Hollywood And LA...The Great Days

Inglewood, CA 1954


Westwood LA In 1946


Same Scene in 2012

Premiere night at one of Hollywood's great theaters...the Carthay Circle Theater

The May Company looking south west. Simons is across the street at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire. Carthay Circle can also be seen in the distance.

The legendary Brown Derby...how could they have EVER torn it down?

Ciro's nightclub located at 8433 Sunset Boulevard, on the Sunset Strip, opened in January 1940, by entrepreneur William Wilkerson.[1] Herman Hover took over management of Ciro's in 1942 until it closed its doors in 1957. 

Ciro's combined an overdone baroque interior and an unadorned exterior and became a famous hangout for movie people of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. It was one of "the" places to be seen and guaranteed being written about in the gossip columns of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons.
Among the galaxy of celebrities who frequented Ciro's were Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Sidney Poitier, Anita Ekberg, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Joan Crawford, Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, George Raft, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Judy Garland, June Allyson and Dick Powell, Mamie Van Doren, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Peter Lawford, and Lana Turner (who often said Ciro's was her favorite nightspot) among many others. During his first visit toHollywood in the late 1940s, future President John F. Kennedy dined at Ciro's.

In the 1960s, Ciro's became a Sunset Strip rock and roll club, and was the only major venue to make such a transition while keeping its original name. The Byrds got their start there in 1964. Accounts of the period (reproduced in the sleeve notes to The Preflyte Sessions box set) describe a "church-like" atmosphere, with interpretive dancing. The club also served as the host during the recording of the 1965 Dick Dale album "Rock Out With Dick Dale: Live At Ciro's"

Co-founder Wilkerson also opened other nightclubs on the Sunset Strip such as Cafe Trocadero and later The Flamingo in Las Vegas.
In 1977, after his second release from prison, serial killer Rodney Alcala's Los Angeles parole officer permitted him to travel back to New York City to visit relatives. NYPD cold-case investigators now believe that one week after arriving in Manhattan, Alcala killed Herman Hover's daughter, Ellen Jane Hover, 23, and buried her on the grounds of the Rockefeller Estate in Westchester County.[2] Since his 1979 arrest for the rape and murder of a California girl, Alcala has been incarcerated in San Quentin and is now on Death Row.
Ciro's became the Comedy Store in 1972


Court Street railway that rose up Bunker Hill from Broadway between 1st and Temple streets


Life at the Olympic Trailer Court in Santa Monica


Oil derrick on La Cienega Blvd near Beverly Blvd


Hollywood Street Cards - 1950s



7th And Grand In Downtown LA - 1930s




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