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Graybeard Jun 5, 2014 1:00 AM

Martin Pal Jun 5, 2014 3:27 AM




Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 6604089)
Sometimes I find a useful way to wrap your head around a problem of neighborhood is to visit the local Giant Model of Downtown in 1940...

Interesting comment on the model:

What have you just seen? A model of Los Angeles, built by the WPA from 1938-40, for the purposes of city planning (via which they evidently deduced “it all goes!”)…on a related note, this model was once many, many times larger. The County (whose infinite wisdom never ceases to inspire) dumpster’d the majority of it in the 70s.

Incredible, just throwing it out. May someone have wanted to buy it, or take it for free? I mean, really.

Otis Criblecoblis Jun 5, 2014 4:59 AM


Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6604773)
Casablanca was filmed at Van Nuys on Hayvenhurst, then known as Metropolitan Airport.

Yeah, you rite. I had some bad information there. But I'm SURE that Bright Eyes was filmed there.

GaylordWilshire Jun 5, 2014 11:29 AM


Re "Bright Eyes"--there may have been scenes actually filmed at Grand Central, but the airplane interior was a mockup with process film seen through the windows.

Prior post:
From the sequence here:

Tourmaline Jun 5, 2014 12:55 PM

Unidentified Los Angeles residence, circa 1890 by photographer Wm Fletcher.

Chuckaluck Jun 5, 2014 1:11 PM

El Miro theater. 1441 Third Street, Santa Monica. Mort.

Leo Carillo!

Chuckaluck Jun 5, 2014 1:48 PM

Fox Carthay Circle Theater, in preparation for premier of Wee Willie Winkie.


Oct '36 "Make a Wish"

Shirley Temple calls Johnny English, and brings cheer to the dying 14-year-old Chicago boy. (From LAPL)

1939 - Little Princess premier.

Interior same premier. Wendy Barrie in foreground.

Does this bridge still exist?


Shirley Temple, child film star, and Mayor Maurice J. Tobin, of Boston, are shown dedicating a new Los Angeles bridge just built on the 20th Century-Fox studio lot in Westwood in a ceremony witnessed by studio executives and employes [sic]. The bridge will cross Olympic boulevard when it is extended westward through the studio lot to West Los Angeles and the ocean

Chuckaluck Jun 5, 2014 2:01 PM

1901 - Sweet Peas at "about" Sunset and Fairfax.

1914 - Robinson Estate, BH "Sweet Pea Canyon."

Undated and unidentified sweet pea fan, somewhere in Hollywood.

1923 - "Bonnie Mayle" amidst sweet peas.

MichaelRyerson Jun 5, 2014 3:05 PM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6606412)
Interior same premier. Wendy Barrie in foreground.

Wendy's intertwined with an impossibly young Richard Greene. Gregory Ratoff directly behind Shirley.

Joe Gillis Jun 5, 2014 3:08 PM

Does this bridge still exist?[/B][/QUOTE]

Its just to the right of the 'S' in the watermark on here, see the building on the far side matches



Judging by the row of skinny buildings to the right of the large soundstages my rough guesstimate would be where the red circle is

Google Maps

Joe Gillis Jun 5, 2014 3:29 PM

Actually looking at the vintage shot, to the right of the bridge is a sort of retaining embankment, could it be the one above, would put the bridge about where the railings are I reckon

Google Maps

Found a shot in 1976 with it still there

You can make the picture much larger in the link

HossC Jun 5, 2014 3:48 PM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6606383)


"Opened in 1938, the only part of the old El Miro Theatre that is left is the facade. The theater was razed in the late 80’s and the newer Cineplex Broadway 4 Theatre is located on that site now."

This part of Third Street is now Third Street Promenade, so there's no Streetview image. This one was taken from Broadway.

Here are a couple more images I found on
Stan S./

HossC Jun 5, 2014 5:58 PM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6606412)


Originally Posted by Joe Gillis (Post 6606495)

Judging by the row of skinny buildings to the right of the large soundstages my rough guesstimate would be where the red circle is
Google Maps

Here's the bridge in 1953. At the time it was still the only bridge over Olympic in this area.
Historic Aerials

It looks like the bridge was still there in 1980, but the area to the north had been cleared. Just to the east is the much wider Avenue of the Stars.
Historic Aerials

This 2004 image (converted to grayscale to match the others) is pretty similar to what you'd see today.
Historic Aerials

The tower that now stands at southern end of the old bridge location (the base of which is visible at the top of Joe Gillis's aerial picture) is Fox Plaza, better known to fans of 'Die Hard' as Nakatomi Plaza.

Tourmaline Jun 5, 2014 8:24 PM

Don't let Mount Disappointment be a let down.

Once home to Switzer-Land resort. Wire ahead for availablity.

1905 - The way up.

Circa 1916


Chuckaluck Jun 5, 2014 9:22 PM

February 1944 - Broadway, Freedom Parade Everything is Fabulous!

Chuckaluck Jun 5, 2014 9:59 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6492834) which airport is this?

It took me quite awhile to locate the plane and the parachutist. lol -let me know if you can't find the parachutist..I'll circle him.
dated 1929/ebay

I didn't realize at first that the dark diagonal lines were rows and rows of automobiles.

Moreland Aircraft (Eventually taken over by Douglas/Northrop

Chuckaluck Jun 5, 2014 10:10 PM


Originally Posted by Otis Criblecoblis (Post 6604536)
Grand Central Air Terminal is not Burbank Airport, although that's what it says on the Pasadena History Museum site. Burbank's airport was Lockheed Air Terminal. Grand Central was in Glendale, and it's the airport used in many films, including Casablanca.

2-14-30 Grand Central

5-30-30 Burbank does its own celebrating


ethereal_reality Jun 5, 2014 11:14 PM


Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 6602914)
Remnants of the California State Building

Beaudry, it was really interesting seeing your CSB photographs. Thanks for sharing them with us.


...and there's a Pretty Woman connection.


ethereal_reality Jun 5, 2014 11:39 PM

...which led me to this news item from 6 days ago.

-file this under Contemporary Noir.

ethereal_reality Jun 6, 2014 12:08 AM

A rare cyanotype of Chinatown, 1890s.

-so far, one bid for $99.00.

detail/teapots in the window

The cyanotype process.

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