in 1957, the student health service was passing them out like candy. I contracted mononucleosis in 1958 and that's what they gave me. I got home and went to my regular doc at Kaiser (then one of the most advanced health services in country) and he totally freaked out. Between the mono and bennie withdrawal I pretty much slept through the whole summer of 1958.

Cheers,

Earl

CityBoyDoug Mar 19, 2020 7:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Earl Boebert (Post 8867031)
^^^

I suspect Benzedrine, still over the counter in 1949.

Cheers,

Earl

I agree...he was high on Bennies, a form of amphetamine. Often it was combined with alcohol.

No, I don't suspect Napoleon Complex.....he was high as a kite, as they used to say. Even that cop, Officer John Buffington had a slight smile on his face.

Benzedrine was a common Pick-Me-Up drug in those days...often used by the Beat authors such as Jack Kerouac. With those pills he could type for 24 hours on his old typewriter and produced such books as "On The Road" and others. I read that book and you can tell he's stoned.

Here a little tune from that era......

https://youtu.be/XOfCoqoYpBU

>>>>>The Benzedrine Blues......1948


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