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Old Hollywood Locals Night, The Beginning

By Devin Strecker

June 6, 2017

Once upon a time, Hollywood was a neighborhood where locals shopped for clothes and home goods, dined, and saw movies in the many theaters lining the boulevard. In more recent times, tourists have outnumbered locals, making some Angelinos steer clear of the area. A new event series called Old Hollywood Locals Night aims to change that, and bring neighbors together to enjoy all that Hollywood has to offer, but mostly to enjoy a sense of community.

A joint venture between HPOA and Stratiscope, a consulting firm hired by property owner Adolfo Suaya, the first Old Hollywood Locals Night was held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on April 19, 2017.

The inaugural event included a dining “scavenger hunt,” where attendees were able to experience local restaurants by receiving free samples at participating businesses. Attendees received passbooks where they collected stamps from the restaurants they visited, and were then eligble to enter a raffle.

The block of Hudson Ave. directly north of Hollywood Boulevard was closed for a festival which included a stage sponsored by Illi Commercial Real EstateGreg Offsay, Joseph Woods, and Carter Andrews. AMDA provided the stage and sound system, which was operated by Tony Zimbardi. Artists who performed included Sunshine & Moon, Cameron Nino, and Arthur*Autumn. DJ Myles Matisse started the party off, magician Mattias Ramos of Black Rabbit Rose delighted the audience, and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell shared remarks. The Poem Store created custom poems for attendees.

Community organizations manned booths at the festival, including Hollywood PAL, CD 13, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Hollywood YMCA, and Hollywood Arts Council.

Pop-up galleries were organized by Hollywood Heritage and HPOA, which displayed art by Thad Hunter Smith and clothing by Manam Fashion. Escape Hotel, Second City, LACE and WuHo Galleries also opened their doors to the community.

Participating restaurants included Harts Cafe, Rise & Grind, D’s Dubai Sauce, Saint Felix, Boardner’s, Loteria Grill, Black Rabbit Rose, Crying Tiger, Cabo Cantina and Urban Masala.

The next Old Hollywood Locals Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. To see a Facebook photo album from the April event, click here.

If you are a local business or organization in the Old Hollywood area, and would like to participate in the event, please click here.

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