California Theaters

I’ve always liked old movie theaters and I look for stories and articles about old movie theaters in architectural journals.

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I found some more theater images in this. It's Architectural Digest.

I found some theater images in this publication. It’s Architectural Digest.

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Here's the Tower Theater in 2015.

Here’s the Tower Theater in 2015.

From another angle.

From another angle.

It's lost its tower cap.

The tower has lost its cap.

With my shake-y arm this is the best photo I could get of this decorative urn.

With my shake-y arm this is the best photo I could get of this decorative urn.

The woman (an actress?) is looking into a mirror and the man (the director?) has a megaphone. They're both naked.

The woman (an actress?) is looking into a mirror and the man (the director?) has a megaphone. They’re both naked. Hmmm.

Here's the Tower Theater in an advertisement.

Here’s the Tower Theater in an advertisement.

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The Mayan.

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The theater is still there an largely intact.

The Mayan Theater is still standing.

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How did that original marquee survive all these years? I’m glad it did.

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This vertical sign wasn’t original to the building but I like it. It looks like its from the 1940s.

Under the marquee it's not painted. Interior photos can most likely be found online. It's a dance club now. The seats were removed an the floor was leveled. I remember going into this theater years ago when it was a XXX theater. The interior was completely intact.

Under the marquee it’s not painted. It’s a dance club now. The seats were removed and the floor was leveled. I remember going into this theater years ago when it was a XXX movie theater. The interior was completely intact. The movie was, uh, okay.

I found the Hollywood Egyptian in Architect and Engineer.

I found the Hollywood Egyptian in Architect and Engineer.

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I saw Singing in the Rain here, on Christmas day, back in the 90s. I went with my friend Mark.

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I found this photograph online but it didn't specify where the photograph came from or who took the photo. Since Doug is my favorite I had to include it.

I found this photograph online but where I found it — didn’t specify who took the photo. It had to be a major Hollywood photographer. Since Doug is my favorite silent film star I’m including it.

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He’s the guy that’s sculpted, in stone, near the front entrance of the Million Dollar Theater.

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The American Cinematheque programs the Egyptian Theater now. They show all kinds of films: classic films, art films, documentaries.

This photo is from Charles Beardsley's book on Grauman. I'm only including because of the train tracks in front of the theater and all brick-a-brack in the courtyard.

This photo is from Charles Beardsley’s book on Grauman. I’m only including it because of the train tracks in front of the theater and all bric-a-brac in the courtyard.

I found some more images of the Egyptian in American Architect. Some of the images are the same as those in Architect and Engineer while others are completely different. I’m including them.

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I found this “photo” article on Recent California Theaters in an issue of Pacific Coast Architect. It’s from July 1927. The photographs are great.

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That’s a beautiful theater. I don’t know if it still exists or not.

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My friend Keith sent me this web address with information about the Alhambra.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambra_Theatre_(San_Francisco)

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That’s an interior shot of the Castro in San Francisco.

Here's an exterior shot.

Here’s an exterior shot.

The only photos of the Castro I have I took when I went up to San Francisco for a book reading.

The only photos of the Castro I have I took when I went up to San Francisco for a book reading.

I'm not the best picture taker. I should have gotten the whole poster case. Alas, I didn't.

I’m not the best picture taker. I should have gotten the whole poster case but I didn’t.

My friend Bob got more of the front.

My best friend Bob got more of the facade.

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The El Capitan. Notice the marquee.

This is a fantastic marquee and I hate to say it but it has to be an improvement on the original.

This is a fantastic marquee and I hate to say it but it has to be an improvement over the original.

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Another view.

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From the westside of the building. Jimmy Kimmel films his show in the old Masonic Temple next door.

From the westside of the building. Jimmy Kimmel tapes his show in the old Masonic Temple next door.

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This isn’t on the building in the Pacific Coast Architect photos but it’s a nice addition to the theater.

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The El Capitan is owned by Disney now. It has a stage show along with the feature film and it's well worth the price of admission. I remember seeing The Rocketeer here years ago.

The El Capitan is owned by Disney now. It has a stage show along with the feature film and it’s well worth the price of admission. I remember seeing The Rocketeer here years ago.

The ornate ceiling.

The ornate ceiling above the ticket booth.

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The El Capitan is in the heart of Hollywood.

I found this advertisement in a playbill for the Hollywood Playhouse.

I found this advertisement in a playbill for the Hollywood Playhouse. It’s from June 4, 1934.

I found some interior photos of the El Capitan in an issue of Architect and Engineer.

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Look at those cars! …I want my living room to look like the woman’s lounge.

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This is the old asbestos curtain. The new curtain has an image of a man and a woman dancing on it. I think the image is supposed to invoke Astaire and Rodgers. It’s okay but it’s really show-y. I suspect they had to remove this curtain for obvious reasons.

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The Belasco is located in downtown Los Angeles on Hill Street right next to the Mayan Theater.

The Belasco Theater 2015. It looks so much more glorious in the Pacific Coast Architect photo.

The Belasco Theater 2015. It looks so much more glorious in the Pacific Coast Architect photo. Maybe, because in the Pacific Coast Architect photo the theater is actually visible? What’s missing? The vertical sign and the large marquee for starters.

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I can't add much to the PCA photos except color. This sprite is at the center of the building near the top.

I can’t add much to the PCA photos except color. These ladies are at the top of the building.

For a long time the Belasco Theater was used as a church. This sign remains form those days.

For a long time the Belasco Theater was used as a church. This sign remains from those days.

I really like that neon sign that says, "Prayer Changes Things." I want it for my bedroom.

I really like that neon sign that says, “Prayer Changes Things.” I want it for my bedroom.

Another image of the Belasco but even closer. I find this theater very attractive in its original exterior configuration.

Another image of the Belasco but even closer. I find this theater very attractive in its original exterior configuration.

The following article about the Chinese Theater is in a 1927 issue of American Architect. The text in the article is a bit too flowery, and not really informative, but the photographs are great.

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See that hanging chandelier in the middle of the auditorium? It’s no longer there.

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Chinese sink knobs!

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See that stage box and the pagoda on the stage? Neither are there anymore. According to Charles Beardsley’s book, Hollywood’s Master Showman, the stage pagoda was gotten rid of when sound arrived. The sound vibrated the pagoda pieces and patrons found the noise distracting.

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The Chinese Theater offers tours for $10. I took one.

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The Chinese Theater in 2015.

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In the American Architect article it states that there were fountains in the courtyard when the theater opened. This is one of the fountains. I’ve never seen it working but you can see the spout under the triangle that sits beneath the figure.

A display case in the forecourt.

A display case in the forecourt.

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The entrance.

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A view of the lobby right inside the front door.

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Another view.

In the lobby they have a number of dresses from famous movies. This one is from Gone With the Wind.

In the lobby they have a number of dresses from famous movies. This one is from Gone With the Wind.

This one is pretty famous.

This is from The Wizard of Oz but you knew that.

It's from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

It’s from Thoroughly Modern Millie. Only the most fabulous knew that.

Also, in the lobby is a small case with brochures from premieres that have taken place at the Chinese.

Also in the lobby is a small case with brochures from premieres that have taken place at the Chinese.

More brochures from the case.

More brochures from the case.

The carpet in the lobby looks like this.

The carpet in the lobby looks like this.

In a little room adjacent to the main lobby is a small room with pretty wallpaper (see above) where patrons can get straws and butter topping for their popcorn.

Adjacent to the main lobby is a small room with pretty hand-painted wallpaper (see above) where patrons can get straws for their beverages and butter topping for their popcorn.

The light fixture for the room with the pretty wallpaper is pretty bold.

The light fixture in the room with the pretty wallpaper is very bold.

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An outer aisle runs down the entire length of the theater on both sides.

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Charles Beardsley’s Grauman book claims the original curtain was blue.

This is the light fixture that adorns the center of the theater now.

This is the light fixture that adorns the center of the theater now.

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I found these five photos in Architectural Record. I’m mainly including them because of the first three photos. In this image there’s a house sitting next to the auditorium. How cool. You could walk through the dirt to the movies.

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As for this one, there are no people in the forecourt. No people. That doesn’t happen anymore.

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Uh, no handprints or footprints.

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Just a few….

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The United Artists Theater opened in 1927 but I've found nothing about it in any of the architectural journals I regularly peruse. How is that possible? It was built by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith. The first movie shown was a Mary Pickford film.

The United Artists Theater opened in 1927 but I’ve found nothing about it in any of the architectural journals I regularly peruse. How is that possible? It was built by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith. The first movie shown was a Mary Pickford film.

Here's a straightforward view.

Here’s a straightforward view.

Above the entrance.

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These statues don't invoke the gayity like the statues at the Million Dollar Theater.

These statues don’t possess the gaiety that the statues at the Million Dollar Theater have.

The building that surrounds the theater is the Ace Hotel. The theater has almost taken a backseat to the hotel. The Hotel is very trendy and intended for hipsters. I'm very happy the theater has been saved.

The building that surrounds the theater is the Ace Hotel. The hotel is very trendy and intended for hipsters who want an urban experience. I’m happy the theater has been saved along with the building even if it was by a bunch of hipster-types.

Since I want interior photos I bought a ticket to see one of my favorite sappy shows, in advance, so I can get some interior photos.

The link is to this...

The United Artists Theater in an advertisement.

The United Artists Theater in an advertisement.

I did find this where I work.

I did find this where I work.

I was very excited.

I was very excited.

I couldn't hide my glee when I ran across this and emailed and phoned everyone I knew at the off-site, library storage facility where this was being held.

I couldn’t hide my glee when I ran across this and emailed and phoned everyone I knew at the off-site, library storage facility where this item was held.

I was eagerly awaiting receipt of this item.

I eagerly awaited receipt of the item. After I paged it — it came the next day. That’s Mary Pickford above.

Unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected it to be.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I expected.

I thought it was going to be a souvenir program with inside photographs of the theater.

I thought it was going to be a souvenir program with interior photographs of the theater.

Instead, it was simply a souvenir program for the Mary Pickford film.

Instead, it was a souvenir program for the Mary Pickford film.

You can see what the interior of the theater looks like in the drawings on each page but in this case I think a picture is better than a drawing.

You can see what the interior of the theater looks like in the drawings on each page but in this case I think a picture is better than a drawing. On December 13th I went to the UA to see a preview of Downton Abbey and got some interior photos.

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There was very little light. The lobby was cavernous, arched and gothic.

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These mirrors, one on both sides of the entrance, are right inside the front doors.

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How did it survive virtually unaltered?

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There is a blue theme going on in the auditorium.

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This is looking up at the ceiling in the auditorium. There is no hanging chandelier.

There are murals on both sides of the theater with silent film stars.

There are murals on both sides of the theater with depictions of silent film stars. This one has Mary Pickford. She’s in white. I’m not sure but those guys on the horses, might be, the four horseman of the apocalypse. I think I remember a docent telling me that years ago.

Here's a close up of Mary along with Douglas Fairbanks. This is a photo by Don Solosan of the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation. A foundation I use to belong to a long time ago.

Here’s a close up of the previous mural with Mary P. and Douglas Fairbanks. This photo is by Don Solosan of the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation. I belonged to that foundation a long time ago when Hillsman Wright, Rory Cunningham and John Miller were board members.

Here’s the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation website:

http://www.lahtf.org/

The other wall -- the other mural. This one has Doug, Rudy and Chaplin.

The other wall — the other mural. This one has Doug, Rudy and Chaplin.

Another Don Solosan photograph.

Another Don Solosan photograph.

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I’m including this because: a) I like it and b) it reminds me of an image in Aliens where Ripley goes in search of Newt and finds her cocooned up against a wall with other colonists.

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There was a costume contest at the conclusion of the screening. A man who dressed up like a “dead” Matthew was one of the winners.

So I was looking for information on the Richfield building and I stumbled onto four photographs of the United Artists Theater.

So, I was looking for information on the Richfield building in April of 2016 and I stumbled upon four photographs of the United Artists Theater.

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All of these images are from January 1929.

Me, in a very grainy selfie. I always look like a hoodlum.

Me, in a very grainy selfie. I always look like a hoodlum.

Intolerance Babylon elephant. My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

 

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Allen, H. (1929, July). Recent California theaters. Pacific Coast Architect, 32(1), 10-29.

Beardsley, C. (1983). Hollywood’s master showman. Cranbury, NJ: Cornwell Books.

Belasco theater. (1928, January). The Architect and Engineer, 92(1), 63.

Bitter Harvest. (1934, June 4). Playgoer: Hollywood Playhouse. p.28.

Chinese theater, at Hollywood, California. (1927, July 20). American Architect. 132(2525), 251-268.

Grauman theater, Hollywood, Cal. (1923, January 21). American Architect-The Architectural Review, 123(2412), plates.

Jennings, F. (1923, March). A theater designed in the Egyptian style. The Architect & Engineer, 72(3), 77-84.

Lansburgh, G. A. (1927, February). The El Capitan theater and department store building, Hollywood. The Architect & Engineer, 88(2), 34-43.

Mayan theater. (1928). Architectural Digest, 4(4), 8-11.

Portfolio current architecture. (1927, July). The Architectural Record, 62(1), 113-122.

Tower theater. (1928). Architectural Digest, 4(4), 31-33.

United Artists theater. (1927). Los Angeles: Fred S. Lang Company.

United Artists theater. (1929, January). Pacific Coast Architect, 35(1), 23-26.

 

Heritage Square

I went to Heritage Square recently. I had seen it from the freeway for years and always wondered about the place. It seemed odd, to me, that there would be all these Victorian buildings sitting next to the freeway and it made me wonder “why” as I sped pass on the Pasadena freeway. The land was given to the foundation to house two building from Bunker Hill back in 1969. Those two buildings were moved to the site but before any preservation work could be done to either of them both buildings were burned and completely destroyed by arsonists. That didn’t deter the founding members of Heritage Square; they simply went about the business of acquiring more buildings. All of the buildings at Heritage Square were set to be demolished but were saved by the organization. Note: Heritage Square does not allow indoor photography but I found some interior images of the Hale house in an old 1990 magazine.

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Their brochure

The entrance to Heritage Square.

The entrance to Heritage Square.

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Their website is: http://heritagesquare.org/visit

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The train station which was moved in from the Palms area. The Palms area is between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. I would put it in the vicinity of Overland Ave. and National Blvd.

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The Perry House. This house had an emptiness about it that I liked. It wasn’t filled with furniture so I was able to envision what my furniture would look like in it. Much bigger than it appears. The ceilings must be 14 feet on the first floor. The docent said in the winter you have to wear a coat inside it’s so cold in the house. I’ve always liked chilly rooms. It was my second favorite house.

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The Hale House.

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When you walk in the front door this room is immediately to the left. It’s the front parlor.

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The foyer. It has a rather small, winding staircase compared to the size of the home.

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This is looking from the front parlor into the back parlor through some pocket  doors.

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Valley Knudsen house. It looks like a toy house but it’s rather big inside. The docent, Dana, said the house was used in the film, Saving Mr. Banks.

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The brochure’s run down on the structures.

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Dana. He’s the best dressed docent I’ve ever encountered. He looks like he walked out of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I wish I could walk around and look like that but I don’t have that dandy gene in me. Dana was well informed and a fountain of information. He was also polite and articulate. Call, find out when he’s giving a tour, and then go to that tour.

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Longellow-Hastings House. While the house seems less than spectacular from the outside, it was by far my favorite house even though it appeared to be falling apart on the inside: peeling wallpaper, old linoleum on the floor, exposed lathe, grease and grime covering the kitchen walls, and holes in the floor.

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The John J. Ford House. The exterior has been completely renovated but the interior needs major work. When in the parlor if you squint your eyes to the point where they’re almost closed you can envision how beautiful the interior will be one day.

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There’s a church at Heritage Square. Its movement to this location had to involve a herculean effort. It’s huge.

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Cornerstone of the church.

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This is the Colonial Drugstore. It’s new and was built on site. It’s a replica of George Abraham Simmon’s Colonial Drugstore in Highland Park. Simmon’s family paid for the replica to be built and this structure opened in December of 2012 to house Simmon’s vast collection of pharmacy memorabilia.

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Pharmacy counter view.

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Pharmacy view.

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I want that Robomalt box.

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Analax? And it’s fruity! Okay, I can’t say anything that would be appropriate so I’ll refrain from saying anything.

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An image of Hale House from the time it was moved to Heritage Square.

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The two houses on Bunker Hill (the Salt Box and Donagan’s Castle) that were moved to Heritage Square only to be destroyed by arsonists.

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My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

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Kumor, T. W. (2003). The Hale house. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company Publishers.

Samuelson, J. &  Winter, R. (1990, July). Heritage square: a Victorian preserve in the Arroyo Seco. Angeles, 60-67.

 

 

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Metropolitan Theater – Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Theater no longer stands. It only exists in photographs. It was demolished in 1960 and was a Sid Grauman Theater located across from Pershing Square, at the corner of 6th and Hill Streets, in downtown Los Angeles. I came across some photos of the theater at work. The architect of the theater is William Lee Woollett but I haven’t been able to find a book on him which is amazing. The architect of the outer building, which housed the theater, was Edwin Bergstrom.

This is a LA Public Library photo.

This is a LA Public Library photo.

A drawing of what the building originally would have looked like.

A drawing of what the building originally would have looked like.

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I found some great images of The Metropolitan Theater in this book. The book is from 1927.

This is an interior image. This book is 14 inches by 20 inches so it didn't fit on my scanner. I was reduced to taking photographs of the pages with my Kodak Easyshare.

This is an interior image. This book is 14 inches by 20 inches so it didn’t fit on my scanner. I was reduced to taking photographs of the pages with my Kodak Easyshare.

Here are some interior details.

More interior images.

The Metropolitan's proscenium.

The Metropolitan’s proscenium.

Here's a nice elevation.

Here’s a nice elevation.

Another elevation.

Another elevation.

A longitude.

A longitude.

I'm not sure what this is.

I’m not sure what this is.

The images that follow are from an old book from 1927 title Concrete in Architecture.

The images that follow are from a 1927 book titled: Concrete in Architecture. This building cost three million dollars to construct according to the LA Times though the LA Examiner claimed it was four million. It had two entrances: one on Hill and one on Sixth. There was 155 feet of frontage on 6th while Hill had 247 feet of frontage. On Sixth St. the entrance was set back ten feet from the rest of the building to create a grander entrance. There were shops along the frontage on both streets and the building itself had Edwin Bergstrom as its architect while Woollett designed the theater. The buildings foundation could support thirteen stories but only six stories were built. The Last Remaining Seats‘ Ben Hall says the theater’s style was “Hispano-Persian” and sat 3,485 people. A reporter for the LA Times who covered the premiere, Edwin Schallert, called it “primitive massiveness” which seems more accurate to me. *Charles Beardsley, in his book Hollywood’s Master Showman, says those two columns next to the stage support “mythical griffon heads.”

The Mezzanine.

The Mezzanine.

Another view of the mezzanine underneath the balcony.

Another view of the mezzanine underneath the balcony.

This is the mural between the supports in the previous image.

This is the mural between the balcony supports in the previous image.

 

It's a lion and reptile combined.

It’s a lion and a reptile combined.

A snail deer? Okay, I think somebody was on drugs.

A snail deer? Okay, I don’t want to be disrespectful but I think somebody was on drugs.

This is the balcony entrance.

This is the balcony entrance.

A way into the theater.

A way into the theater.

Movies are a diversion.

Movies are a diversion.

Inside the theater. One of the walls.

Inside the theater. On one of the walls. The walls were deliberately left “rough” to show how the building was constructed.

A wall sconce.

A wall sconce.

This is the mezzanine from the other side. The photo is from a publication called Architect.

This is the mezzanine from the other side. The photo is from a publication called  The Architect.

Here's a Buddah nestled in a niche up in the balcony.

Here’s a Buddah nestled in a niche up in the balcony.

This is from Architectural Digest.

This is from Architectural Digest. The bottom image is why I’m including this. What’s beyond that door? My guess would be a restroom.

The following photos are from this publication.

The following photos are from this publication.

It was a long article and there are lots of pictures.

It was a long article and there are lots of pictures.

It's by the architect William Lee Woollett.

It’s by the architect William Lee Woollett.

Near the proscenium.

Near the proscenium.

What appears to be the lobby.

What appears to be the lobby?

A lantern and modern art?

A lantern and some modern art.

Pendants, pendants, pendants.

Pendants.

This is a model of what's on top of the column; the mythical griffith.

This is a model of what’s on top of the column; the mythical griffith.

A model of that deer snail.

A model of that deer snail. The more I look at it the more I like it.

It's deemed a work of art.

It’s deemed a work of art by this writer.

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Bernard Maybeck, who created one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, had this to say about the Metropolitan Theater.

Bernard Maybeck, who created one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, had this to say about the Metropolitan Theater.

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I was looking through old journals, for something else, when I found this. California Southland was a publication that was put out in the 20s. It appears to be something from a chamber of commerce entity and it was published in Pasadena.

I was looking through old journals, for something else, when I found this article. California Southland appears to be something from a chamber of commerce-like entity and was published in Pasadena.

The article is written by William Lee Woollett. It appears rather high-minded.

The article is written by William Lee Woollett. It appears rather high-minded.

That grill-work is nice.

That grill-work is nice.

I like the image of Woollett in the bottom photo.

I like the image of Woollett in the bottom photo.

The premiere for the theater was held on January 21, 1923. The first film shown was My American Wife starring Gloria Swanson and Antonio Moreno. The host was Theodore Roberts and many of the stars who attended are depicted in the pictures that follow*. LA Times reporter, William Schallert, claimed there were twenty to thirty thousand people on the street who couldn’t get in because the venue was sold out even though tickets cost $5 per person. What he describes below sounds like a scene right out of Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust (1937) but it couldn’t have really been that bad, could it?

  • In a section of his article titled CROWD IS UNRULY Schallert states: “The early part of the program was punctuated at intervals by shouts from the crowds outside. At one time due to the way they crowded around the door, signs of a riot appeared. The militia was forced to hold the crowd back with their rifles and several times struggles for the possession of the guns between members of the mob and the soldiers were seen. The police had to be continually on guard to keep the crowd from storming the theater so great was the spectators desire to obtain a glimpse of the stars and of the interior of the house.”

The reporter went on to describe the proceedings onstage and said the most rousing moment was when the orchestra played the Star Spangled Banner and two men, dressed as Uncle Sam, stood up in balconies that flanked the stage to great applause. According to Schallert while there were many female stars present they weren’t part of the onstage festivities. During the proceedings, the stars in the audience, were asked to stand so the audience could see them but despite being movie stars, on this particular night, the stars were for the most part shy and declined to have the spotlight turned on them.

  • As for the theater Schallert states this in a section titled THROUGH MAIN ENTRANCE: “Of course, the house is ornate beyond any one’s conception. One gets the most striking effect by coming in through the main entrance on Sixth street. Here all the  massiveness of the mezzanine floor’s decorative scheme strikes the vision. One gazes upon an elaborate blending of color on all sides and, above, finds that these assume shape in sculpture and fresco and painting at every turn. Truly the pictorial note is sounded in every part of the theater, yet without distraction to the audience. The building as a whole has a primitive massiveness and sweep. It is not quite free from draughts as yet but this slight detriment can probably be easily obviated and when it is, the theater will be a glorious and perfect example of the palatial and magnificent that harks back the medieval era and yet is filled with the spirit of the present day.”
  • Regarding the Gloria Swanson film Schallert wrote under LOCAL OF THE PICTURE: “The romantic local of “My American Wife,” will attract the theatergoer. It offers a horse race in fashionable South America, a deul and some other items of excitement. Gloria plays detective in the picture and routs the faction that is rival to that of her lover. “My American Wife” is therefore entertaining, though not altogether believable and offers a cast of rather exceptional interest. Most of all, though, the public will want to see the theater and it will flock there during the next few weeks. The mob surging around the doors last night gave ample evidence.”

*This list of attendees is from Charles Beardsley’s book on Grauman’s theaters. All of the stars that follow were at the Metropolitan’s premiere.

LIST OF ATTENDEES

theodore roberts

She was the greatest star of them all.

ANTONIO MORENO

blanche sweet

william desmond

ruth roland

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buster keaton

charles ray

norma talmadge

lois wilson

marie prevost

tom mix

hal roach 2

milton sills

mary pickford

doug fairbanks

I recently found this postcard. It has some writing on the front. A mother sent this postcard to her son.

I recently found this postcard. It has some writing on the front. A mother sent this postcard to her son.

What’s interesting is that Grauman opened the Metropolitan on January 21, 1923 but by July of 1924 he had sold all his interest in this theater, The Million Dollar and The Rialto. They were bought by the Publix group and by 1929 a Paramount marquee hung outside the theater. The building was demolished in 1960 for a parking lot. The firm hired to demolish the building lost money because they couldn’t get the building down by the deadline.

That's Rube Wolf, of Fanchon and Marco on the stage.

That’s Rube Wolf, of Fanchon and Marco, on the Metropolitan’s stage when the theater was being torn down.

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Fox, C. & Silver, M. L. (Ed.) (1920). Who’s who on the screen. New York: Ross Publishing, Co.

Hall, B. (1961). The best remaining seats: the story of the golden age of the movie palace. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.

Metropolitan Theater. (1922). 1922 Year book of architecture and allied arts: southern California chapter, American institute of architects, Los Angeles architectural club. Los Angeles: Young & McCallister.

Metropolitan Theater. (1925, March). The Architect, 3(3), 142-144.

Reagan, O. (Ed.). (1927). American architecture of the twentieth century. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Company.

Schallert, E. (1923, January 27). Crowd surges at theater; premiere of Grauman’s metropolitan is in the midst of dazzling splendor. Los Angeles Times, 3.

Woollett, W. E. (1923, April). The architect and the craftsman. California Southland, (40), 11-13.

Woollett, W. E. (1923, May). Concrete and creative architecture. The Architect and Engineer, 73(2), 51-90.

 

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Dear Teen Me

My publisher set up an opportunity for Bold Strokes Books authors; it involved writing posts for a website called Dear Teen Me. The website is centered around writers writing letters to themselves.  Basically, “what would I say to myself now that I know what I know.” Here’s the link.

http://dearteenme.com/?p=9875#more-9875

Teen Me

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Parkinson & Parkinson

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

I like the Parkinsons. There are so many Parkinson buildings in Los Angeles that I can’t cover all of them so I decided to concentrate on my favorite ones. I also included a couple of buildings from Seattle where John Parkinson got his start.

[Note: if you download any of these images and use them elsewhere please acknowledge my website:

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It took a lot of research to find all these images. Thanks!]

Before John Parkinson began building in Los Angeles he worked in Seattle. He formed a partnership with Cecil Evers for roughly two years. This is the Calkins Hotel. It was built in 1889-1890. This building has been destroyed but it is a Parkinson Evers building.

Before John Parkinson began building in Los Angeles he worked in Seattle. He formed a partnership with Cecil Evers for roughly two years. This is the Calkins Hotel. It was built in 1889-1890. This Parkinson-Evers building has been destroyed. It was located on Mercer Island.

The Frank Pontius House in Seattle. (1889). This is another Parkinson-Evers building.

The Frank Pontius House in Seattle (1889). This is another Parkinson-Evers building.

Seattle National Bank in Seattle 1890-1892. This building is attributed to Parkinson only.

Seattle National Bank in Seattle 1890-1892. This building is attributed to Parkinson only.

This is the Interurban Bank today. This photograph is from Wikipedia and the photographer is Joe Mabel.

Interurban Bank today. This photograph is from Wikipedia and the photographer is Joe Mabel.

This is from Southwest Builder and Contractor. It was a publication for people in the construction industry. John and Donald's address and phone number are down near the bottom.

From Southwest Builder and Contractor. It was a publication for people in the construction industry. John and Donald’s address and phone number are down near the bottom.

This is a brochure published by the Parkinsons in 1921 to promote their firm.

A brochure published by the Parkinsons in 1921 to promote their firm.

This is the publisher's note opposite the title page.

The publisher’s note. There is no title page in this brochure. I’ve seen two different copies of it. In both the page above is followed by 2 images of the University of Southern California’s Bovard administration building on the opposite page.

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Hibernian Building/Braly Building done in collaboration with his partner Edwin Bergstrom.

408 S. Spring Street

In 1904 when the building was erected it was called the Hiberian Building.

This is from the Parkinson brochure.

I found this issue of Architect and Engineer and it had a lengthy article on John P. and his partner at the time.

I found this issue of Architect and Engineer and it had a lengthy article on John P. and his partner at the time. It’s from 1910.

Here are the two partners.

Here are the two partners.

Now, look at this. Here it is called the Union Trust Building in 1910 but by 1921 it's being referred to as the Hibernian Building.

Now, look at this. Here it’s called the Union Trust Building (in 1910) but by 1921 (the date of the Parkinson brochure) it’s being referred to as the Hibernian Building.

It was built in 1904 and still stands.

In 2015 it’s called the Braly Building. I keep looking for interior photos of this building but as of yet haven’t found any.

Some cornice detail.

Some cornice detail.

The article in Architect and Engineer has approximately two pages of text in an article that’s thirty-four pages long. The writer, who is not identified, states, “The illustrations of their work in this number tell the story of their success more forcibly than words.”As a result, the other 32 pages are photographs of their work. It’s a great resource. There’s a bit of information. It says Parkinson was born in Bolton, England on December 12, 1861. He took architecture and engineering courses at Bolton, came to the U.S. in 1883, spent two years in Minneapolis, moved to Napa for approximately four years, went to Seattle for five years, and moved to Los Angeles in 1894. Then it listed all his memberships which were all pretty predictable but one stuck out: he was a member of the Jonathan Club which is a swanky club in downtown Los Angeles which still exists today.

As for Bergstrom, he received even less space text-wise. In a very short paragraph it was revealed that he was 34 years old and joined Parkinson in 1905 to form their firm. He was a graduate of Boston Institute of Technology and Yale. He was a member of the Jonathan Club too.

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King Edward Hotel done in collaboration with Edward Bergstrom

121 E. 5th Street

King Edward Hotel from the Parkinson brochure. I read an article in the Los Angeles Times from February 18, 1906 about the King Edward. It said the hotel had 150 guest rooms, two passenger elevators and two freight elevators. It was fireproof and had a telephone in every room. The furnishings for the hotel cost not less than $50,000 and that all the materials used in the building were from the Los Angeles area. The article also stated that it would be run on the European plan. The writer said The King Edward wasn't a large hotel but it was situated near the train depots for customer convenience.

King Edward Hotel from the Parkinson brochure. I read an article in the Los Angeles Times from February 18, 1906 about the King Edward. It said the hotel had 150 guest rooms, two passenger elevators and two freight elevators. It was fireproof and had a telephone in every room. The furnishings for the hotel cost not less than $50,000 and that all the materials used in the building were from the Los Angeles area. The article also stated that it would be run on the European plan. The writer said The King Edward wasn’t a large hotel but it was situated near the train depots for customer convenience.

The King Edward on a post card. It opened February 10, 1906.

The King Edward on a post card. That cool little bus went to the train station to pick up potential lodgers.

The King Edward Hotel at 5th and Los Angeles Street.

This is what The King Edward Hotel looks like in 2015.

A close up of the entrance.

A close up of the entrance.

Somehow that staircase looks wrong. Maybe the ceiling was higher at one point.

King Edward lobby. Somehow that staircase looks wrong. Maybe the ceiling was higher at one point? I’ve seen a postcard when the building was new and that staircase wasn’t there.

King Edward interior. Part of the check in desk.

King Edward interior. Part of the registration desk.

Here's a view of the King Edward interior.

Here’s a view of the King Edward interior.

This is the back of the interior's postcard.

This is the back of the above postcard.

This image shows the west side of the building. It looks like this postcard is from the time when the building was new.

An image that shows the west side of the building. The building looks new in this postcard.

That is so cool. I didn't venture in because I wasn't sure if it was open or not and I was alone.

That is so cool. I didn’t venture in because I wasn’t sure if it was open and I was alone. I figured I would get drugged and sold into white slavery if I went inside. Since I had to go to work the next day I took a picture instead. (This building is on the edge of skid row.)

I want that sign.

I want this sign.

I bought this card online. It's 3 inches by 5 inches. It is very cool.

I bought this card online. It’s 3 inches by 5 inches.

This is the back of the card. As the LA Times article stated it was near the big train stations. I like this card so much and it's just a piece of paper.

This is the back of the card. As the LA Times article stated it was near the big train stations. I like this card so much and it’s just an oversize business card.

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The Los Angeles Stock Exchange done in collaboration with Samuel E. Lunden.

618 S. Spring St.

The Los Angeles Stock Exchange.

The Los Angeles Stock Exchange. An LA Times obit on Lunden said construction began on the building the week after the 1929 stock market crash. Despite that, no corners were cut and the building cost $1.5 million to construct. The bronze, front doors were the biggest west of the Mississippi.

Light fixture from the Stock Exchange.

Light fixture from the stock exchange.

Mantel in the stock exchange.

Mantel in the board room.

The original doors to the stock exchange.

The outer doors of the stock exchange.

The inner doors of the stock exchange.

The inner doors.

The lobby of the stock exchange.

The lobby.

A Hercules window.

A Hercules window. He doesn’t look like Steve Reeves, Kevin Sorbo or Dwayne Johnson but I still like him.

The window opposite.

The window opposite. These two windows are in the “member’s room.”

The trading floor.

The trading floor.

Another view from Southwest Builder and Contractor.

A closer view from Southwest Builder and Contractor.

There are ads like this in all these architectural journals for practically every major building constructed.

There are ads like this in all these architectural journals for practically every major building constructed.

The building today.

The building today.

This is above the door.

This is above the door.

I have no idea if these are the original doors. If they are they need a better locking system.

These original doors need a better lock.

Was there something else attached at one time?

Was there something else attached at one time? Bronze rosettes?

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Bovard Administration Building, Science Building, Student Union Building and Physical Education Building at the University of Southern California. Parkinson & Parkinson.

University Park

Bovard at the University of Southern California.

Bovard Administration Building at the University of Southern California from the Parkinson brochure.

It's well maintained.

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It's Columbus.

That’s John Wesley a Methodist church founder. USC was founded by the Methodists.

It's Lincoln.

It’s Matthew Simpson who was a Methodist preacher. (Note: on the north side of the tower are Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and on the west side it’s Cicero and Plato.)

This was the backcover for California Southland dated June 1921.

This was the backcover for California Southland dated June 1921.

All these buildings have been in constant use by faculty, students and staff for approximately 90 years. USC has renovated all of these buildings and they have new plumbing, new electrical systems, new bathrooms and new walls. They even have Wifi. They’re practically completely new inside. The exteriors, though, remain intact and unchanged.

The Parkinson's are down near the bottom.

The Parkinson’s are down near the bottom.

USC's Science Hall.

USC’s Science Hall.

I've always liked the ornament above the door and those gates.

I’ve always liked the ornament around the arch and the strip of ornament above the door. It’s very Louis Sullivan-ish.

There are two of these gates back from the arch. This is looking out. Uh, those gates are pretty nice too.

There are two of these gates beyond the arch. This is looking out.

This was not done by the Parkinsons. It was done by Jean Goodwin in 1937 as her thesis project. I just think it's beautiful and I'm not even sure what the four of them are looking at. This artwork is big. It's probably, at least, six feet high and embedded into a wall. It's through the archway and past the metal gates.

This was not done by the Parkinsons. It was done by Jean Goodwin in 1937 as her thesis project. I just think it’s beautiful and I’m not even sure what the four of them are looking at. This artwork is big. It’s probably, at least, six feet high and embedded into a wall. It’s through the archway and past the metal gates.

I like this ornament too. It's above one of the side doors.

I like this ornament too. It’s above one of the side doors.

Here's a plaque commemorating the building. This says 1927/28.

Here’s a plaque commemorating the Student Union Building. It says it was erected in 1927/28.

It's the Student Union building at USC.

The Student Union Building at USC.

Above the student union front door is this frieze.

Above the Student Union front door is this frieze.

It was erected in 1926-27.

This cornerstone says 1926-27 which contradicts the plaque above.

I've always liked this chimmeny detail.

Chimney detail.

Up near the top of the building is this likeness of Rufus B. VonKlindschmidt who was president of USC from 1918-1954 AND monkey thumbing his nose.

Up near the top of the Student Union Building is this likeness of Rufus B. von Kleinsmid who was president of USC from 1921-1947. Down a few corbels is a monkey thumbing his nose.

I found this image of the student union building in a copy of Pacific Coast Architect.

I found this image of the student union building in a copy of Pacific Coast Architect.

Another plaque commemorating this Parkinson and Parkinson building.

Another plaque this time commemorating the erection of the P.E. Building.

The Physical Education Building.

The Physical Education Building on the university park campus.

I've always liked this head on the physical education building.

That big head looks like something out of a gladiator movie.

The north side of the P.E. Building.

The north side of the P.E. Building.

Above the side door are these animals.

Above the side door are these animals.

The rams are kind of goofy looking so I like them.

The rams are kind of goofy looking so I like them.

This is the lobby of the P.E. Building. I've seen plans for this buildings renovation. The building isn't going to be used for phys ed. anymore. The interior is going to be completely redone. A new physical education building was built about ten years ago.

This is the lobby of the P.E. Building. I’ve seen plans for this buildings’ renovation. The building isn’t going to be used for phys ed. anymore. The interior is going to be completely redone. A new physical education building was built a few years back so this building’s original use is no longer warranted.

This light fixture hangs right inside the P.E. Building's front door.

This light fixture hangs right inside the P.E. Building’s front door.

The PE Building surrounds an inner courtyard. This is the view looking west.

The PE Building surrounds an inner courtyard. This is the view looking west.

This is the view looking east in the courtyard.

This is the view looking east in the courtyard.

Inside the east wing of the building is a very large swimming pool.

Inside the east wing of the building is a very large swimming pool.

There is an appropriate amount of school spirit in the pool area.

There is an appropriate amount of school spirit in the pool area. I’ve never swam in the pool but I’ve used the locker room on numerous occasions to shower and change.

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Hotel Alexandria done in collaboration with Edwin Bergstrom.

501 S. Spring Street

From the Parkinson brochure.

Hotel Alexandria from the Parkinson brochure. It opened in 1906. It cost over 2 million dollars to construct. The furnishings were from Baker Bros. and cost upwards of $300,000.00

Here's the Alexandria Hotel on a post card.

Here’s the Hotel Alexandria on a post card.

The Alexandria Hotel is where all the silent film stars went in the teens before everyone moved to Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

The Hotel Alexandria is where all the silent film stars went in the teens before everyone moved to Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

A griffith behind the sign.

A Griffith behind the sign on the Spring Street side.

Another Griffith on the other side.

Another Griffith on the other side.

Detail from the top of the Alexandria.

Detail from the top of the Alexandria.

The lobby from a postcard.

The lobby from a postcard.

The mezzanine from a post card.

The mezzanine from a postcard.

A resting room? I wonder if it was just for women? It seems so Victorian.

A resting room? I wonder if it was just for women? It seems so Victorian.

One of the dinning rooms.

One of the dinning rooms.

Another dinning room in the Hotel Alexandria.

The Franco-Italian dinning room.

Another dining room

Another dining room. It could be the same room as the previous card but with different chairs. The ceiling is different though. Oh, and the balcony doesn’t appear to be in the first card. Plus, in the first card the wall and ceiling “curve” together. They don’t in the second one. These two cards are like one of those cartoons where you spot the five differences.

This grill. Those tables don't look big enough for a meal so I suspect they only sold snacks or light fare. The candlestick telephone on the far booth makes me think people were self consumed with communication even back then.

The grill. Those tables don’t look big enough for a meal so I suspect they only served snacks or light fare. The candlestick telephone, on the far booth, makes me think people were consumed with communication even back then.

With the exception of that 2nd Empire bookcase on the left wall everything in the room appears to be mission style.

With the exception of that 2nd Empire (?) bookcase on the left wall and the lamps everything in the room appears to be mission style. A room after my heart.

I don't want to sound bitchy but couldn't they decide on one style. It's all over the place. I was thinking maybe it's just "contemporary" furniture? As for that bed: it looks like a full size. That's big enough for one large man but where would the bride sleep?

I don’t want to sound bitchy but couldn’t they decide on one style? It’s all over the place visually. I was thinking maybe it’s just “contemporary” furniture for the time? As for that bed — it looks like a full size. That’s big enough for a large man but where would the bride sleep?

The postmark on the back of this postcard is May 27, 1925. I love this postcard because the individuals look so Edwardian but considering the date on the postcard shouldn't they be flapper types?

The postmark on the back of this postcard is May 27, 1925. I like this postcard because the individuals look so Edwardian but considering the date on the postcard shouldn’t they be flapper types?

I had always thought from afar that whatever had been done to the Alexandria's interior could be undone. This postcard tells me I was wrong.

Hotel Alexandria lobby. I had always thought, from afar, that whatever had been done to the Alexandria’s interior could be undone. This postcard tells me I was wrong.

I bought this online. Along with the brochure came a letter to travel agents dated July 1955.

I bought this online. Along with the brochure came a letter to travel agents dated July 1955.

Here's the inside of that brochure.

Here’s the inside of that brochure.

Here's a great envelope with the Alexandria on it.

Here’s an envelope with the Alexandria on it.

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I’m only including the back because of the graphic and so everyone can see that the glamorous Alexandria was owned by the same people who owned the Hotel TallCorn.

Here's an envelope from 1906 the year that the Alexandria opened.

Here’s an envelope from 1906 the year the Alexandria opened.

I found this tiny brochure online.

I found this tiny brochure online.

Here's the other side.

Here’s the other side.

It's a baggage label.

It’s a baggage label.

The Hotel Alexandria rents out their ballrooms for events and film shoots. This decal was on one of the doors up to the ballroom.

The Hotel Alexandria rents out their ballroom for events and film shoots. This decal was on one of the exterior doors that leads to the ballroom.

He was the manager of the Alexandria.

He was the manager of the Alexandria.

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Rosslyn Hotel and Annex. Parkinson & Parkinson.

112 W. 5th Street

The Rossalyn Hotel from the Parkinson brochure.

The Rosslyn Hotel from the Parkinson brochure.

This is the original one.

This is the original building.

I read an article in the Los Angeles Times concerning the Rosslyn. It was from October 8, 1922 and titled: Giant Hotel Planned: Owners of Rosslyn Lease Site on Opposite Corner for New $1,000,000 Hostelry. The article stated that a 99 year lease was signed between the Edwards’ estate (the owners of the land) and Dwight H. and George H. Hart (the owners of the Rosslyn). The lease deal was for $4, 148,200. The article went on to say that the Edwards’ family bought the land at Fifth and Main Streets in 1868 for $500. The Times said there would be no dining room in the new hotel because the dining room in the current hotel across the street was sufficient. It also stated that the exterior would be an exact duplicate of the present Rosslyn. At first I was unsure what this sentence meant, “Each room will be served with ice water through a modern ice water circulation system.” Then I realized it was air-conditioning or the precursor to air-conditioning. Another thing of note in the article was: there was a small, three story hotel already occupying the site and all tenants had been given notice to vacate the property by January 1, 1923. The new Rosslyn Hotel was scheduled to open in October of 1923. I don’t know if they built it in 10 months, or not, but that was the plan.

Rossalyn today.

The Rosslyn in 2015. The one on the right was built first. The other one is identical and the two are connected by a tunnel under the street.

Letterhead from the Rosslyn.

Letterhead from the Rosslyn.

A Rosslyn Hotel envelope.

A Rosslyn Hotel envelope.

One of the lobbies. It looks like it's from the 1930s.

One of the lobbies. It looks like it’s from the 1930s.

I like how these brothers incorporated their name into their advertising.

I like how these brothers incorporated their name into their advertising.

This lobby looks like it's from the 20s.

This lobby looks like it’s from the 20s.

That's not carpeting. That's a tile floor.

That’s not carpeting. That’s a tile floor. It doesn’t make the room look very elegant but it’s probably more hygienic.

It's a postcard. That's a pretty decent price since it cost 2 cents to send a postcard.

It’s a postcard. That’s a pretty decent price since it cost 2 cents to send a letter.

The one on the south side appears to retain it's original .....

The one on the south side appears to retain it’s original glass marquee. It is now a SRO Hotel that has been beautifully restored. The lobby had a large skylight and most of the original architectural details. (There was a lot of gilding!) They wouldn’t let me take photographs but they let me look around.

The one on the north side, the older one, has been converted to lofts and has a replaced .....

The one on the north side, the older one, has been converted to lofts and has a replaced marquee.

A baggage label that incorporates the Hart Bros. last name without ever stating it.

A baggage label that incorporates the Hart Bros. last name without ever stating it.

A marble subway and a drive-in lobby.

A marble subway and a drive-in lobby.

I found this tiny brochure online. It appears to be from the 1920s.

I found this tiny brochure online. It appears to be from the 1920s.

This page from the brochure describes the underground link.

This page from the brochure describes the underground link.

I found this blue heart online and bought it. I like the blue one even more than the red one.

I found this blue heart online and bought it. I like the blue one even more than the red one.

I found this old brochure online. It looks like it’s from the 1920s.

The Inside.

I like this old painted sign.

The old painted sign is great.

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Banks-Huntley Building. Parkinson & Parkinson.

634 S. Spring Street

This building is on Spring Street south of the Stock Exhange.

This building is south of the stock exchange.

According to a Los Angeles Times article from July 24, 1996 titled: Group Restores Historic Building. Maldef (The Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund) moved into the building in 1984 and then agreed to purchase the building in 1991 for $8.5 million dollars. Maldef still occupies two floors of the building and leases out the other floors.

I couldn't get it all in one shot. Here's the top.

Here’s the top of the building.

This is street level.

This is street level.

This is from across the street in a parking lot. I've lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years and this is the first time I remember it raining in July. I took this picture in the rain.

Photo taken from a parking lot across the street. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years and this is the first time I remember it raining in July. I took this picture while standing in the rain. I was hoping I wouldn’t get any rain drops on the lens because I was tilted up.

One of the security gates.

One of the security gates.

A light fixture inside the lobby.

A light fixture inside the lobby.

The building's elevator doors. Nice. Not amazing but nice.

The building’s elevator doors. Very understated.

This is to the right of the entrance.

This is to the right of the entrance.

This is to the left of the entrance. I like that metal detail.

This is to the left of the entrance. I like that metal detail.

I love this image from Architectural Record. It looks so 1930s. This looks like a movie set.

From Architectural Record. It looks so 1930s; like a movie set. I expect Irene Dunne or Katherine Hepburn or Carol Lombard to pull up in a car and step out.

They must have taken this photo from the building across the street.

They must have taken this photo from a building down the street and from one of the upper floors.

An Architectural Record photo of the elevator from 1932.

An Architectural Record photo of the elevator from 1932.

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Los Angeles City Hall done in collaboration with Albert C. Martin and John C. Austin.

200 N. Spring Street

From American Architect before the building was built.

A rendering from American Architect around the time of construction.

This image is from Western Architect (vol. 37, 1928).

This image is from Western Architect. Look how small Spring Street is in the photo.

I went on a tour of City Hall. I took this shot in the morning before the tour. The photo has a hazzy look to it that I kind of like.

I went on a tour of City Hall. I took this shot in the morning before the tour. The photo has a hazy morning look to it.

I was standing in the courtyard of the building looking west.

I was standing in the building’s courtyard —  looking west.

A more expansive view from the same location.

A more expansive view from the same location. The shadow on the left side of the photo is from the building itself.

The front door. I think it should be bigger and monumental considering the scale of the building.

The front door. I think it should be bigger considering the size of the building. The doors should be as big as the Wizard’s door in the The Wizard of Oz. Just sayin’.

Western Architect has a nice shot of the front door.

Western Architect has a nice shot of the front door.

The cornerstone.

The cornerstone.

Looking toward the front door.

Looking toward the front door.

This is inside the front door.

This is inside the front door.

Identical hallways go to the north and south of the building.

Identical hallways go to the north and south of the building.

Above the center rotunda is this light fixture.

Above the center rotunda is this light fixture.

A close up on the light fixture.

A close up on the light fixture.

This is on the floor of the rotunda.

This is on the floor of the rotunda.

This ceiling fresco is on the north side of the building (down that long hallway) above the staircase.

On the north side of the building is this artwork above the staircase. (Down one of those long hallways.)

This is above the south staircase. Shouldn't it be naked women? Wouldn't that make logical sense?

This is above the south staircase. Shouldn’t it be naked women? Wouldn’t that make logical sense? Maybe, my mind is too symetrical?

This is above the bank of elevators on the main (3rd) floor. It's Mercury but I don't know who the woman is.

It’s Mercury but I don’t know who the woman is. She’s riding Pegasus. This is above the bank of elevators on the main (3rd) floor.

The door to the city clerk's office. The bear is a nice touch.

The door to the city clerk’s office. The bear is a nice touch.

This amazing ceiling is outside the clerk's office door.

This amazing ceiling is outside the clerk’s office door.

This City Council Chamber was locked but this room was open.

The City Council Chamber was locked but this room was open.

Here's part of the room.

Here’s part of the room.

Here's the ceiling of the room.

The ceiling.

This is behind the benches in the first photo.

This is behind the benches in the first photo.

The City Council Chamber?

The City Council Chamber?

Part of the mayor's office.

Part of the mayor’s office.

On one of the top floors there is an exhibit of mayoral portraits. It contains portraits of all the mayors of Los Angeles. This is Cryer. He was mayor when city hall was built. He looks great.

On one of the upper floors there’s an exhibit of mayoral portraits. It contains portraits of all the mayors of Los Angeles since 1851. This is George E. Cryer. He was mayor when the present city hall was built. He’s right out of The Great Gatsby.

Here's his bio.

His bio.

The only other mayoral photo I took was of this guy because I liked the way he looked and I liked his name. His name was Henry T. Hazzard and he was mayor from 1851-1853.

The only other mayoral photo I took was of this guy because I liked the way he looked. His name was Henry T. Hazard and he was mayor from 1889-1892. I’d vote for him.

There was a surprise for me on the tour. The tour guide who reminded me of George Jefferson's mother on The Jeffersons said,

There was a surprise for me on the tour. The lady tour guide, who reminded me of George Jefferson’s mother on The Jeffersons, said, “Now, let’s go up to the Observation Deck.” My response was, “What?” I didn’t know there was an observation deck. This is the view of the entrance to the Observation Deck when the elevator doors opened.

From the observation deck looking toward Bunker Hill.

From the observation deck looking toward Bunker Hill.

From the observation deck looking south.

Looking south.

From the observation desk looking west. That's the Department of Water building straight ahead. You can seen Frank Gehry's Disney Hall at 11 o'clock.

Looking west. That’s the Department of Water building straight ahead and you can see Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall at 11 o’clock.

Looking north east. That's Union Station.

Looking northeast. That’s Union Station.

Observation deck. One of the columns.

One of the columns.

Observation deck. This shot was taken with my back against the wall and shooting straight up/

This shot was taken with my back against the wall and shooting straight up.

A plaque from the observation deck.

A plaque on the observation deck.

This is the back of the building.

The back of the building.

City Hall on a stereoptical card.

City Hall on a stereo-optic  card.

Union Station: Parkinson and Parkinson

700-888 N. Alameda Street.

Union Station.

Union Station.

It's very modern.

It’s very modern looking but opened in 1939.

The information booth near the entrance.

The information booth near the entrance.

This is above the entrance.

This is above the entrance.

South of the information booth is this walkway to the old Fred Harvey restaurant.

South of the information booth is this walkway to the old Fred Harvey restaurant. I’m a fan of the Judy Garland movie The Harvey Girls and I have the song The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe on my iPod. It’s a G-R-E-A-T song.

The old ticketing area (north of the information booth) which isn't used anymore.

The old ticketing area (north of the information booth) which isn’t used anymore.

The waiting area. Looking west toward the front door.

The waiting area. Looking west toward the front door.

It's art deco seating.

It’s art deco seating.

This clock is above a doorway that leads to an outside patio.

This clock is above a doorway that leads to an outside patio.

This is how you get to the trains.

The way to the trains.

OBITUARIES

John Parkinson's obit from Architect and Engineer.

John Parkinson’s obit from Architect and Engineer, January 1936.

The Currier Building is one of the first buildings John Parkinson designed in Los Angeles.

The Currier Building, mentioned in the above obit, is one of the first buildings John Parkinson designed in Los Angeles.

Donald's obit from Architect and Engineer, January 1946. He deserved better.

Donald’s obit from Architect and Engineer, January 1946. It’s rather brief.

My book The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Public art in Los Angeles. This mural is on Sunset Boulevard about a block away from Dodger Stadium. My book The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Okay, after I poster this post, a month later I was going through some journals and stumbled upon this. I had to attach the article and pictures. More pages follow.

Okay, after I posted this post, about four months later I was going through some journals and stumbled upon this article. I had to attach some of the article and some of the photos. They follow.

Bullocks cover

bullocks title page

bullocks whos who

Bullocks Page 2

Bullocks Page 3

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An interior view of the store from a marble advertisement.

An interior view of the store from a marble advertisement.

Below are some photographs I took of the building on January 1, 2016.

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There were three hanging light fixtures at the front of the store over window and door openings but none of them were the same. I found that interesting. The other two follow.

There were three hanging light fixtures at the front of the store (over window and door openings) but none of them were the same. I found that interesting. The other two follow.

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This bronze decoration was above one of the doors. Bullocks Wilshire did have a department where patrons could buy riding clothes.

This bronze decoration was above one of the doors. Bullocks Wilshire did have a department where patrons could buy “riding clothes.”

This bronze panel was adhered to one of the storefront windows.

This bronze panel was adhered to one of the storefront windows.

I went into this store when I first moved to California. It was still a department store and it was very nice.

I went into this store when I first moved to California back in 1988. It was still a department store and it was very nice.

In August of 2016 I went to Bullock’s Wilshire for a book signing. It was for Stephen Gee’s book on the Los Angeles Public Library. While there I took some more photographs of Bullock’s Wilshire. They follow.

We entered through the back.

We entered through the back.

The porte cochere.

The porte cochere.

Overall view of the mural followed by sections of the mural.

Overall view of the mural on the ceiling of the porte cochere.

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Porte ochere entrance detail.

Porte cochere entrance detail.

The book signing and lecture were held on the 5th floor.

I took this elevator to get up to the 5th floor.

I took this elevator to get there.

This clock was in the elevator waiting spot on the 5th floor.

This clock was in the area where one waits for the elevators.

There were large windows that looked out onto the surrounding neighborhoods. Two views from those windows.

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This grill was in the ante-room to the lecture spot.

This grill was in the ante-room to the lecture hall.

The ceiling of that ante-room.

The ceiling of that ante-room.

Adjacent to the ante-room and the lecture hall was this 1940s cafeteria.

Adjacent to the ante-room and the lecture hall was this 1940s style cafeteria.

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A sconce in the cafeteria.

A sconce in the cafeteria.

A place for trays and trash.

A place for trays and trash.

On the second floor were two showrooms where woman could sit and watch models walk around the room and model clothes. This was the first room.

On the second floor were two showrooms where woman could sit and watch models walk around the room and model clothes. This was the first room.

Another view of the room.

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The other room used for this purpose.

The other room used for this purpose.

The entrance on the main floor from the porte corche.

The entrance on the main floor from the porte cochere.

The clock above the door.

The clock above the door.

Looking toward the Wilshire Boulevard entrance.

Looking toward the Wilshire Boulevard entrance.

Oh, and then I found this. The article seems more like an advertisement for the tradesmen mentioned. It's for the Gas Company Building.

Oh, then there is this. The article seems more like an advertisement for the tradesmen mentioned. It’s for the Gas Company Building.

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In the top photograph the text states that a dictograph is the most “wonderful of wonderful” inventions.

In December of 2015 I discovered this article on the Title Insurance Building in Pacific Coast Architect.

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

I found this image and the image below in an article about terra cotta.

This image and the image below were in an article about terra cotta.

Unfortunately, this stone entrance has been removed. I wonder what happened to it?

Unfortunately, this terra cotta entrance has been removed. I wonder what happened to it?

The building still stands on 7th street in Los Angeles.

The building still stands on 7th street in Los Angeles.

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Here's the building on a postcard.

Here’s the building on a postcard.

An interior photograph of the Beef Steak room.

An interior photograph of the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s Beef Steakroom.

The back of the postcard.

The back of the postcard.

I found this image in a book called, Our First Century: The Los Angeles Athletic Club 1880-1980. It's filled with photographs. According to the book the statue had been damaged and was removed around 1964-1965.

I found this image in a book called, Our First Century: The Los Angeles Athletic Club 1880-1980 by Betty Lou Young and Thomas Young. It’s filled with photographs. According to the book this figural group was removed around 1964 for two basic reasons: 1) it had sustained some damage and was “crumbling” and 2) the board wanted to upgrade the entrance and make it more appealing to potential members. The model for the central figure was Dick Retzer who was the winner of a “perfect man” contest.

Retzer was part of a gymnastic troupe. He's pictured on the bottom.

Retzer was part of a gymnastic troupe. He’s pictured on the bottom. The name of the member’s publication that the Los Angeles Athletic Club produced was called The Mercury.

I found a John Parkinson Building in an advertisement for Terra Cotta.

A John Parkinson Building in an advertisement for Terra Cotta.

I'm not sure if this building is still there or not but I like the advertisement.

I’m not sure if this building is still there or not but I like the advertisement.

I was looking for information on Morgan, Walls & Clements and came across this.

Next time I'm in Pasadena I'll look around for this store.

Next time I’m in Pasadena I’ll look around for this store.

JOHN PARKINSON STORE BUILDING TWO

I found this image in a Western Architect from 1911.

I found this image in a Western Architect from 1911.

Here's the place on a postcard.

Here’s the place on a postcard.

This oversize postcard shows what the interior of the bank looked like.

This oversize postcard shows what the interior of the bank looked like.

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Banks-Huntley office building, Los Angeles. (1932, February). Architectural Record. 71(2), 114-116.

Bullock’s Wilshire store, Los Angeles. (1929, December). Architect and Engineer. 99(3), 44-52.

California Southland. (1921, June). (19), 24.

Directory of practicing architects. (1930, December 5). Southwest Builder and Contractor. 76(22), 11.

Field, W.S. (1994). Parkinson centennial, 1894-1994: 100 years of the Parkinson architectural firm in Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Conservancy.

Gee, S. (2013). Iconic vision: John Parkinson, architect of Los Angeles. Santa Monica: Angel City Press.

Giant hotel planned: owner of Rosslyn lease lot on opposite corner for new $1,000,000 hostelry. (1922, October 8). Los Angeles Times.

Group restores historic building. (1996, July 24). Los Angeles Times.

Jones, F.W. (1931, March). The Los Angeles stock exchange. Architect and Engineer of California, Pacific Coast States. 104(3), 24-45.

Karl, J. (1994). Shaping Seattle architecture: a historical guide to the architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Los Angeles city hall, Los Angeles, California. (1928, July). Western Architect. 37(7), plates 109-121.

Noted Los Angeles architect dies. (1946, January). Architect and Engineer. 164(1), 30.

Obituary. (1936, January). The Architect and Engineer. 124(1), 57.

Oliver, M. (1995, June 16). Samuel E. Lunden: veteran LA architect. Los Angeles Times.

Parkinson, D. (1928, December). Title insurance building, Los Angeles. Pacific Coast Architect, 33(12), 27-33.

Parkinson, J. & Parkinson, D. B. (1921). John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson: architects, Los Angeles. Columbus: Denny A. Clark.

Store building, Pasadena, California. (1920, February). The Western Architect, 29(2), plates 1-2.

Student union building, university of southern California, Los Angeles, John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson, architects. (1928, October). Pacific Coast Architect, 33(10), 41-42.

Terra cotta buildings clean like new. (1930, January). Architect and Engineer. 100(1), 14.

The king Edward hotel: a new hotel, magnificently planned on the corner of Los Angeles and fifth streets. (1906, February 18). Los Angeles Times. p. 24

The work of John Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom. (1910, September). The Architect and Engineer of California, Pacific Coast States. 22(2), 35-69.

Young, B.L. & Young, T. (1980). Our first century: the Los Angeles athletic club 1880-1980. Los Angeles: LAAC Press.

Million Dollar Theater

I hadn’t been to the Million Dollar Theater for a long time. I saw Nightmare on Elm Street Part IV in this theater years ago. I remember I wasn’t really interested in seeing the movie but I was interested in seeing the theater so I went.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is responsible for a series called The Last Remaining Seats.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is responsible for a series of events called The Last Remaining Seats. They go to different theaters on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles and show classic films. Once again I wanted to see the theater but the movie this time was better. It was Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO from 1960.

Here's a view from Hill Street looking back toward Broadway.

Here’s a view from Hill Street looking at the back of the building. I like that arcade! A.C. Martin was the architect.

I would like to get into one of the apartments on the top floor. They must have great views. William Mullholland evidently had an office here.

There were offices above the theater originally. Now, they’re apartments. They must have great views. William Mulholland evidently had an office in this building. Mulholland was essential in bringing water to Southern California.

This is a side entrance. It's amazing.

This is a side entrance for tenants. It’s amazing.

A close up on some of the detail.

Standing on the sidewalk and looking up.

A bison head.

A bison head.

A longhead steer skull.

A longhead steer skull.

Directly above the side entrance.

An eagle directly above the side entrance.

The front entrance.

The front entrance to the Million Dollar Theater. The building is located at 307 S. Broadway.

This is from Architectural Digest 1922 (there is no month indicated). 2 Interesting things: the building is called the Edison Building and the theater is just called Grauman's. Click on the exterior picture to see what I mean.

This is from Architectural Digest 1922 (there is no month indicated). 2 Interesting things: the building is called the Edison Building and the theater is just called Grauman’s. Click on the exterior picture to see it.

The theater's grand opening was February 1, 1918. The first film shown was The Silent Man starring William S. Hart.

The theater’s grand opening was February 1, 1918. The first film shown was The Silent Man starring William S. Hart. This is an old press photograph.

Corner decoration on the 2nd story.

Corner decoration on the 2nd story.

These statues run across the front of the building above the marquee.

These statues run across the front of the building above the marquee.

She's playing a harp, I think.

She’s playing a harp, I think.

This is from the sidewalk.

This is from the sidewalk.

view from across the street. I don't know what it is but I like it even though I find it kind of scary.

View from across the street. I don’t know what it is but I like it even though I find it kind of scary. I did a little research. It might be THOTH. The Egyptian God of Knowledge.

He's supposed to be comedy and tragedy but he looks pretty scary no matter which mask he's wearing.

He’s supposed to be comedy and tragedy but he looks pretty sinister no matter which mask he’s wearing.

This jester is on the 3rd Street side of the building.

This jester is on the 3rd Street side of the building. (Where the tenant entrance is.)

She's also on the 3rd Street side of the building. She reminds me of my niece.

She’s also on the 3rd Street side of the building. She reminds me of my niece.