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November 19, 2010
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd. When: Restaurant 25 Degrees, open 24-7; Bridge restaurant, open 5:30 p.m. daily; Tropicana Bar, open 7 to 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 to 2 a.m. Sun; Lobby Bar, open daily and nightly; Teddy's and Library Bar open nightly. Info: (323) 466-7000; http://www.thompsonhotels.com
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April 10, 2014 | By Susan King
The curtain goes up Thursday on the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of the restoration of Fred Zinnemann's 1955 "Oklahoma!," based on the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Shirley Jones, who made her film debut in the hit, will be on hand at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax to discuss the film with Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies' popular host. Over the next four days, rabid movie fans will descend on Hollywood to watch beloved classic films and see some of Tinseltown's most venerable stars, including Jerry Lewis, who will have a hand and footprint ceremony outside the Chinese and appear at the screening of 1963's "The Nutty Professor"; Kim Novak, who will appear at the screening of 1958's "Bell, Book and Candle"; Maureen O'Hara, who will be the special guest at the presentation of the 1941 Oscar-winning best film "How Green Was My Valley"; and Mel Brooks, who will be cracking wise at the 40th anniversary celebration of "Blazing Saddles.
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February 4, 1986 | Jack Smith
I drove out to Hollywood the other day to see if B. Dalton's bookstore had a copy of "The Last Tycoon," F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel (they did), and stopped in to see the renovated Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Anyone who thinks that Hollywood Boulevard is dead should pay the Roosevelt a visit. It gleams with newness, and inspires with spacious vaulted rooms, period grandeur, and a haunting memory of Hollywood past.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long had a reputation for serving up some of the best drinks in town. The menu was originally cultivated under the tutelage of mixologist Aidan Demarest, and gained wings thanks to the hugely creative and balanced drinks of herb-growing bartender Naomi Schimek. Now owners Med Abrous and Marc Rose are seeking to expand the fun -- and brand recognition -- by launching a cocktail catering program. The plan is simple: If you have a special event or party coming up, you can hire the Spare Room team to create a craft cocktail service tailored to that event.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2011
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927, financed by such Hollywood luminaries as MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer and superstar couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. As soon as the hotel threw open its doors, it was the place to be seen in town. On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in the hotel's fashionable Blossom Room. The winners had been announced to the press three months earlier. It was the only time the awards were held there.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
In Hollywood, nightclub years are like dog years. Teddy's, the tiny nightclub tucked into the far front corner of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, had been open and popular for an impressive seven years - retirement age for most clubs - before being shut down last year for a remodel. It's now in a soft-open phase, and if early attendance numbers and enthusiasm are any indication, it's as popular as ever. Surprisingly, Med Abrous, director of promotions and entertainment for Thompson Hotels, went out of his way to not change much during the eight months the club was shut down.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone was etched in entertainment history Friday when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The aging mogul's family members and some of Hollywood's most powerful executives were on hand to witness the tribute on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscar ceremony was held. Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman compared Redstone to Adolph Zukor, the visionary New York nickelodeon owner who became one of the first people to make big money in movies.
NEWS
June 21, 2007
What does it take to get cozy with Prince? Plenty of luck and a chunk of paycheck. The purple-favoring artist kicks off a seven-show stand at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Saturday, offering guests dinner from his personal chef, a two-hour performance and an after-set jazz jam, all with a price tag commensurate with his icon status. Prince, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and June 28-30; two dates TBA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999
A memorial service for longtime KFWB-AM (980) broadcaster Cleve Hermann will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The public is invited. Hermann died Dec. 31 in Redding, Calif., at the age of 80.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long had a reputation for serving up some of the best drinks in town. The menu was originally cultivated under the tutelage of mixologist Aidan Demarest, and gained wings thanks to the hugely creative and balanced drinks of herb-growing bartender Naomi Schimek. Now owners Med Abrous and Marc Rose are seeking to expand the fun -- and brand recognition -- by launching a cocktail catering program. The plan is simple: If you have a special event or party coming up, you can hire the Spare Room team to create a craft cocktail service tailored to that event.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | by Mark Olsen
The 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival will run April 10-13. The festival, in its fifth year, will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel. Passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Fest will go on sale in November at prices from $249 to $1,599. TCM's Robert Osborne will again serve as official host of the festival, with Ben Mankiewicz also introducing various events. FULL COVERAGE: Film festivals The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will again serve as the festival's official hotel and central gathering point, with screenings and events held at the TCL Chinese Theatre and Chinese 6 Theatres, as well as the Egyptian Theatre.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Vartan Abgaryan has been executive chef at Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake since late last year when he took over the kitchen at the dreamy neighborhood spot on Sunset Boulevard. Abgaryan, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, worked at Andre Soltner's Lutece in Las Vegas before returning to Southern California, where by the age of 25 he was chef at Red Pearl Kitchen, then A Restaurant in Newport. He opened Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and in November took the reins at Cliff's Edge from Benjamin Bailly.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013
Teddy's at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Hours: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays Price: No cover Info: (323) 466-7000; http://www.thompsonhotels.com
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
In Hollywood, nightclub years are like dog years. Teddy's, the tiny nightclub tucked into the far front corner of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, had been open and popular for an impressive seven years - retirement age for most clubs - before being shut down last year for a remodel. It's now in a soft-open phase, and if early attendance numbers and enthusiasm are any indication, it's as popular as ever. Surprisingly, Med Abrous, director of promotions and entertainment for Thompson Hotels, went out of his way to not change much during the eight months the club was shut down.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Watch the Oscars on your couch again this year, or get out for some Champagne and oysters, or chips and guacamole, or a three-course dinner with wagyu beef and Dover sole? If you're thinking the latter, here are some options, including free pizza:  Pizzeria Il Fico Pizzeria Il Fico will throw its first annual Oscar pizza party. For the Academy Awards on Sunday, for each pizza purchased receive a second of equal or lesser value for free. The offer applies to both in-restaurant and takeout orders.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone was etched in entertainment history Friday when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The aging mogul's family members and some of Hollywood's most powerful executives were on hand to witness the tribute on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscar ceremony was held. Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman compared Redstone to Adolph Zukor, the visionary New York nickelodeon owner who became one of the first people to make big money in movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS
"Somethin' Blue: A Barely Risque Revue," at the Cinegrill of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, turns a couple dozen sexually suggestive show tunes into a campy shrine to musical double-entendre. But if you're looking for real sparks, you came to the wrong cabaret. The voices of the five ensemble members--Paul Bryant, Donna Cherry, Connie Jackson, Sharon McNight and George Solomon--don't always mesh, and some of their ragged routines appear scantily rehearsed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2012 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Damien Bona earned a law degree from New York University in 1980 but spent only two years practicing law. As he told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, "I had to choose between a job and an obsession. I chose the obsession. " Bona's obsession was the Academy Awards and all of the attendant hoopla, campaigning, gaffes and backstage controversies surrounding Hollywood's annual Big Night, dating to the first Oscar ceremony — a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. Bona, coauthor of the 1986 book "Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards" and sole author of a 2002 sequel, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in New York, 15 days after sudden cardiac arrest, said Neil Cohen, his brother-in-law.
FOOD
June 2, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Is there a more stunning hotel lobby than the one at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? With its heavy painted beams, chic leather daybeds and grand proportions, it exudes old Hollywood glamour. A stately hush hovers over the vast room, and most of the time it's quiet enough to talk, a perfect place to meet for a drink after a film at the American Cinematheque. From the Library Bar tucked in one corner you can order up a classy Manhattan made with rye, Carpano Antica vermouth and maraschino cherry liqueur.
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