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ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 5:39 PM

scene from Without Warning, courtesy Sonny_LA

Dreamland Dance Hall was located on the second floor of the old Burbank (later Burlesk) Theater at 540 S. Main Street.
(I know we've covered this earlier in the thread but it's just so damn interesting ;))

You can see the 'Dreamland' signs beneath the roof-line on the Burlesk Theater in this undated image.

ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 5:46 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5059831)
On April 4th, 1958 Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death in Lana Turner's Beverly Hills Home (730 N. Bedford Drive).
The assailant was Turner's teenage daughter Cheryl Crane.
Los Angeles Mirror

CBD, Here's Johnny (dead on the floor)

ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 5:48 PM

..and here's GW's take on the murder. (the murder house is still there, relatively unchanged) -new carpet perhaps. ;)


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5060269)
Johnny Stompanato, originator of the
medallion-in-chest-hair fashion trend
730 N. Bedford Drive: the arrow marks Lana's pink (now-
crimson) boudoir Street View
One of an increasingly rare number of unchanged Beverly Hills houses
Hollywood glamour reduced to a black-and-white diagram
The actual knife--imagine the force it took to get this big knife through
all that hair and muscle--or is such a stabbing easier than I think?
Courtroom reenactment, with Johnny the
Poor Lana--or was she attempting to win an Oscar?
Johnny in 1952

ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 6:00 PM

Last but not least, the murderess.


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5061417)

ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 6:41 PM

This is so strange. At first I thought it was a take on Mary had a Little Lamb, but that doesn't explain the lighthouse feature.

GaylordWilshire Aug 2, 2013 7:50 PM

More Wilshire/Vermont

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 6005816)
Appears that the street lighting was in transition. Notice post without lighting fixture

The smaller pole was awaiting a 3-light signal of the sort that would replace the semaphores, one of which, apparently still in use in 1952, is seen at far right in the bigger pic. This complete lamp stood seven block west at Normandie:


Originally Posted by BifRayRock
Notice changed roofing and construction above the drug store - in conformity with - something.

The Busch building went up in 1923; perhaps it was for seismic reasons, but you do wonder what they were thinking when stripping away all its character. A few ads from 1924:

Below is another view east on Wilshire from just east of Vermont--here, the recently discussed Shettler house still stands at left. Bullock's will rise where the trees are. All of the property on the south side of Wilshire from Vermont to the Shettler house (in a square extending 3/4 of the way south to 7th St) had belonged to the Busch family for many years. Unlike the other three Wilshire/Vermont corners on which big houses were built (the Lacy, Burkhard, and Hancock houses), nothing was ever built at the southeast corner of Vermont until the Busch building above. One family member had a house on the property at 3124 before Shatto Place was cut south from Wilshire--that house was on the empty lot to the left of the Wilshire Special. (The house was most likely demolished but may have been moved--while the new locations of many houses that were moved from older Wilshire neighborhoods are known, it seems that quite a few may be unknown.) The Ebell Club bought the 3124 corner in the early '20s in anticipation of a move from Figueroa, but the value of the new property went up so fast that the girls cashed out a few years later and bought the club's current location at Wilshire and Lucerne.

Add'l pics LAT, USCDL

ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 8:22 PM

:previous: very interesting GW.

scene from 'Without Warning', posted earlier by Sonny LA.

I had to check out that 'Amityville' looking house.

Yes, it's still there...looking quite noirish.

CityBoyDoug Aug 2, 2013 8:23 PM

Life goes on....

Sonny☼LA Aug 2, 2013 8:23 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6219600)
Dreamland Dance Hall was located on the second floor of the old Burbank (later Burlesk) Theater at 540 S. Main Street.
(I know we've covered this earlier in the thread but it's just so damn interesting ;))

That scene where he's walking along Main Street at night is pure gold. Something about it - whether they were extras or they just filmed the existing crowd...the faces just scream noir.

ethereal_reality Aug 2, 2013 8:43 PM

The Jantzen* Diver in the median of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Mark Luethi at

*It's actually a replica of the Virginia Court Motel diver in Meridian, Mississippi.

It sure looks like the Jantzen diver in my opinion.:)

vintage matchbook cover

austlar1 Aug 2, 2013 9:24 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6219612)
CBD, Here's Johnny (dead on the floor)

Nice bedroom. Nice flowers. Nice corpse. It almost seems like it was a staged photo shoot. "Hoodlum lover dead in movie star's bedroom" kind of thing.

Oviatt Building Fan Aug 2, 2013 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6218696)

..................................................................................Blue suede shoes!

ethereal_reality Aug 3, 2013 1:20 AM

William Andrews Clark Library redux.

originally posted by Sonny_LA

view from W. Adams Street

I knew about the library, but somehow the private observatory had slipped past me.

library sans observatory
Adam Levine at

stunning ceiling
Adam Janeiro

Adam Janeiro

donnjmck at

the nymph fountain

my favorite, the graceful bird fountain

archaic intercom in the library

And finally, William Andrews Clark Jr.'s tomb in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

ethereal_reality Aug 3, 2013 1:58 AM


Originally Posted by Sonny☼LA (Post 6216295)
I can't find an image of that original house but I seem to remember hearing when I visited that it was removed by the UCLA, possibly due to structural deficiencies.

Sonny_LA, I believe this is jr.'s house on W. Adams Street.

circa 1951. The residence was torn down in 1971.
old cd of mine

Is that the library in the distance?

westcork Aug 3, 2013 3:53 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6219519)
I wasn't aware of this film until your post Sonny LA. Thanks for all the great screen grabs! (enjoyed your comments as well)

-anyone recognize this neon from the film?
courtesy Sonny LA

Paradise Motel on the corner of Sunset and Bellevue/Beaudry. It looks like the neon has been removed. I lived directly above this motel (on Sunvue) in my younger days

You posted it here in 2008

CityBoyDoug Aug 3, 2013 4:18 AM


ethereal_reality Aug 3, 2013 3:08 PM

Excellent westcork. I didn't recognize it in the Without Warning screen-grab.
Boy, that is one noirish looking no-tell motel CBD.

CityBoyDoug Aug 3, 2013 5:29 PM

Not exactly 4 Star..

ethereal_reality Aug 3, 2013 5:33 PM

Death Plunge

ethereal_reality Aug 3, 2013 5:49 PM

then and now

1088 S. Fairfax Ave.

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