HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForum
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > Found City Photos

Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #2181  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 4:44 PM
GaylordWilshire's Avatar
GaylordWilshire GaylordWilshire is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 3,454


Great picture, gs--interesting to see Lloyd's prosthetic glove in it. There's another shot from Never Weaken in this post:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=1294 and in the post, a not-to-be-missed link to a short documentary about Lloyd's downtown shooting, with terrific "then and nows." (Note the sequences of Lloyd racing a buggy past the Angels Flight Pharmacy.)
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2182  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 5:33 PM
MikeD MikeD is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffDiego View Post
Also, here's a blog with good photos about "French Hollywood" architecture. http://doves2day.blogspot.com/2010/1...hollywood.html
So that French style apt. house on Beverly is the one featured in "The Best Years of Our Lives." Very interesting.
Thanks for the tip on "French Hollywood". Although the names should have been a clue, I never thought about the style. I just liked all the old buildings.

In "Best Years", the cab carrying the three vets pulls out of Orange Dr....



and across Beverly is the apartment. You get a good view of this buillding next door on Beverly.



Sorry I don't have screen grabs to go with the pictures.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2183  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 6:24 PM
esotouric esotouric is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post

Here are some examples I have in my files.

Below: Stillwell's Auto Hotel, 2 miles east of the new Union Station.


ebay
Such a shame about Stillwell's, but it reminds me of a wonderful little thicket of surviving older motor hotels just east on Ramona, a road not often traveled since it's uncomfortably freeway-close. You'll find them where Ramona turns into Garvey, around Montezuma and Carlos. (see crummy Google streetview image below)



Cuter still, cruise south down Atlantic and look left to spy this gem at 438 El Mercado Avenue, tucked amidst much new development but still just as cute as the day it was hatched.

Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2184  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 6:45 PM
GaylordWilshire's Avatar
GaylordWilshire GaylordWilshire is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 3,454
Mike D-- Here's a screen capture of the Stephenson's "Boone City" building, and another street view:

Samuel Goldwyn Company/RKO Radio Pictures

Google Street View
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2185  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 7:26 PM
GaylordWilshire's Avatar
GaylordWilshire GaylordWilshire is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 3,454
The motels of The Facts of Life

No, not the tv show I never watched. In this 1960 Bob Hope/Lucille Ball movie about marital boredom in Pasadena, in spite of all the motels we see, not a thing happens. I looked along Ventura Boulevard in the vicinity of Fruitland Drive, fruitlessly, to see if anything still stands. A not-completely-in-depth check of the 1960 city directory didn't help--maybe these places are out of range of it. Anyone have any ideas of the locations of these motel gems?
















And a few more vintage L.A. shots from The Facts of Life:






EDIT 1-28-2016: A history of the "mobile" Olympic Drive-In theater is here: http://losangeleshistory.blogspot.co...histories.html




All photos United Artists/MGM Home Entertainment

Last edited by GaylordWilshire; Jan 28, 2017 at 3:53 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2186  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 8:18 PM
ethereal_reality's Avatar
ethereal_reality ethereal_reality is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lafayette/West Lafayette IN, Purdue U.
Posts: 14,361
I recognized the top hat so I looked in my files.




Below: Studio City 1950


usc archive

Pretty cool huh.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2187  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 9:30 PM
Beaudry's Avatar
Beaudry Beaudry is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 640
Quote:
Originally Posted by esotouric View Post
Such a shame about Stillwell's, but it reminds me of a wonderful little thicket of surviving older motor hotels just east on Ramona, a road not often traveled since it's uncomfortably freeway-close. You'll find them where Ramona turns into Garvey, around Montezuma and Carlos. (see crummy Google streetview image below)



Cuter still, cruise south down Atlantic and look left to spy this gem at 438 El Mercado Avenue, tucked amidst much new development but still just as cute as the day it was hatched.

Hey Esotouric, and welcome to the forum! I have some swell shots (on another computer) and postcards of these motels, I'll have to see if I can dig them up, I agree they're my favorites in town...
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2188  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 9:33 PM
Beaudry's Avatar
Beaudry Beaudry is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 640
Quote:
Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
I recognized the top hat so I looked in my files.




Below: Studio City 1950


usc archive

Pretty cool huh.
Totally. More Topper!




11733 Ventura Blvd
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2189  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 9:35 PM
Beaudry's Avatar
Beaudry Beaudry is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 640
Re: The Facts of Life, lots of info and more pix of the late lamented Olympic Drive-In here
http://cinematreasures.org/theater/3756/
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2190  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 9:37 PM
sopas ej's Avatar
sopas ej sopas ej is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Pasadena, California
Posts: 4,025
Quote:
Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post
No, not the tv show I never watched. In this 1960 Bob Hope/Lucille Ball movie about marital boredom in Pasadena, in spite of all the motels we see, not a thing happens. I looked along Ventura Boulevard in the vicinity of Fruitland Drive, fruitlessly, to see if anything still stands. A not-completely-in-depth check of the 1960 city directory didn't help--maybe these places are out of range of it. Anyone have any ideas of the locations of these motel gems?
I would imagine that many of the motels that might've existed on Ventura Blvd. would've long ago been demolished for office developments and strip malls during the 1980s. Ventura Blvd. was the original alignment for US-route 101 before the freeway was built.

There are also many motels along Colorado Blvd. in Glendale and Eagle Rock, I assume before the freeways that Colorado Blvd. was a major road/highway leading into/out of Pasadena. In the eastern unincorporated portion of Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., there are a few old run-down motels left; I think they might charge by the hour, being that you also see some prostitutes hanging around in that area. Valley Blvd. in the San Gabriel Valley as well as Garvey Ave. also used to be major highways prior to the freeways; you can still see some rundown motels along those streets as well in cities like El Monte and La Puente. I've heard that street prostitution exists around those motels in El Monte.
__________________
"If the climate were a bank, the U.S. would have already saved it."

---Hugo Chávez
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2191  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 10:08 PM
Beaudry's Avatar
Beaudry Beaudry is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 640
Quote:
Originally Posted by gsjansen View Post
i apologize in advance for making everyone have to scroll on this photo, due to it's size, however, this is definitely an image that needs to be seen full size to truly appreciate.

it is a screen capture from the 1921 harold lloyd thrill comedy, Never Weaken

apparently some hopped up developer is building a large steel framed skyscraper on top of the hill street tunnel, (wonder how they worked the piling's around the hollywood
in and out-bound P&E tracks??!!??).

I just realized that the building behind harrold lloyd is not the cecil, st. mark, gladden....(whatever), that i first identified it as, ..........it's actually a building on olive court
next to the moorecliff with a nifty rear exit on to hill street

the building down hill street with the union league sign on the side is the hotel belmont, (the old ywca) just north of third. the mission hotel can be clearly seen
at the intersection of 2nd and olive.

the railings of the roof terrace of the nelson building, (third and clay), is visible, as is the cupola bell tower of the astoria just north of third on olive.

lloyd was working with the hal roach studios at this time, so they wouldn't have had to travel very far for this location shot, as the studio was located almost from
the vantage point of the photographer, in the bradbury mansion at hill and court street .

enjoy!

I trust I don't have to tell YOU how insanely great that is! Like so many large-formats, you just get lost in 'em...

The one you talk about that you thought might've been the C/SM/G is a single-family dwelling at 109 S Hill, ca. 1890, that fronted on Hill. Some time prior to 1906 it had that whole back part added on (that stretched onto Olive Court) and became known as the El Moro Hotel. The Cecil/St. Mark was back and to the right of the El Moro.

...the big building under Harold's armpit (at the fold of his jacket) is the 1910 Hotel Northern, btw.

Too cool. Never Weaken also has a swell 3rd & Grand Angels Flight pharmacy gag in it as well!

I read here http://fpk.homestead.com/files/ghost...of_justice.htm two films (Just Nuts, Haunted Spooks) were filmed inside the Bradbury. Could this be true? Haven't seen either.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2192  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 10:23 PM
GaylordWilshire's Avatar
GaylordWilshire GaylordWilshire is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 3,454
No shortage of neo-noir bedbug-and-clap traps remaining along Ventura in Studio City--here are a couple still standing. I thought at first that the Charles might be the Valley Springs, but now don't think so. And there's an even older tourist court next door. Can't make out the name on the sign, though.

Google Street View

Google Street View

Google Street View
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2193  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 10:27 PM
ethereal_reality's Avatar
ethereal_reality ethereal_reality is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lafayette/West Lafayette IN, Purdue U.
Posts: 14,361
What a fantastic Harold Lloyd photograph!

I'd love to see some of these silents, especially Haunted Spooks.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2194  
Old Posted Dec 12, 2010, 11:03 PM
GaylordWilshire's Avatar
GaylordWilshire GaylordWilshire is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 3,454
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beaudry View Post
Too cool. Never Weaken also has a swell 3rd & Grand Angels Flight pharmacy gag in it as well!

Annette Lloyd/Petrografix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynuOQvVaFMo
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2195  
Old Posted Dec 13, 2010, 2:12 AM
Beaudry's Avatar
Beaudry Beaudry is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 640
Quote:
Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post
That was really enjoyable. But I'm still going to be a persnickity bastard (with love). At 4:15 when she describes the shots from Girl Shy and For Heaven's Sake where the horse cart/runaway bus travel, respectively, on Grand (and while she mentions being between the 400 and 500 block, but is actually between the 500 and 600) -- in both cases Lloyd does not travel on Grand, but on Third, from near Olive, north across Grand (where the manhole cover is), toward (and shot from) Bunker Hill Avenue.

A wee quibbly, but still.

There was also one I can't remember the name of; at the beginning he's a callow youth leaving home. He leaves the Biltmore on Grand and one can see the Dome in the distance. Saw it at Silent Movie and know I wrote it down somewhere...
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2196  
Old Posted Dec 13, 2010, 2:36 AM
ethereal_reality's Avatar
ethereal_reality ethereal_reality is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lafayette/West Lafayette IN, Purdue U.
Posts: 14,361
I missed the youtube link earlier.

That video was very interesting.
Can you imagine if all of us got together for a project like this.
It would be epic!
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2197  
Old Posted Dec 13, 2010, 2:54 AM
Beaudry's Avatar
Beaudry Beaudry is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 640
Quote:
Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post
No shortage of neo-noir bedbug-and-clap traps remaining along Ventura in Studio City--here are a couple still standing. I thought at first that the Charles might be the Valley Springs, but now don't think so. And there's an even older tourist court next door. Can't make out the name on the sign, though.

Google Street View

Google Street View

Google Street View
The Charles sounds positively regal. Maybe not as regal as the La Brea Towers, but...



Don't know what that older court is next door -- this may require a road trip!



Also, with the FOL screen grabs, the Patio Motel seems to still be kicking at 11466 Ventura Blvd. You'll note that next door the Valley Crown is still very much around (in structure; it's been repurposed) at 11472...
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2198  
Old Posted Dec 13, 2010, 3:50 AM
BulletBob BulletBob is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 3
I remember this place! It was south of the SB Fwy just past Soto St. It vanished after the freeway was widened there in the mid-'70s...

This is on Stillwell's. I remember it too for how it looked at night. The highway facing buildings were trimmed in blue neon giving it a most distinctive look. I guess to match the color motive in the postcard.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2199  
Old Posted Dec 13, 2010, 6:06 AM
Mark L Mark L is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: LA, CA
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beaudry View Post
The Charles sounds positively regal. Maybe not as regal as the La Brea Towers, but...



Don't know what that older court is next door -- this may require a road trip!



Also, with the FOL screen grabs, the Patio Motel seems to still be kicking at 11466 Ventura Blvd. You'll note that next door the Valley Crown is still very much around (in structure; it's been repurposed) at 11472...
I drive past The Charles regularly. Known for many a sleazy rendezvous over the years (no personal experience,sorry to say). Great motel history gents!

Last edited by Mark L; Dec 13, 2010 at 6:07 AM. Reason: clarification
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2200  
Old Posted Dec 13, 2010, 6:46 AM
malumot malumot is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 184
Like so many large-formats, you just get lost in 'em...

Yes, you do Beaudry. Ain't it fun?

Last edited by malumot; Dec 13, 2010 at 7:18 AM. Reason: delete
Reply With Quote
     
     
This discussion thread continues

Use the page links to the lower-right to go to the next page for additional posts

Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > Found City Photos
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 6:42 AM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.