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ethereal_reality Jun 29, 2013 5:07 PM

...just found on ebay.

Los Angeles 1936
http://imageshack.us/a/img59/1276/dxav.jpg


a good view of a Boos Bros. Cafeteria
http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4448/tkn3.jpg



press information
http://imageshack.us/a/img707/7521/imjk.jpg

It says "walks off his hotel roof", which hotel would this be?
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CityBoyDoug Jun 29, 2013 5:27 PM

Downtown NOIR
 
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6181929)
...just found on ebay.


It says "walks off his hotel roof", which hotel would this be?
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ER.....Probably the Hotel Cecil.

A lot of strange things have happened up on that roof. Just ask Elisa Lam about it.

I might be staying there later next month and maybe not. My sister thinks it not a good idea for me to stay at the Cecil. It looks very noirish

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pse5b355ec.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps332bfc5d.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps953aa0c8.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps50f74173.jpg

bighen Jun 29, 2013 7:03 PM

Murder on Crenshaw Blvd, 1958
 
A then and now crime scene near the intersection of Jefferson and Crenshaw

http://imageshack.us/a/img577/417/ond6.jpg

Source: USC digital archives



http://imageshack.us/a/img94/980/4acu.jpg

Personal

The building that was once a Jazz club, became a Japanese theater that showed samurai movies (Toyo and later Kokusai theater) is now a performing arts theater.

http://imageshack.us/a/img607/6015/4s33.jpg

Source: Cinema Treasures blog

Oviatt Building Fan Jun 29, 2013 7:35 PM

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Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 6179781)
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More French Revival mishmash is hidden below. :shrug:


http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4cbf9c4e.jpg



Funny you should post this now. In the past two months, I've gone ahead and unearthed practically everything there is to know about this building and its history. In fact, I'll be giving a free slideshow lecture about it tomorrow (Sunday) in downtown L.A.

A tidbit: one of the land's first owners was Mrs. Genevieve Paddleford, America's most notorious "international adventuress and love pirate" for nearly 40 years. Hers is quite a story.

Fascinating stuff!

AlvaroLegido Jun 29, 2013 8:06 PM

Bruce's bungalow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4298797)
I lived in L.A. for 8 years and still hold it in high esteem.
I recently spent several months going through some 50,000+ photos from the USC Digital Archives* and the Los Angeles Public Library.

Many of the photographs have a romantic quality to them.
I always felt this was a 'noir' city, especially in the winter when the warm Santa Ana winds swept through the basin.

I lived on Hancock between Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Amazingly, the small bungalow where I lived is still there.

Enough said:
Here are the photographs of Los Angeles.
I will continue posting them over the next several months.

Please feel free to ADD any old L.A. photos you might have.

Hi, Ethereal. While rereading your first post (which noirishers know by heart by now as we always get on the first page when we come on the thread), I wondered what is the address of your small bungalow and wanted to see it on Google Maps.

ethereal_reality Jun 29, 2013 8:20 PM

Very noirish before and after bighen. -nice job.
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I finally found a postcard of Busch's Garden on Sunset. The owner's son was serial killer Henry Adolph Busch.

established 1932
http://imageshack.us/a/img69/3255/qoj9.jpg
ebay

read more about the murders here:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8102


and here to see information GW located, and a photo of the killer's apartment.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8103


and finally here by rCarlton
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8104


matchbook cover posted last June by GaylordWilshire
http://imageshack.us/a/img24/8264/0zg1.jpg


5060 Sunset Blvd. today
http://imageshack.us/a/img706/975/e8k6.jpg
gsv
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ethereal_reality Jun 29, 2013 9:21 PM

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Originally Posted by AlvaroLegido (Post 6182079)
Hi, Ethereal. While rereading your first post (which noirishers know by heart by now as we always get on the first page when we come on the thread), I wondered what is the address of your small bungalow and wanted to see it on Google Maps.

AlvaroLegido, my address was 935 1/2 Hancock Ave. West Hollywood. You'll see that there are three bungalows
and I lived in the rear of the first bungalow. (they were built in 1946)
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GaylordWilshire Jun 29, 2013 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by bighen (Post 6182019)
A then and now crime scene near the intersection of Jefferson and Crenshaw

http://imageshack.us/a/img577/417/ond6.jpg

Source: USC digital archives



http://imageshack.us/a/img94/980/4acu.jpg

Personal

The building that was once a Jazz club, became a Japanese theater that showed samurai movies (Toyo and later Kokusai theater) is now a performing arts theater.

http://imageshack.us/a/img607/6015/4s33.jpg

Source: Cinema Treasures blog


A little more on the old Crenshaw Theatre here. Thought we'd also seen more pictures of it, but can't find them now....

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3262

tovangar2 Jun 29, 2013 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oviatt Building Fan (Post 6182056)
Funny you should post this now. In the past two months, I've gone ahead and unearthed practically everything there is to know about this building and its history.

Fascinating stuff!

Can't wait!



So glad it's the weekend. I finally have a minute to catch up with the thread. So many gorgeous posts. Thank you.

Some odd bits tripped over on the net this week:


Ed Fuentes may have figured out why our downtown streets don't quite conform to the Laws of the Indies:
http://www.viewfromaloft.org/2013/06...h-to-tree.html


One of the Einar Petersen murals from the Rosslyn is up on eBay:
http://www.laobserved.com/archive/20...rsen_mural.php


la.curbed has some previously-mentioned-on-the-thread hotel recommendations for CityBoyDoug, including the Ritz Milner, Hollywood Historic and Coral Sands:
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...00_a_night.php


And, finally, the Getty has acquired three sets of sequenced aerial pix from Lane Barden
The Linear City Portfolio
Viewed in sequence on Barden's site, they really do give one a new perspective
on favorite and familiar locations:

Wilshire Blvd from the sea to DTLA (9 images)
http://www.lanebarden.com/en/01_Sequ.../03_Sequence3/
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1...40002%2BPM.jpg

The LA River, Canoga Park to the sea (18 images)
http://www.lanebarden.com/en/01_Sequ.../01_Sequence1/
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-K...40224%2BPM.jpg

And the Alameda Supply Corridor (10 images)
http://www.lanebarden.com/en/01_Sequ.../02_Sequence2/

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-U...40450%2BPM.jpg

More info: http://www.laobserved.com/archive/20...QQ4BT8.twitter

ethereal_reality Jun 29, 2013 11:08 PM

We haven't visited the Shanghai Cafe yet on noirish Los Angeles.

http://imageshack.us/a/img51/6195/5e78.jpg
ebay
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Albany NY Jun 30, 2013 12:30 AM

Pet Shop Boys and Other Musings
 
Posted originally by ethereal_reality
-earlier tonight I came across this interesting 1959 slide.
http://imageshack.com/scaled/large/16/l3mw.jpg
ebay

-trying to figure out the address, I searched under 'florists' in the 1956 city directory since the 'plants' sign is prominent. Eventually I found a Germain's...but as a pet shop at 625 S. Hill Street. I looked at the slide again and decided the window display does look a bit like a pet shop.

http://imageshack.com/scaled/large/96/sjbz.jpgGoogle Street View

It looks like the building housing Germains has been replaced by another monstrosity. But you have the right address for Germains. To be certain, I found some detailing on the side windows of the building next door, which still stands, minus the earlier fire escape. The matching areas are circled in red.

...then I noticed 'Snafu Coffee Shop' several lines below Germain's in the directory and remembered this photograph I posted here last week.
http://imageshack.us/a/img834/2546/y5vo.jpg
ebay

At first I thought the 'Transocean Air Lines' office was the old 'Germains Pet Shop' space. -but the addresses don't seem to add up.
Now (after a few beers) I am completely c o n f u s e d!
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http://imageshack.com/scaled/large/196/rcqg.jpgGoogle Street View

I was dumbfounded to see that the old Snafu building is still with us. I had assumed the old photo showed it during demolition, but it is definitely the same place. The two small buildings were simply remodeled into one storefront. For proof, look at the top left edge of the roof, and how it aligns with the brickwork on its neighbor. Identical in both shots.

ethereal_reality Jun 30, 2013 12:47 AM

:previous: Thank you Albany NY! This was driving me crazy.
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CityBoyDoug Jun 30, 2013 2:29 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6182129)
AlvaroLegido, my address was 935 1/2 Hancock Ave. West Hollywood. You'll see that there are three bungalows
and I lived in the rear of the first bungalow. (they were built in 1946)
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps605cf0cb.jpg
GSView

LA......we love it!

rick m Jun 30, 2013 3:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6181929)
...just found on ebay.

Los Angeles 1936
http://imageshack.us/a/img59/1276/dxav.jpg


a good view of a Boos Bros. Cafeteria
http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4448/tkn3.jpg



press information
http://imageshack.us/a/img707/7521/imjk.jpg

It says "walks off his hotel roof", which hotel would this be?
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This was done from atop the Biltmore - and skipping over trees of Pershing Square there is the Hill St. Boos Bros. and a portion of the Metropolitan/Paramount Theater building to the cafeteria's right side--

rick m Jun 30, 2013 3:24 AM

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Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6178591)
That's a trash can but I have no idea the point of it being an ice cream cone.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps1a35398c.jpg

Spotted one of these yesterday at Santa Monica Promenade at S.M.Blvd --

rick m Jun 30, 2013 3:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6173461)
This is a head scratcher - for me. I recall visiting a standalone theater on Melrose in the early '80s for a private screening. It was opposite the Paramount Lot (on the same side of the street as Lucy's but further east). Presumed the theater was then being used by an acting troupe. It had a viable concession stand. Could it have gone by a different name, or no advertised name (for private screenings)? I distinctly remember it being nondescript brown and assumed it had been around for several years, if not decades. Still, I see no listing for a theater in the '62 or '73 directories, nor do I see any mention of a theater near this location in any of the usual source sites, e.g., cinema treasures. This is not to be confused with what was once known as Jensen's Melrose Theater at 4315 Melrose Ave. http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2143

http://rescarta.lapl.org:8080/ResCar..._doc=nickodell

http://rescarta.lapl.org:8080/ResCar...ll&submit=Find



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Today sorting thru old material at One Archives I found an invite card (early 1970s) for Troy Perry's MCC congregation -- Encore Theater -Melrose nr Van Ness - Somewhat similar name as what stuck in my memory erroneously as the Esquire-- Now that's corrected...

CityBoyDoug Jun 30, 2013 3:58 AM

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Originally Posted by rick m (Post 6182299)
Spotted one of these yesterday at Santa Monica Promenade at S.M.Blvd --

Weird objects....imo.

Wig-Wag Jun 30, 2013 4:37 AM

Ice Cream Cone Trash Can
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rick m (Post 6182299)
Spotted one of these yesterday at Santa Monica Promenade at S.M.Blvd --

Many cities in mainland China do the same thing with pandas, chickens, etc. A happier, friendlier trash can!

Cheers,
Jack

CityBoyDoug Jun 30, 2013 4:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Wig-Wag (Post 6182332)
Many cities in mainland China do the same thing with pandas, chickens, etc. A happier, friendlier trash can!

Cheers,
Jack

I guess it keeps their minds off of the crappy lives they lead in communist countries.

Chuckaluck Jun 30, 2013 2:36 PM

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Originally Posted by rick m (Post 6182308)
Today sorting thru old material at One Archives I found an invite card (early 1970s) for Troy Perry's MCC congregation -- Encore Theater -Melrose nr Van Ness - Somewhat similar name as what stuck in my memory erroneously as the Esquire-- Now that's corrected...



Thanks for the follow-up. The Encore Theater appears in the '73 directory at 5308 Melrose . . . XXX--3545. According to Cinema treasures, it started out in the '40s as the "Melvan" and later became a TV sound stage and warehouse before being revamped and renamed the Encore (1963), before another rechristening as the Continental ('80s) and ending up as a place exclusive for the parking of cars.

Photos (that don't reproduce well) and misspelling of theater name (Melvin): http://s3.amazonaws.com/bo-assets/pr...lksBKWUr8fU%3D


http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1348072935 http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1348072935

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