An epic view of Wilshire Boulevard looking eastward toward downtown. There are many recognizable buildings in the shot, including the Ambassador Hotel with its flagpole on top. The photo was probably taken mid to late 1930s, at a time when buildings were not allowed to be taller than the Los Angeles City Hall. (LAPL 00079561)  Bizarre Los Angeles

An epic view of Wilshire Boulevard looking eastward toward downtown. There are many recognizable buildings in the shot, including the Ambassador Hotel with its flagpole on top. The photo was probably taken mid to late

Old Hollywood, with the observatory in the background

Looking up the palm tree-lined residential area of Normandie and Franklin Avenue toward the Griffith Park Observatory. Photo dated LAPL Photo Archive

Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1947

From here we have a glorious color photo of Vine Street, Hollywood, looking north toward Hollywood Boulevard. Most prominently, we can see the Tom Breneman’s Hollywood Restaurant, which became famous when Breneman started hosting his “Breakfast in H

The original "Hollywoodland" sign in 1923.

Iconic Hollywood sign used to say “Hollywoodland”. The sign was first erected in 1923 and originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND”. Its purpose was to advertise the name of a new housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles….

The Hollywood sign was erected in 1923 to promote the 'Hollywoodland' real estate development. By the 1940s, it was in disrepair, and neighbors wanted it torn down. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce pushed to have the sign repaired and rebuilt, removing the 'land.'

The Hollywood sign was erected in 1923 to promote the 'Hollywoodland' real estate development. By the it was in disrepair, and neighbors wanted it torn down. In the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce pushed to have the sign repaired and rebuilt, r

Here’s a wonderful snapshot of life in Los Angeles in 1931, featuring three things that Angelenos at the time would all have known, but whose names are largely forgotten nowadays: the magnificently palatial Los Angeles Theatre (opened in 1931 with Chaplin’s “City Lights” which is playing in this photo); Bullocks Department Store, which had a number of branches around LA, the best of which was on Wilshire; and Kress, a five-and-dime store whose best-known branch was on Hollywood Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Theatre . Bullocks Department Store, Kress Five Dime, Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway, been there many times, what memories! Los Angeles was so beautiful back then!

Capitol Records Tower Under Construction

Construction of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, California 1955

Vintage photo of "Hollywood and Vine" sign overlooking Capitol Records building in Los Angeles. Note the lack of traffic.

Vintage photo of "Hollywood and Vine" sign overlooking Capitol Records building in Los Angeles. Note the lack of traffic.

1967 Cinerama Dome Theater On Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood

1967 Cinerama Dome Theater On Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood I'm pretty sure this is how i remember seeing the dome for the first time. I would be a little later though, I saw 2001 there.

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