CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 |
The corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue offers a picture postcard view of the new, revitalized Tinseltown. The boulevard is jammed with tourists, the streets lined with tour buses. Street performers dressed in colorful costumes entertain and panhandle on the sidewalk in front of chain stores such as Forever 21, Sephora, the Hard Rock Cafe and Express. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel films his late-night show across the street. But this week, Hollywood got a stark reminder that for all the upscale development and trendy venues, the district hasn't fully shaken off its darker past.
June 27, 1987 |
When they first surveyed the open fields, wooded hills and scattered orchards of Cahuenga Valley, the Prohibitionist couple from Kansas dreamed of creating a Christian utopia in this frost-free belt. Purchasing 120 acres in 1887, Horace and Daeida Wilcox subdivided the property, plotted streets, planted pepper trees and offered free lots to any church community. Gambling halls, billiard dens and saloons were prohibited when Hollywood was born.
April 11, 1994
Mabel Eby, 78, who oversaw the always sensitive ticket distributions and seating arrangements for 44 annual Academy Award presentations and the longest-serving employee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She came to the academy in 1945, when it was at Hollywood and Vine before moving to Beverly Hills. She retired in 1988 and was credited with knowing more film stars and executives than most of the industry members she served. In Beverly Hills on Thursday after a long illness.
June 7, 2009
Re: "Pinching pennies in Hollywood," June 4: There's no doubt that people are spending less on essentials and incidentals. However, some attractions for tourists and locals alike are free and fun. Case in point: Los Angeles' Metro system, which has glamorous stations at Hollywood and Vine, and Hollywood and Highland. At the latter, in front of the sidewalk entry, free Metro Art Tours start at 10 a.m. every first Saturday of the month. Morley J. Helfand, Metro Art Council Docent Arcadia
April 29, 2011 |
Hollywood and Vine has long been one of the most famous intersections in the world, but until the last few years visitors to the area were greeted by a few bodegas, Avalon nightclub, a burrito stand and the Pantages Theatre. Sure, there was a lingering sense of history from its heyday in the '30s, and the Capitol Records building is awe-inspiring, but after throwing back a few sorrowful martinis at the Frolic Room it was time to move west — to where the real action was. This week, the opening of a new bar, restaurant and nightclub called Lexington Social House crowns several years of rapid growth along the axis once frequently name-checked by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and now emerging as a lively alternative to the tourist-heavy bustle at Hollywood and Highland.