The Egyptian Theatre – 1921

The Egyptian. 6712 Hollywood Blvd. 1921. Meyer & Holler, architects
The first of Sid Grauman’s Hollywood Boulevard theatres, the Egyptian’s styling was the result of the American fascination with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1920. The theatre opened in 1922 with the premiere of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

Los Angeles – Yesterday’s Places Today
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The Book is Out! Los Angeles – Yesterday’s Places Today

The book is out! The Book Is Out! THE BOOK IS OUT!

Well, I’m pretty excited about my first photo essay book Los Angeles – Yesterday’s Places Today. It is available at Blurb.com and I am selling it at cost.

You can also buy single prints at inancy at Smugmug or see a preview of some of the images on my Flickr site.

Here is the foreward which will tell you more about the book.

Foreward

Nearly a century since its beginnings, Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs are still dotted with historic reminders of the city’s early 20th century emergence as a modern metropolis with lavish theatres and grand buildings in a variety of architectural styles ranging from Beaux-Arts to Neo-Gothic to Art-Deco. The images presented here illustrate our modern 21st century life integrated among these vestiges from the past and covers the areas of Los Angeles’ South Broadway Theatre District, Hollywood Boulevard, and Santa Monica.

While compiling this collection, I became fascinated with the political, sociological, and economic factors that spurred the growth of this pueblo outpost located nearly twenty-five-hundred miles from New York City. During the process of research and preparation, I relinquished all notions of turning this volume into a history book. The images collected here present neither a comprehensive account of the Los Angeles area nor are they presented in a documentary style. A documentary photographer would aim for a perspective-perfect architectural rendering with few human distractions. Instead, I have exploited these beautiful historic buildings as the backdrop for a glimpse into our 21st-century life and way of thinking. I have stretched the perspectives and captured the pulse of life on the street as it intermingles among these aging structures. My simple wish is to capture some poignant images of historic Los Angeles in its current 21st-century context. The majority of these images were taken over a short period during the Spring of 2008.

The Orpheum Theatre. 842 S. Broadway. 1926

Orpheum Theatre, originally uploaded by Introducing Nancy.

The Orpheum Theatre. 842 S. Broadway. 1926. G. Albert Lansburgh, architect

Opened in 1926, the Orpheum is the fourth and final theatre operated by the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit in Los Angeles. Incorporated in 1919 and organized to acquire vaudeville theatres in the US and Canada the Orpheum’s holdings included 45 vaudeville theatres located in 36 cities. In 1928 the Orpheum Circuit merged with the chain of theatres owned by Benjamin Franklin Keith and Edward Franklin Albee II, to become the Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) motion picture studio.

2 for Wicked at the Pantages Theatre

Pantages Theatre Ticket Lobby
Pantages Theatre. 6233 Hollywood Blvd. 1930. B. Marcus Priteca architect

Opened in 1930 by Alexander Pantages as part of the Fox Theatre chain, it was the largest movie palace in Hollywood and the first Art Deco Theater in the United States. With a construction cost of $1.25 million, it has operated as a movie house with live vaudeville acts between features as well as hosting gala premieres and “spectaculars.” The Pantages Theatre was the home of the Academy Awards Presentations from 1949 to 1959. Today it operates as one of LA’s leading venues for touring musicals.

The Palace Theatre (Original Orpheum). 630 South Broadway. 1911

The Palace
The Palace Theatre, originally uploaded by Introducing Nancy.
The Palace
The Palace Theatre, originally uploaded by Introducing Nancy.

The Palace (Original Orpheum). 630 South Broadway. 1911. G. Albert Lansburgh, architect

This was the third home of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit and is now the oldest remaining original Orpheum theatre in the country. Renamed the Palace Theatre in 1926, it became a silent movie house and later added sound.

El Nuevo Fuego [The New Fire] mural

El Nuevo Fuego [The New Fire] mural. East Los Streetscapers. Acrylic on masonry, 80’x80′, 1985: Hosfield Building. 242 S. Broadway. 1914. Train and William, architects

Victor Clothing Company has many murals by several artists commissioned by Paul D. Harter, Ione F. Harter and Charles L. Fonarow. El Nuevo Fuego was the city’s first mural documenting the great moments in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.

The title links the 52-year interval between the Olympics of 1932 and 1984, with the Aztec tradition of restoring fire to the Aztec Nation every 52 years. East Los Streetscapers was formed in 1975 by Wayne Healy and David Botello.

Broadway – Historic LA Theatre District

The stretch of South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles between 3rd and 9th Streets is home to the Los Angeles Historic Theatre district. Developed between 1911 and 1931, many of these theatres began as venues for Vaudeville, but with the advent of film, several were transformed into movie theatres. The development of movie palaces on Hollywood Boulevard in 1922 by Sid Grauman, coupled by the forces of the Great Depression, signaled the decline of these historic palaces.