CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1988
The City Council on Tuesday declared Hollywood's Falcon Studios a landmark, even though the owner said any events of historical importance linked to it actually occurred elsewhere. The obscure Hollywood Boulevard studio--for years a fencing and dancing school--was purportedly frequented by such stars as Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Barrymore and Errol Flynn.
October 28, 2012 |
A $100-million apartment and shopping complex is be ing planned for a formerly neglected stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that once held a legendary rehearsal studio where generations of actors learned to dance and wield swords. Commercial real estate developer Sonny Astani said he bought a 1.9-acre site on Hollywood near Western Avenue for almost $11 million. Among the structures on the property is a building that was part of Falcon Studios, a performing arts school founded in 1929.
April 29, 1988 |
The Los Angeles City Council has declined to grant historic landmark status to the Falcon Studios in Hollywood. The complex of buildings at 5524-26 Hollywood Blvd. are where Errol Flynn, John Barrymore, Ronald Colman and other movie greats studied fencing under the late master swordsman and "Swashbuckler to the Stars" Ralph B. Faulkner. With 10 members of the 15-member council present, the Wednesday vote was 7 to 3 in favor of granting landmark status.
March 9, 1988 |
A group of legendary movie actors, including Alexis Smith, Macdonald Carey and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., have rallied to help save a vacant, run-down collection of buildings on Hollywood Boulevard where, some of the actors say, they studied and performed the now almost forgotten art of dramatic swordplay. The five buildings at 5524-26 Hollywood Blvd. near the corner of Western Avenue make up the rambling Falcon Studios, where the late master swordsman Ralph B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1988 |
From the front, Falcon Studios looks like an old, abandoned storefront. Dark wood covers the sides of the dingy, white brick structure, and its dusty windows are riddled with bullet holes. In fact, the studio blends so well with the other run-down buildings on the 5500 block of Hollywood Boulevard that it is hard to believe it was once considered the area's prime performing arts school. But it was, says Jonathan Polansky.
January 31, 1987 |
Ralph B. Faulkner, who crossed swords with some of Hollywood's biggest box office attractions, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. Fencing's grand old man was 95 and until three weeks ago was continuing to thrust and lunge at his students at Faulkner's Falcon Studio on Hollywood Boulevard. He was considered the world's oldest surviving Olympian, having participated in both the 1928 Games at Amsterdam and the 1932 Games in Los Angeles.