Completed in 1920, the charm & artistry of the French Village made it instantly popular with Hollywood’s creative elite. The charming French Pavilion had originally been home to the designer Adrian. By 1930, it had been taken over by writer Cyril Hume & his wife, actress Helen Chandler. Both were to achieve notable successes while living there, Hume as the screenwriter for Tarzan of the Apes for MGM & Chandler as “Mina,” in Dracula (1931), which was filmed just up the Pass at Universal.
This is the ticket booth of Grauman's Chinese Theatre forecourt during the May 1936 run of an MGM picture called “Robin Hood of El Dorado” starring Warner Baxter. This booth was added to Grauman’s in 1934 and was referred to as a “grind” box-office. That marked the change from presenting a “movie + stage show” format to a “short + newsreel + feature.” This format (known as “grind”) ran continuously all day and you could stay as long as you wanted!