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Warner Hollywood: street views 1927 - 1954

6433 Hollywood Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90028  | map |

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1927 - Jack Warner, Hal Wallis, Michael Curtiz and friends break ground for the new Warner Hollywood Theatre. Thanks to theatre historian Kurt Wahlner for finding the photo in the January 28, 1927 issue of Motion Picture News. While Kurt appreciates the glories of the Warner, he devotes most of his energy to researching Grauman's Chinese. Visit his website: www.graumanschinese.org



1927 - That's the steel frame of the Warner rising behind the house getting demolished. The house, a onetime Hollywood tourist attraction, was that of famous painter Paul deLongpre. The photo, from the California Historical Society, is in the USC Digital Library collection.



1927 - Looking north on Wilcox toward Hollywood Blvd. in a Los Angeles Public Library photo. That's the Warner under construction. Note that the construction signage is touting "Vitaphone."



1928 - A view of the theatre nearing completion from the great Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph collection. Thanks! Also in the collection: exterior - street level - 1928 | exterior - "The Ruling Voice" - 1931 | exterior - "Black Girl" - 1972 |



1928A pre-opening Mott Studios photo of the Warner from the Mott-Merge collection of the California State Library, included in their 11 photo set #001386583. Note no KFWB sign on the corner yet.



1928 - The marquee of the nearly completed theatre in a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



1928 - The theatre prior to the opening. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo. The marquee is advertising "Glorious Betsy," the opening feature.



1928 - A closer view of the marquee set for the April 26 opening in a Los Angeles Public Library photo. The photo also appears in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph collection.



1928 -   The opening night crowd. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



1928 - The west corner of the building photographed by Mott Studios in a view from the California State Library photo set #001386583. The State Library also has a 1932 postcard that was made from the photo above.



1928 - Another shot of that great marquee from the Mott-Merge collection of the California State Library. The Warner is running "Tenderloin," released in March. One of the ads read: "Vitaphone's Newest Achievement! The Picture That Talks! See and Hear! Dolores Costello in 'Tenderloin' With Conrad Nagel Talking on the Vitaphone."



1928 - Lined up for "Lights of New York."  It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



1928 - Another shot taken during the run of "Lights of New York." It was a July release. The photo is in the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library.



1928 - Thanks to Brian Michael McCray for this great night view from his amazing collection of Hollywood Postcards, formerly displayed on Picasa. The week of the card they were running "My Man" with Fanny Brice, a December release. Above the marquee it says: "See and Hear Vitaphone." Another version of the card also appears as part of the Summer / Fall 2004 news on The Vitaphone Project. On that site: "My Man" card - version 2 | a detail: the entrance area enlarged |

The California State Library also has a version of the card, but not quite as nice as Brian's. They note their copy was published in 1936.



1928 - Looking east past the Iris (later renamed the Fox) toward the Warner. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo. They also have a copy of the same view retouched -- see what's missing.



1928 - From the USC Digital Library collection comes this stunning California Historical Society photo from above. We're looking at illuminated Christmas trees down Hollywood Blvd in December.



c.1929 - A fine California State Library postcard. The street's all dressed up for something. 4th of July? A convention?



c.1930 - A lovely view west on Hollywood Blvd. -- a post from Fedj Sylvanus on Vintage Los Angeles. The Warner, with its KFWB towers, is on the right. Fedj calls our attention to the fact that "KFWB actually used the two towers at the Warner as a real antenna. If you look closely, you can see the 'Ladder' of wires strung between the two."  He credits the photo to a post of Cathay Degrande. Thanks, Fedj!



1930 - The Warner all dolled up to celebrate its 2nd Anniversary. The trade magazine illustration is on Cinema Treasures, a contribution of Dallas Movie Theatres. The caption: "It’s April 26, 1930 and time for the Warner Hollywood’s second birthday as Frank Murphy hangs an astonishing 18,000 pennants to help celebrate."



1930 - Here's an exterior shot with the crowd lined up for "Top Speed" with Joe E. Brown, an August 24 release. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo. The photo also appears in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph collection.




1930 - A superb view looking west along Hollywood Blvd. on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles. Thanks to David Urov for the post. Note the Christmas decorations.
 


c.1930 - An uncredited Christmas season photo looking east toward the Warner in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



c.1930 - An undated view of the storefronts east of the theatre entrance. The big arch is the entrance to the Warner office building. It's a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library.
 


c.1930 - Another undated view -- here looking west. It's a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library. On the marquee end panel: "Davey Lee" -- a child actor who did half a dozen films in 1929 and 1930. 



1931 - The Warner running "Safe in Hell" in a shot Ken McIntyre found for his Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page. The William Wellman film starred Dorothy Mackaill and Donald Cook.



1930s - Looking north on Wilcox Ave. in a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library.



1930s ? - A Life magazine view east from Cahuenga with some Bette Davis film at the Warner. It's a photo hosted on Google/Life Images and spotted by Noirish Los Angeles contributor BifRayRock. He has it, with many other terrific Life Hollywood photos, on his Noirish post #40453.



1932 - We get nice a detail view of the entrance in this USC Digital Library shot taken during the run of "Taxi" with James Cagney.  It's from the California Historical Society.



1935 - A look east on Hollywood Blvd. with the Warner on the left running "G Men." Thanks to Brian Michael McCray for the great card from his Hollywood Postcards collection. Note the vertical sign for the radio station on the corner of the building. There's another version of the card on the site Card Cow. Yet another version but with different coloration and a retouched sky with fluffier clouds is in the California State Library collection.



1935 - "The Case of the Curious Bride."  It's a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library. The photo also appears in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph collection.



1937 - A lovely view of the Warner facade with "The Great Garrick" playing. The photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library. Note the added readerboard above the marquee. The photo is also in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph collection.



1937 - A Christmas season photo from the Los Angeles Public Library Blackstock Negatives Collection.  At the Warner: "It's Love I Want," a November 1937 Warner release with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. The Library has it as 1930 but note the billboard advertising whiskey -- prohibition didn't end until 1933.




c.1937 - A view looking west from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. It's a Herman Schultheis photo.



c.1937 - A Herman Schultheis photo looking north on Wilcox toward the lighted towers of the Warner. It's in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



c. 1937 - A rainy Christmas season day in Hollywood captured by Herman Schultheis in a Los Angeles Public Library photo. We're looking west on Hollywood Blvd. toward the Warner.



1938 - A gaggle of reporters outside the Warner seen in a Herman Schultheis photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. It looks like a promotion for "Hollywood Hotel," a January
release.



1938 - A view of the marquee for "Jezebel," a March release, that appears in the wonderful book "The Story of Hollywood - An Illustrated History" by Gregory Paul Williams. BL Press, 2005. Thanks, Gregory! There's a Google Books preview to browse. It's available at your local bookseller or on Amazon.



1938 - A USC Digital Library view by Dick Whittington looking east along Hollywood Blvd. during the run of "The Dawn Patrol" with Errol Flynn.



1938 - A look from across the street during the run of "The Dawn Patrol." It's another Dick Whittington Studio photo in the USC Digital Library collection.



c.1939 - A look at the Warner in the middle of the photo, with the two radio towers. We're looking east in this USC Digital Library view from Dick Whittington Studio.



1940 - Here in this Frasher Foto postcard from Ken McIntyre on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles we see the Warner running "Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet" with Edward G. Robinson. The California State Library also has a version of the "Magic Bullet" card from Frasher using the same photo but with it spread across the full width of the card.



1940 - A postcard view toward the Warner running "The Invisible Man Returns." Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the find, a post of his on Photos of Los Angeles.  Note the signage and the two gentlemen in the lower right. 

 

1940 - Here's Elizabeth Fuller's version of the "Invisible Man Returns" card.  Same image with some retouching. Note on the right we've gone more fashionable with the signage and we now have three ladies window shopping. We've also lost the signs for the dentist across the street from the dress shop.  Elizabeth's Old Los Angeles Postcards collection on Flickr is a wonderful treat -- 686 cards at last count.



1940s - A noirish look east on a wet night during Christmas season. It's on Photos of Los Angeles, another one of Ken McIntyre's discoveries.



1941 - The premiere for "Meet John Doe" with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  It's a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library.



1941 - A closer shot of the "Meet John Doe" premiere. Thanks to David Zornig on Cinema Treasures for the post. It's a photo from Mark Christianson.



1941Thanks to Gregory Paul Williams for this entrance view taken at the "Meet John Doe" premiere. It's in his book "The Story of Hollywood - An Illustrated History" from BL Press, 2005. Check out the Google Books preview. The title is available from the publisher or on Amazon.



1942 - Here the Warner is running "Sergeant York" with Gary Cooper, a September 1941 release. Note the new rounded marquee and the redone vertical saying "Warners," The earlier version said "Warner" with a small "Bros." underneath. Over on the right it's the Iris/Fox with "The Wife Takes a Flyer" and "Two Yanks in Trinidad," early 1942 releases. Thanks to Sean Ault for this photo, one he spotted on eBay.



1942 - Here's the Warner for the premiere of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" with James Cagney, a June release.  The photo is featured in a 2007 article on Cinema Treasures by Michael Zoldessy called "The Sleeping Giant of Hollywood."   



1942 - Thanks to Ken McIntyre to on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles for this shot that was taken during the premiere of "Yankee Doodle Dandy."



1943 - The crowd and the troops celebrating Irving Berlin's "This Is The Army." It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



1944 - The action in front of the Warner for the opening of "Hollywood Canteen."  The photo appears on Photos of Los Angeles, where Ken McIntyre credits it to the Hollywood Canteen Facebook page. 



c.1944 - A smoggy view from the Los Angeles Public Library.  Sorry, can't see what's on the marquee.



1945 - The view east toward the Warner in December. The photo was added to the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles by Richard Wojcik and is credited to Electrospark on Flickr.
 


1946 - Looking east with the Warner playing "The Time, The Place and The Girl" with Dennis Morgan, Martha Vickers and Jack Carson. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



1946 - A lovely shot of the premiere of "Night and Day." Alice Japan has it in her Alexis Smith album on Flickr. Thanks to theatre sleuth Arnold Darrow for spotting it!



1947 - A Frasher Foto Card from the Pomona Library on UCLA's Calisphere. We're looking east toward the Warner. We also see the Academy / Studio / Holly Theatre on the left and the Iris / Fox on the right.



1948 - An up in the air shot by Arnold Hylen. Thanks to his grand-niece Greta Gustaffson for sending it along. Pay a visit to the Facebook page she curates: Arnold Hylen - Los Angeles Images of an Era 1850-1950



1948 - Raoul Walsh's "Fighter Squadron" at the Warner in a shot from the collection of Eric Lynxwiler on Flickr. Thanks to Eric for the photo -- and to Arnold Darrow for spotting it.



1948 - "Santa Claus Lane"  A Bob Plunkett Christmas  postcard view looking east toward the Warner on Photo of Los Angeles. It was added to the collection by Bill Gabel. 



1948 - A Los Angeles Public Library Christmas season look east toward the Warner.  



1948 - A December view looking east toward the Warner by Arnold Hylen. The Iris Theatre on the right (which would become the Fox in 1959) is running a preview of  "You Gotta Stay Happy." Thanks to Greta Gustaffson for the photo.  The Arnold Hylen Facebook page: Arnold Hylen - Los Angeles Images of an Era 1850-1950.



1948 - Another Christmas season photo by Arnold Hylen. Thanks to Mr. Hylen's grand niece, Greta Gustaffson, for making it available.



1949 - A July photo from the Los Angeles Public Library Blackstock Negatives Collection.



1949 - An interesting view from Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles. Looking through from the front corner of the building to the cooling tower on the stagehouse (just right of the left radio antenna tower), we're looking right down the centerline of the diagonally positioned auditorium. On the marquee: "John Loves Mary" with Ronald Reagan and Jack Carson.



1950 A Life magazine look east on Hollywood Blvd. When was the last time you saw the towers lit? Note the the Vogue Theatre on the left. The green neon tower on the right is newly redone facade of the Egyptian. The image also appears on Photos of Los Angeles and on Tourmaline's Noirish Los Angeles post #35733.



1950 - In addition to the signage we see in the narrower shot, this wider Life image gives us a look at the vertical and marquee of the Hollywood Theatre as well. They're running the Barbara Stanwyck feature "No Man Of Her Own," a February 1950 release along with "No Sad Songs For Me." Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Tourmaline for spotting the shot in the Life collection -- it's on the Noirish post #35733 along with other Hollywood views.



1950 - The Warner premiering Joan Crawford's "The Damned Don't Cry." The photo is part of an article on Cinema Treasures by Michael Zoldessy called "The Sleeping Giant of Hollywood."
  


 1950 - The view west toward the towers of the Warner during the Christmas parade. Thanks to Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles for the find.

Also from 1950: British Pathe has newsreel footage of the premiere of "Breakthrough" at the Warner. has



c.1950 - A great view (with a Pacific Electric Red Car) looking west on Hollywood Blvd. from Richard Wojcik on the Facebook group Vintage Los Angeles.



c.1950 - Another fine Vintage Los Angeles post from Richard Wojcik. Again we're looking west on Hollywood Blvd. toward the Warner.



1950s - A view east toward the Warner and the Iris. Thanks to Maurice Ideses for the post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



1952 - "Bend of the River" with James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy gets an elaborate front at the Warner. Thanks to Mr. Ethereal Reality on Noirish Los Angeles for posting this photo he found on eBay.



1952 - A shot added by Ken McIntyre to Photos of Los Angeles. The Warner is running "Jack and the Beanstalk" with Abbott and Costello.  Thanks, Ken!
 


1952 - A view of the Christmas decorations as we look east toward the Warner in a photo appearing on Photos of Los Angeles. Thanks to James J. Chun for the post.The marquee on the right, with "Newsreels" on top, is the News-View Theatre, later called the New View, the Pussycat, and the Ritz.



1953 - A look at the crowd for "This is Cinerama" in a view from the Los Angeles Times located by Roland Lataille for the Warner Theatre page of his In Cinerama website. "This Is Cinerama" opened April 29, 1953 and ran 133 weeks.



1953 - A look west from the California historical Society in the USC Digital Library collection. There's the Iris/Fox down the street on the left. On the front of the marquee: "Cinerama."



1953 - A December view from the Metro Library and Archive looking west on Hollywood Blvd. toward the Warner. The caption notes that it would be the last Christmas for the Red Line cars.


  
early 50s - Thanks to Sean Ault for this Christmas season view looking east toward the theatre. It's one he found on eBay.



early 50s - A photo posted on Vintage Los Angeles by Polly McNichols looking west from Ivar Ave. She says her father took it in the early to mid 50s. It seems to have vanished from VLA.



early 50s - A sharper (but cropped) version of the photo above that appeared on the page for the closed Facebook group Mid Century Modern. Thanks to Hector Acuna for the post.



early 50s - A better version taken moments before or after the two images above is this one on Vintage Los Angeles from the Richard Wojcik collection. Thanks, Richard!



1950s - A Christmas image on Vintage Los Angeles from the Richard Wojcik collection. Another version of the photo appears from Bill Gabel on Photos of Los Angeles.



1954 - "This Is Cinerama" in its 50th week. Thanks to Ron Whitfield on Vintage Los Angeles for the great photo. This first Cinerama presentation had opened April 29, 1953 and would run a total of 133 weeks.



1954 - A lovely view of the marquee on Photos of Los Angeles. "This is Cinerama" is in its 2nd year!  Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the photo.

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