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March 26, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks worked there. So did Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and practically everyone else. Soon, though, wrecking crews will be at work at the storied West Hollywood movie lot at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. Once known as the Warner Hollywood Studio, it's now called "The Lot. " Its new owner, CIM Group, intends to raze its aging wooden office buildings and sound-dubbing stages and replace them with glass-and-steel structures.
December 7, 2008 | Catherine Ho
When architect Lorcan O'Herlihy masterminded the color palette for the Formosa 1140 town houses in West Hollywood, he drew inspiration from Hollywood hot spot Formosa Cafe down the street. He designed a metallic skin that wraps around the building in shades of red. The skin helps diffuse light and heat, provides privacy for outdoor walkways and gives the building a funky geometric look.
September 9, 2003 | Nita Lelyveld, Times Staff Writer
Step into the low-ceilinged joint, into the narrow back room that once was a Red Car trolley, and it's easy to imagine -- Bogart bellying up to the bar, Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen huddling in the corner, John Wayne passing out on a banquette and waking in the morning to fry up his own breakfast. The Formosa Cafe has never been famous for its food. It's always been more kitsch than glam.
August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
September 13, 1997
Actress Shannen Doherty agreed to anger management counseling and two years' probation Friday in connection with a confrontation last year outside a West Hollywood bar. Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox also ordered the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star to pay $5,400 or perform 540 hours of community service after she pleaded no contest to a vandalism charge. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
January 6, 1993
Warner Bros. Hollywood Studios has won initial approval for an overhaul of its West Hollywood facilities that will spare the historic Formosa Cafe. The West Hollywood City Council on Monday gave its preliminary approval to a decade-long overhaul of the studio's 11-acre lot along Santa Monica Boulevard. Original plans to demolish the 50-year-old cafe, whose regular customers included John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, prompted an outcry that threatened to hobble the modernization plan.
I am tempted to say that Henry Vincent's smallish paintings of familiar Los Angeles buildings are accidentally interesting, which is to say their humor caught me totally off guard. Silhouetted against the inevitably blue sky are views of the Pacific Design Center, the facade of Nate 'n' Al's restaurant, a flag flying off of the top of Museum Square on Wilshire Boulevard and the seesawing letter R of the Roxy.
August 18, 2004 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
West Hollywood Gateway, a new shopping center on the east edge of West Hollywood, was sold by Los Angeles developer J.H. Snyder Co. for $72 million to real estate investment advisory firm ING Clarion Partners, Snyder said Tuesday. Snyder completed the 250,000-square-foot mall this year at Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. Anchored by Target and Best Buy, the two-story center is 98% leased.
The controversial proposal by Warner Bros. Hollywood Studios to tear down the legendary Formosa Cafe is only one small part of a huge development plan that calls for the demolition of many landmark buildings at one of the world's oldest studios.
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