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Explore Old Hollywood during the Holidays

What was it like to witness Hollywood’s transformation from a tiny suburb of Los Angeles to the glamorous film capital of the world? On a special holiday mini-version of the Old Hollywood Walking Tour, you will learn the history of Hollywood from 1887-1960, and have a chance to get a closer look at some of the hidden gems on the boulevard.

Join us to learn the story of how Hollywood grew from a sleepy little town of orange groves into the center of the world’s entertainment industry…in less than 50 years! Take a walk back in time to visit the homes, shops, theaters, offices and restaurants that define Hollywood’s historic identity.

Tour guide April Clemmer will be leading three special mini-tours on Saturday, December 9, to coincide with the inaugural Jollywood Holiday Pop-Up Market in Old Hollywood. Come experience Hollywood’s fascinating history, while being part of the festivities of our special one-day street fair.

In addition, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) will be hosting the L.A. Makers Pop-Up in their gallery at 6522 Hollywood Blvd., from noon until 7:00 p.m.

Book your spot on a tour today!

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December 6, 2017

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AFI Film Festival: Bringing Movies Home to Hollywood

The American Film Institute’s AFI Film Festival, which runs every November in Hollywood is both historic and of the moment. Showing a wide range of foreign, classic, auteur festival releases, and splashy Hollywood premieres, this year’s event took place at the TCL Chinese, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, The Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, Dolby Cinema at the Vine, The Hollywood Roosevelt, and at the Mark Goodson Screening Room at AFI.

AFI Fest features film screenings, roundtables, panels such as the one above, and galas. (Photo by Genie Davis)

In its 31st year, and in its 14th with Audi as sponsor, AFI is the longest running international film festival. It is also a truly egalitarian festival as well as exhibiting the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. Individual tickets are free, available both online and at the box office, opening-up a world of film excitement to people who may love movies but may not be able to afford to attend a festival.

AFI is also eclectic — this year, attendees viewed auteur films like the charming South by Southwest Fest award winner Mr. Roosevelt – who is a cat, by the way, not a president; major advance premieres of such major releases as The Disaster Artist and Molly’s Game; screenings of popular cinematic classics like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Barefoot in the Park; world cinema entries, and a strong selection of shorts. In all, the festival included 137 films – 93 features and 44 shorts. This year there were many films with female leads, including the opening night film, Mudbound. The mix is often heady – this year there were midnight screenings of shiver-worthy entries such as Let the Corpses Tan, a technology summit that included discussions on virtual reality, conversations with directors such as Sofia Coppola, and special events such as Jordan Peele’s presentation of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? AFI’s retrospective program paid tribute to director Robert Altman, screening 12 of his films. Cinema Italian Style offered a double bill of films of Michelangelo Antonioni, including the iconic 1966 classic Blow-Up. There were tributes to Errol Morris and Aaron Sorkin, a documentary roundtable, and an indie films roundtable.

A panel at the 2017 AFI Film Festival. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Speaking of indie films, this year, programming director Lane Kneedler enhanced the always-curatorial approach of the fest, picking and choosing what may very well be the cream of the cinematic crop from festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, and Toronto, among others.

In short, as much as AFI revels in premiere screenings and opening galas, it also offers such a wide range of programming, that it, like Hollywood itself, defies competition.

Looking toward the future has been something that AFI has always done, since its inception with a mandate from then-president Lyndon Johnson. AFI’s official beginning in 1967 was with a mission to preserve film history and educate upcoming generations of filmmakers. Gregory Peck was its first chair and George Stevens, Jr. director and CEO. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films was the first complete scholarly listing of films since cinema began in 1893; and it was the beginning of an encompassing effort to preserve American film history and heritage. From educational programs to awards ceremonies, AFI has been there.

Q&A following the screening of the film “Hannah” with director Andrea Pallaoro, center. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

The festival itself, which began in 1987 is now approaching its half century golden anniversary, and commemorating the occasion over the next three years, concluding in September 2019.

The AFI Fest and the film institute itself are firmly rooted in Hollywood, and rightfully so. After all, Hollywood is home to the stars – and not just those on the sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard.

AFI
2021 North Western Avenue
323-856-7600


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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December 4, 2017

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Welcome to Jollywood

Can you say Ho-Ho-Hollywood? It’s the holiday season after all, and time to join in the celebration with the Jollywood Holiday Pop-Up in Old Hollywood on Saturday, December 9th.

The glitter of Tinseltown only shines brighter in the Old Hollywood community of retail businesses, boutique shops, artisans, galleries, and restaurants, all offering unique one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and food. The event will feature over 20 local vendors, and of course, there will be carolers, holiday lights, and Santa Claus, too, right on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

Exhibitors include:

Carmine Goglia’s Gift of Fame

Carmine Goglia’s Gift of Fame. (courtesy photo)

Carmine Goglia is the only licensed artist who can create a hand-painted Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Goglia has been creating this gift since 1986 – and giving it to celebrities who receive their Walk of Fame star as a take home, that you can take home now, too, for every “famous” family member or friend.

Huntees

Huntees features unique t-shirts, coffee mugs, accessories and more with artwork inspired by pop culture, drag queens, movies and television stars. (courtesy photo)

Renowned for their T-shirts, Huntees now offers mugs, coasters, bags, and mouse pads all created in collaboration with artists. The result: uniquely designed items you won’t find anywhere else.

Manam

MANAM is a Hollywood-based fashion line. (courtesy photo)

Offering richly designed leather goods including jackets, shorts, chokers, and blazers, Manam provides a vibrant mix of handcrafted leather and loungewear such as leggings, dresses, undergarments, and an inversion crop. And don’t miss their luxury jewelry items such as the Love Triangle Gift Set, bold and original jewelry pieces that can be purchased individually as well as in combination. Men’s leather ties and wallets make great gifts, too.

Shannon’s Fancy Fresh Lips

Shannon’s Fancy Fresh Lips has got all your beauty needs covered for the holidays. (courtesy photo)

Wax, lead, and animal-cruelty free, vegan LipSense by SeneGence provides long-lasting, vibrant color that’s smudge-proof, budge-proof, water-proof, and kiss-proof.

Shannon, a busy-mom of four, is distributing this product because she loves it and predicts buyers will too.

Simone Rochelle

Simone Rochelle will be selling natural beauty products that will make great gifts. (courtesy photo)

Offering pampering products for the bath, hair, face, and lips, Simone Rochelle specializes in naturally based creations made in the U.S., such as the citrusy and sulfate-free, coconut oil body-wash, Gender Bender.

Violet Maven Healing Creations

Violet Maven’s products are as delightful to use as they are to look at. (courtesy photo)

Pure essential oil and salt blends, hand-sculpted runes, and beaded jewelry – these are among the beautiful and special items that make any holiday brighter. Set with stones and gems, the unique jewelry gems can be worn simply for their attractiveness or for their spiritual energetic healing properties. Oils and blends include perfect-for-the-season scents such as invigorating Winter Mint, and the woodsy Red Forest Yule Solstice. Creator Jacque Mahoney, a.k.a. Violet Maven, creates salts and oils that are perfect for aromatherapy or to be worn and enjoyed.

Yxtabay

Yxtabay’s unique jewelry and accessories. (courtesy photo)

For an eclectic collection of rings, watches, bracelets, pins, and necklaces, look no further than Yxtabay. You’ll also find figurines, bottles, flasks, and key rings and chains. Don’t miss the pendants, chains, and pendant watches, as well as items designed specifically for the winter holidays.

Unshrinking Violet

Unshrinking Violet’s sales benefit victims of domestic violence. (courtesy photo)

A jewelry collection inspired by bold and remarkable women the creator admires, Unshrinking Violet invites others to tell their personal success stories on the brand’s Facebook page. Not only is each piece inspirational, a portion of every sale benefits families displaced by domestic violence.

Also participating in the event are hair and makeup stylist Christina Culinski, New York Life Insurance, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) gallery (L.A. Makers Pop-Up), along with others. Students from Musicians Institute and AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts will be caroling and playing holiday tunes to delight your ears.

Restaurants, retailers, and galleries will also be offering special discounts and tastings throughout the event, whose sponsors include The Hollywood Roosevelt, Emerson College LA, and Comprehensive Financial Services; additional support provided by the Hollywood Farmers Market, 1540 Productions, and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. So, make your Hollywood holiday Jollywood.

Jollywood
December 9th 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame between Cherokee and Wilcox


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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December 1, 2017

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Once You’ve Seen Trieste, You Cannot Pretend it Doesn’t Exist

Here is the humbling reality.

I had the privilege to attend an international conference on mental health last week in Trieste, Italy. There were 36 countries represented; panels, speakers and site visits stretched out over four days. Not surprisingly, there were no speakers invited from the U.S. to share best practices. We have none.

I was in Trieste with 12 leaders from Los Angeles county who traveled thousands of miles to witness this stunning cultural paradigm shift up close. Thanks to my Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, I had to privilege to visit Trieste in June and blogged about that earth-shattering experience. About a month after arriving home, when I received word about this conference, I reached out to leaders in LA asking if they would be willing to make this pilgrimage. You can read about the Trieste Model, but you have to actually see it in action to appreciate the humanity associated therewith.

The Los Angeles delegation to Trieste mental health conference November 2017, in front of the Cavallo horse, symbol of freedom from the asylum. From L-R: Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Judge James Bianco, Lt. David Petrocelli, Kerry Morrison, Caroline Kelly, Tracey Whitney, Brittney Weissman, Dr. Pietro D’Ingillo, Sgt. Annadennise Briz, Lt. Brian Bixler, Sarah Dusseault, Phyllis Owens. Not pictured – Anthony Ruffin.

Our Los Angeles delegation included representatives from the Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County Jail, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, LA County District Attorney, LA City Council, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Community Partners, the Superior Court, and a Skid Row service provider. Because of the diversity of these perspectives (which was healthy), I felt like we were the proverbial blindfolded people touching an elephant trying to describe what we saw. What was remarkable was that by the end of the week, we were able to converge our impressions into one unified image of what needs to change in Los Angeles. Will that be easy? No. But what we witnessed and experienced together will be impossible to ignore.

It is hard to capture in one blog all that we need to do different in LA (and in America, for that matter). But let me use one illustration that will provide some insight.

While I was at the conference, I woke up one morning to a text sent by a frustrated Hollywood cafe owner. There was a short video file attached. In this clip, a disoriented man is walking into her cafe. He is barefoot and has a white bedspread draped over his shoulders. The business owner says, “I need to ask you to go. You have to go.” He turns around and heads to the door. He stops for a moment at the door, and then he walks out.

In Hollywood, there are few resources for business owners to assist the many mentally ill homeless individuals who wander in to establishments.

This simple video documents five things about what is wrong in Los Angeles. Watching it 6,000 miles away in Trieste reminded me why we were all there. We are frustrated too.

1. This barefoot man, naked except for a pair of shorts and a blanket, is clearly uncared for; left to fend for himself.

2. He is likely hungry; he is wandering the streets of Hollywood.

3. The shop owner shoos him away. She clearly wants him to leave. She is fatigued of this behavior, because this happens quite frequently — he is not the only one.

4. Her fatigue is understandable. She has no one to call. There is no phone number that will lead her to a place where he could be helped. She sends me a text instead, and I am 6,000 miles away.

5. If he comes back again, her only recourse will be to call the police.

Prior to spending this intense week in Trieste, all of our conversations about “fixing this” travesty in Los Angeles revolved around trying to “streamline” things, create special outreach teams, build partnerships between law enforcement and DMH, employ a “housing first” model to get that guy into housing. Though helpful, they are stop-gaps.

So imagine this man walking into a trattoria in Trieste (and you must suspend some disbelief here because people are not left to deteriorate to this level). But, consider this: the shop-owner would have the freedom to let her heart lead and exercise patience because this doesn’t happen hardly ever. Instead of trying to “protect the business” she would probably have him sit down and get him something to drink, or maybe something to eat.

Then she would know to call the community mental health center — not the police. There would be someone who would come within a reasonable time to “scoop up” the person (that is a word we heard in Italy) and take them back to the center. (If he was not willing to go, that is the subject for another blog,)

At the center, this person would be offered an emergency place to sleep while the team jumped into action. I am not sure I accurately understand everything that would happen within the context of “jumping into action.” But I do know that these essential elements of engagement would kick in:

— hospitality
— relationship building
— attempt to contact the family

Now, I will stop here, because we have a lot of work to do to capture the essence of this model (it cannot be completely replicated in the U.S.). But here is what I know. In Trieste, we were reduced to thinking about this wearing our human-being hat. Risk-management is not a department that exists in the Trieste mental health system. Never was there a discussion about:

— what are the “rules” of engagement?
— what is the liability associated with acting in this way?
— is there a HIPAA violation if we try to find the family?
— how will this be paid for?

I hope this plants the seed in fertile soil for the paradigm shift the LA Trieste team experienced this week. I am still trying to find the words to describe this. Please private message me if you are moved and would like to stay connected to this journey.


Kerry Morrison is executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance.  She serves on the United Way/LA Area Chamber Home For Good Task Force and blogs at www.onlyinhollywood.org. @KerryHMorrison

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November 21, 2017

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Jollywood, a Holiday Pop-Up in Old Hollywood on December 9

Join us for this inaugural community event in Tinseltown! On Saturday, December 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., the Walk of Fame in Old Hollywood will be transformed into a holiday pop-up market between Cherokee Ave. and Wilcox Ave. along Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood has always been a holiday town. From Santa Claus Lane decorations along Hollywood Boulevard to the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, Tinseltown lives up
to its nickname throughout the holiday season.

In order to excite locals and visitors alike with the plentiful holiday shopping options in Hollywood, the Jollywood Holiday Pop-Up in Old Hollywood was conceived to bring
together our Hollywood community of shopkeepers, retailers, artisans, artists, chefs, florists, and more to offer the community one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and treats. And to
add an extra dose of Holiday cheer, the event will feature carolers, holiday lights, and of course Santa Claus!

Local restaurants, retailers, and galleries will join in the spirit offering special discounts, tastings, and live performances. It’s a dazzling and sparkly holiday event sure to
brighten the season.

Visit www.onlyinhollywood.org/jollywood for more information.

 

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November 16, 2017

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The Hollywood Museum – History from the Inside Out

Housed in the historic Max Factor building, The Hollywood Museum not only contains more than 10,000 pieces of film industry memorabilia, the building itself is a classic.

Designed by architect S. Charles Lee, the building was sold to make-up artist Max Factor in 1928, but its opening was delayed until 1935 due to the Great Depression. It was here, in this stunning Art Deco structure, that Factor created make-up originals. Factor’s cosmetic empire, like the building itself, went through a variety of owners after Factor’s son, Max Factor Jr., sold it in 1973.

It was Proctor & Gamble that sold the building to The Hollywood Museum’s founder Donelle Dadigan, in 1994. It took her nine years to restore it to its original glory, recreating everything from Factor’s original make-up rooms to chandeliers and antique furniture.

Donelle Dadigan, founder of The Hollywood Museum (courtesy photo).

According to museum publicist Harlan Boll, Dadigan originally purchased the building to house a personal collection as well as Hollywood artifacts. “Her godfather, Jose Iturbi, was the first person to sell a million records, and one of the first musicians to get a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. He played for Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland among others, and had quite a following,” Boll relates. “Going far beyond that collection, Donelle took photos from the original Max Factor studios so that everything in the museum was restored precisely, for example, making sure all the colors were right in each of the individual rooms designed for clients by hair color. This is all Donelle’s baby.”

Today, the museum’s ground floor houses those studios which include one for blondes, used by Marilyn Monroe, one for brunettes, and one for redheads. In the latter, Lucille Ball was given her signature hair color, designed by Factor.

“Marilyn’s look was created here. Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor,” Boll says. “Factor originally tried blonde on Lucille Ball before settling on the signature red. I spoke to Lucy Arnaz about that, and she said that she remembered sitting in a corner as a child, watching as her mother had her hair done while Max worked on her.”

Max Factor applying makeup to Jean Harlow in his studio, circa 1929 (courtesy photo).

The Hollywood Museum has four floors of exhibit space, including a basement that houses the Dungeon of Doom. It was once a bowling alley as well as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Today, visitors can spend time in the same jail cell where Jodie Foster visited Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. The original set was donated by the studio, reconstructed piece by piece, and is on display year-round.

“The walls of course are fake brick,” Boll reports. “But everyone looks at it, thinks it’s real until they rap their knuckles against it.”

Boll adds that the “number one request of the museum is from people asking to spend the night in the Silence of the Lambs cell. Even members of the police force have requested it.”

Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, in the Dungeon of Doom at The Hollywood Museum (courtesy photo).

Along with the set, Boll says the basement area also holds original costumes and props from more than 40 horror films. “You’ll see horror figures Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Jason, items from Sweeney Todd, Chucky, Underworld, Van Helsing, Blair Witch, The Walking Dead and the classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, Vampira, and Elvira,” Boll asserts. More chilling memorabilia: the costume and mask used by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs, and the slightly macabre death masks of Vincent Price, Bella Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre.

On the main floor, besides the lush Art Deco lobby and Max Factor’s restored make-up rooms, visitors are offered a look at Cary Grant’s Rolls Royce, a tribute to Judy Garland, and Planet of the Apes props and costumes among other sci-fi exhibits.

The lobby of The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building (courtesy photo).

“There’s a piece of the Hollywood sign here, too,” Boll adds. “It’s from the letter ‘H’ and you can see the graffiti on it and bullet holes shot through it, and why it had to be replaced due to damage.”

And don’t miss the Beauty Calibrator. Boll suggests it’s one scary-looking machine. “It’s one of the earliest forms of technology. It looks like a cage. It was placed over a woman’s head and it was used to pinpoint parts of your face to measure things like how high your eye brows went, how big your lips were, the distance between your eyes. Max Factor would use that to measure how to contour your face. The older stars remember it and not fondly. It looks like something from Hellraiser,” he laughs.

One of Max Factor’s creations, on display at The Hollywood Museum: the beauty calibrator (courtesy photo).

The second and third floors exhibit costumes worn by stars in famous films, along with props and posters. These include what the museum calls the world’s largest collection of genuine Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

“Marilyn will always be there because she is just so popular people would complain if they took her out for even a short time,” Boll attests. “Another permanent exhibit for us is the Jose Iturbi, which includes his grand piano, and the tux Frank Sinatra wore when he performed with Jose.”

Along with permanent exhibits, the museum features other stellar rotating shows. “Currently we have an LGBT history exhibition, Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood,” Boll says. “In February, we’ll be presenting an Annette Funicello exhibit.”

Part of the Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood exhibit, featuring actress, comedian and producer Lily Tomlin (courtesy photo).

Even the elevators at The Hollywood Museum have history. Big enough to move cars from Factor’s collection and the museum’s artifacts, it was and is an important transit point to parties and events held on the top floor. “Max Factor put a bar in the elevator, and we do that to this day for events such as the Emmy Daytime Nominee and Oscar parties. We can carry 40 to 50 people up and they’ll have their drinks in their hands when they reach the party.”

Boll notes that the museum is the only Hollywood memorabilia museum to survive and thrive year after year. “It allows people to access history and stories about Hollywood they would not otherwise know.” One such story centers on a beaded dress worn by Barbara Stanwyck to the Oscars. “It’s only beaded on one side because she said the designers shouldn’t waste their time beading the right side. She wouldn’t allow anyone to photograph her from the right side.”

The Hollywood Museum’s tribute to Debbie Reynolds (courtesy photo).

Along with its exhibits, the museum holds a wide range of events every year, including tributes to stars who’ve passed away, such as Debbie Reynolds, and a 2011 reunion of individuals who worked on I Love Lucy, to celebrate its 60th anniversary and Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday.

The Hollywood Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave.
(323) 464-7776


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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November 10, 2017

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Feastown Pop-Up Market is Here!

Feastown is a brand new pop-up market in the heart of Hollywood that celebrates the rising starts in the food, music and design scene. The bi-monthly event takes place every other Saturday at Eastown, 6201 Hollywood. The market will operate from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

With an assortment of up-and-coming local food vendors, and partnerships with Hollywood’s own The Center at Blessed Sacrament and the Los Angeles College of Music, Eastown presents a new take on the text book “night market” bringing together all aspects of the community for a bi-monthly night of delicious food, and festivities.

For more information, visit www.feastown.co.

Eastown is situated in a prime location, right in the center of Hollywood. You’ll find restaurants, bars, shopping centers, entertainment venues, transportation options, and so much more—all within a few blocks of our community. (Courtesy photo)

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November 7, 2017

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The Hollywood Palladium: Historic Status for an Historic Venue

While it was only listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, The Hollywood Palladium has truly earned this designated status for years. The Palladium’s origin is a real Hollywood story.

The iconic Sunset Blvd. theater was built by film producer Maurice M. Cohen, and designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Gordon B. Kaufman in a sleek Moderne-style. Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler funded the construction on what was once the Paramount Studios lot. The cost: just $1.6 million. Chandler may have been drawn to the project because architect Kaufman also designed the venerable Los Angeles Times building.

Historic photo of the Hollywood Palladium. (courtesy photo)

Inside The Palladium’s façade, the curved interior is startlingly contemporary for a building constructed in 1940. There’s an 11,200-square-foot dance floor, with a mezzanine and a floor level that has room for up to 4,000 people. The structure includes a stunning circular entrance foyer with balcony stairs, and a domed ceiling crafted in Art Deco style. If the architecture isn’t impressive enough, then there’s acts who’ve played here.

Reflecting changing tastes over the decades, the venue’s opening night – October 31st, 1940 – presented Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra along with a just-starting-out Frank Sinatra as the band vocalist. Hollywood’s finest, from Judy Garland to Jack Benny showed up to share in the magic. Cohen was thrilled. Having said he would create the “world’s largest dining and dancing palace,” it seemed that his dream had come true.

Vintage photo of a crowd dancing at the Hollywood Palladium. (courtesy photo)

Over its first decades, The Palladium hosted radio broadcasts and concerts. There was swing, big band, and Latin bands, when in the mid-’50s the mambo and the cha-cha-cha were popular. In 1955, disc jockey Lionel “Chico” Sesma promoted his Latin Holidays at the Palladium, an event that lasted for decades. Then came taping of the Lawrence Welk show, and in the late 60s and 70s rock n’ roll acts moved to the foreground. Performers from Jimi Hendrix to Led Zeppelin to Alice in Chains took the stage. More recently, varied acts from Run DMC to Walk the Moon have performed at the 4000-person capacity venue. Upcoming concerts include high powered bands like LCD Soundsystem and St. Vincent. On the 77th anniversary of the venue’s Halloween opening, The Palladium hosted a live performance by John Carpenter of his score to his horror classic film Halloween.

Through the years there were political moments too, including a famous civil rights speech made by Martin Luther King Jr. at the World Affairs Council held at The Palladium in February 1965. The Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Country Music Awards and the NAACP Awards have all been hosted here.

The Palladium has even been a star in its own right, appearing in The Blues Brothers in 1980.

The Hollywood Palladium, circa 2005, before its renovation. (courtesy photo)

A staple of Hollywood culture, The Palladium is one of the longest-operating event venues in the city.But, as its glory days waned and the venue became worn, there were threats of demolition. Luckily, instead of tearing it down, Beverly Hills-based live events company Live Nation entered the picture, stepping in to lease the concert hall in 2007 for 20 years, and acting as the driving force behind its refurbishment. Following a year-long closure, the grand re-opening in 2008 was a performance by Jay Z.

Thanks to The Palladium’s recent landmark status, any future development to the site must follow strict planning guidelines, keeping the concert hall safe. There are some changes afoot, however. The Palladium Residences, two 30-story residential towers and some 24,000-square-feet of retail space, will rise on either side of the venue. Designed by Santley Saitowits, the mixed-use luxury project will be created in a style resembling the Streamline Moderne style of The Palladium itself. Construction is scheduled to commence in 2018, and if the project’s density has sparked some concern, the landmark status for The Palladium itself is universally applauded.

Rendering of the proposed new development, The Palladium Residences. (rendering courtesy of Crescent Heights)

A Hollywood classic, The Palladium rocks on – a real-life example of the motto “the show must go on.”

The Hollywood Palladium
6215 Sunset Blvd.
(323) 962-7600


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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November 2, 2017

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Meet Friends and Make Memories at Locals Night!

Hollywood locals, rejoice! We’re throwing a neighborhood party right on the Walk of Fame and you’re invited!

Suaya Properties and the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance presents the third Locals Night in Old Hollywood, the historic core of the world’s most famous neighborhood. This third edition will feature free samples from participating restaurants, live music, painting, community organizations and more, with a Halloween vibe – feel free to wear your costumes! Come experience all that Old Hollywood has to offer. Register in advance for your passbook, or simply pick it up from the booth at the southeast corner of Whitley and Hollywood, on the sidewalk bump-out.

April Clemmer, tour guide with #WalkOldHollywood, will be leading short Haunted Hollywood tours on the hour from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sign up for your spot on a tour by registering here!

The third Local Night in Old Hollywood will feature the following restaurant participants:
Jameson’s Irish Pub
Cabo Cantina Hollywood

Boardner’s By La Belle
Baja Beach Bar
Rise N Grind
Crying Tiger

LIVE PERFORMANCES
6:30 – Rayssa
7:15 – Arthur*Autumn
8:00 – Devin Tait & The Traitors

JUGGLING
by Chris Ruggiero of Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap

LIVE PAINTING
by Amy Crosby of Witches Reframed

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October 18, 2017

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Hollywood Rises to the Challenge at 2017 Annual Meeting

Property owners and their representatives from the Hollywood Entertainment District and the Sunset & Vine District came together for the 20th annual All Property Owners Meeting. It was held this year at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Academy Room on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

The meeting was a little different from past years, as staff opened the meeting by acknowledging the difficult year experienced by many businesses and organizations in the area, due to the increases in crime, homelessness and encampments, and the unintended consequences of changes in various state and local laws and ordinances that have made enforcement more difficult. Executive Director Kerry Morrison shared concerns from business and property owners, spoke to the myriad issues that staff has addressed over the past year, and reflected on her twenty years working for the BID. LAPD Hollywood Commanding Officer Cory Palka shared his perspective on the challenges facing law enforcement officers in Hollywood and took questions from the audience.

However, good news was shared on the bright spots in Hollywood, including the BID’s maintenance, beautification, wayfinding signage and event programming initiatives, new developments, and new businesses to celebrate. Further, even more exciting news about the future of the two BIDs – soon to become one large District (the largest in Los Angeles), was shared by BID renewal co-chairs Brian Folb and John Tronson. Sunset & Vine District board president Fabio Conti concluded the meeting with closing remarks.

Despite the current challenges, Hollywood truly is rising to the occasion, strengthening its voice and looking to a bright future.

 

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October 17, 2017