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Fab Fifties Fan Nov 23, 2011 7:27 PM

Given my fascination with vanished Los Angeles movie palaces, I just had to go looking for more on the Figueroa Theater. Here are some interior photos from the LAPL site. They are dated 1945.



All images LAPL

~Jon Paul

gsjansen Nov 23, 2011 8:45 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5490122)
If you look closely you can find the 'calle de los negros' building in the lower left of this striking aerial photo.
usc digital archive

I have a that Brew 102 at upper left with the smoke emanating from the smoke stack?
Also...what is the extremely long building just beyond this factory/brewery? Is it a R.R. building?

At the extreme upper right is the bottom half of the enormous Los Angeles County Hospital.


the maier brewery was on aliso. it is on the right, (out of view), and slightly to the west of the gasometer in the photograh
Source: LAPL

malumot Nov 24, 2011 5:37 PM beat me to it on the color pics, ER! LOL

I found Wetzel's site a couple days ago.......Gotta be fast around here!

Anyway......I seem to recall the Hotel Coliseum still standing around 1970. We'd come down to see a Ram game every few years, and even as a gradeschooler I was enamored with 5-story brick buildings and fire escapes......the type of thing you'd see in old movies but didn't have any of in my little town. So I would notice.

Wonder when they brought it down? When they widened the Harbor Freeway perhaps? The replacement (no surprise) is the dreaded 2-story L-shaped mini mall. Checked it out on Google Earth. The tenant list is also unsurprising. I ask only: How many nails need be done? How many donuts eaten? How many checks cashed?


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5489790)

malumot Nov 24, 2011 5:46 PM

Yes.....those SIGNS......

Can you imagine standing at the corner of Fig and Santa Barbara one night and looking up and seeing that giant sign in the sky all lit up!


Originally Posted by PHX31 (Post 5490579)
Beautiful theater and a great sign. Interesting, if you look at the sign in each picture they are different. At some point it was the "Figueroa Theater"... and at another point it became the "Fox Figueroa Theater". I wonder which came first. Probably Figueroa Theater --> Fox Figueroa Theater. Looks like they had to expand the sign upwards slightly to include "Fox".... unless they made a whole new sign that looked almost the same just slightly taller. They sure don't make signs like they used to.

FredH Nov 24, 2011 5:51 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to All
A card from 1908
personal collection

JoeW Nov 25, 2011 1:35 AM

My Mom was enjoying the pictures of the Fox Figueroa Theater and recalled that her family would go there often. She says there was a man that was outside dressed in white with white gloves and he sold taffy. She says the taffy was very good. Thanks for the pictures.

rick m Nov 25, 2011 2:03 AM


Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5488917)
yep G_W called it. 1937 Dodge Business Coupe. They came with or without rumble seat.

~Jon Paul

My old auto buff pal Ray told me these Dodge models referred to as " doctor's cars" as they would make housecalls with them- a very budget concious clientele of the time - no passenger seats worked just fine for this sole purpose..

GaylordWilshire Nov 25, 2011 3:25 PM
Speaking of '37 Dodge coupes, here's one--or possibly a '36--in the movie Cadillac Records of
2008 (at lower right). At first I thought that this movie must have had incredible art direction,
but then I realize that this has to be a vintage clip used in the movie. The streetlamps, the
semaphore, the streetcar tracks.... Or is it some sort of composite? Could the building line
down the east side of Main, including the Regent Theater, really be as intact as it appears to
be? The movie is set in Chicago, but in actuality we're looking south from Main and Winston in L.A. Street View

Back to cars for a minute... the caption for this pic says it's Ginger Rogers posing with a new '36 Dodge coupe--not
sure it's her--but, anyway, the horn housings below the headlights seem to be one thing that distinguishes
the '36 from the '37. at the Curb

And as far as business coupes go, these were generally coupes that were marketed to traveling salesmen (or doctors)
in which the rear seat was removed, often replaced with a flat shelf for sample cases, etc. My favorites were the
Chrysler Corp. coupes with trunks that were longer than their hoods. I know that Ford was offering a business coupe as late as 1960.

ethereal_reality Nov 25, 2011 10:43 PM


Originally Posted by JoeW (Post 5492431)
My Mom was enjoying the pictures of the Fox Figueroa Theater and recalled that her family would go there often. She says there was a man that was outside dressed in white with white gloves and he sold taffy. She says the taffy was very good. Thanks for the pictures.

That's a great thing for your Mom to remember after all these years. Everything was so civilized back then.

GaylordWilshire Nov 25, 2011 11:34 PM

Those Who Squirm! Nov 26, 2011 5:53 AM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5072691)

Wow, great pics, and kudos to finding the house!

I've never seen [ Lady In A Cage, but it] looks like something I'd enjoy. I should look for it. I mean come on, Ann Sothern, Olivia de Havilland in a cage, a young Jimmy Caan and shots of LA circa 1964? Sounds like a must-see to me. The camp factor also seems pretty high.

Did anyone mention yet that it has beatniks in it? Beatniks, I mean to say! Which in the world of early '60s television and film melodrama, meant jive talking thugs who liked a jazz soundtrack while spitting in the eye of contemporary values and victimizing the defenseless.

Yes, it's got some camp to it.

LarryN Nov 26, 2011 9:24 AM

It looks like a 36 Studebaker they have a straight chrome molding on the side of the hood the grille matches and rad hood ornament,check the web site to be sure have a good day nice picture.

GaylordWilshire Nov 26, 2011 8:30 PM

ethereal_reality Nov 26, 2011 9:27 PM

:previous: ooh la we're talking.

Cherie's was located on the 2nd floor of this beautiful building.
google street view

I wonder where residence GLadstone 9034 was? Is there a way to figure out a location by an old phone number?

Fab Fifties Fan Nov 26, 2011 9:38 PM


Originally Posted by LarryN (Post 5493815)
It looks like a 36 Studebaker they have a straight chrome molding on the side of the hood the grille matches and rad hood ornament,check the web site to be sure have a good day nice picture.

Hey Larry,

Whilst they do have a great deal of similar ovreall design features, those are definitely 36 Dodges in the earlier posts.

1936-37 Studies were discussed way back in post #2709 on this thread and the most immediately discernable difference from Dodge is the split windshield and, our favorite design element, the batwing rear window!

1936 Studebaker

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

~Jon Paul

ethereal_reality Nov 27, 2011 12:11 AM

It's so great that the little Hollywoodland Realty Co. cottage has survived all these years.

below: You can see it just inside the Hollywoodland gates on Beachwood Canyon Drive, circa 1923.

below: The quaint little cottage as it appears today.
google street view

below: Here's another 1923 photo of the gate, this time with the investors (and an even better view of the Hollywoodland Realty Co. office)

below: The stone gate/entryway to 'Hollywoodland' still stands as well.
google street view

below: I had forgotten that there was a clock on the reverse side of the gate. Why not both sides I wonder?
Perhaps they thought that time was more important for the commuters rushing off to work....less so on their return to their homes (and wives)
google street view

ethereal_reality Nov 27, 2011 12:44 AM

There is also this attractive building just inside the gate on the west side (you can see the Hollywoodland gate portal to the left)
Next to this building around the bend is a small market with a modern facade (a portion of it is visible behind that old street light)
google street view

below: Next to the Hollywoodland Realty Co. cottage is this second cottage probably built at the same time but out of view in the 1923 photographs.
google street view

ethereal_reality Nov 27, 2011 1:05 AM

The Hollywood Hills before the homes.

below: Road Building

below: Two starlets helping to publicize the Hollywoodland Real Estate venture (notice the Hollywoodland sign)

Does anyone recognize these two steam-shovel nymphs?

mars3941 Nov 27, 2011 1:44 AM

The question came up as to why Fred McMurry was wearing a wedding ring in Double I. It was an error that wasn't discovered untill later so Wilder just let it ride.

sopas ej Nov 27, 2011 1:56 AM

Just came back from seeing "The Artist." Great film! I recommend it.

It's a French production, but shot entirely in Los Angeles, set in the period 1927-1932, is in black-and-white, and is a silent film. It was the darling of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and there's speculation that it might be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. If it is, it would be the first silent film to be nominated for Best Picture since 1928's "The Patriot."

They shot scenes in the Orpheum Theatre, the Bradbury Building, various Hollywood backlots, and from what I've read, they even used Mary Pickford's first mansion.

Here's the trailer:
Video Link

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