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March 6, 1998 | AL MARTINEZ
When I first met Marcel Montecino he was playing the piano at a place on Sunset Boulevard called the Cafe Brasserie. He was a quiet, moody kind of guy and his music reflected the slow and bluesy attitude one associates with lazy summer nights in a city of dreams. You get lost in music like that, remembering places you've never been and seeing faces you've never seen, like misty segments of a romantic fantasy.
March 10, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Just hours before hoisting his Oscar for best picture for "Argo" in February 2013, actor-director Ben Affleck cheered on his daughter Violet as she won the Pacific Palisades spelling bee. Geena Davis lunches at Matthew's Garden Cafe, and Dustin Hoffman shops at the local Gelson's on Sunset Boulevard. The Palisades is that kind of place - where celebrities mingle with regular people, and everybody is well shod. It's peculiar, then, that Pacific Palisades' shopping village has the beaten-down aura of a Midwestern Main Street where the mom-and-pop shops have been driven out by Wal-Mart, only there's no Wal-Mart.
November 5, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
"Sunset Boulevard" is ready for its close-up. Billy Wilder's 1950 award-winning darkly satiric tale of Hollywood starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim and Nancy Olson is making its Blu-ray debut Tuesday in a new digital restoration. This isn't the first digital restoration for "Sunset Boulevard," which earned 11 Oscar nominations and won three Academy Awards. "Sunset Boulevard" was restored a decade ago for its DVD release. "It was the first time that an entire film was scanned for restoration," noted Andrea Kalas, vice president of archives at Paramount Pictures.
March 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
November 24, 1989
The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $716,000 project to widen Sunset Boulevard at Will Rogers State Park Road in Pacific Palisades, but it may be two years before motorists see an improvement of the intersection. City engineer Mike Stafford said work to widen the roadway by up to 16 feet, create a left-turn lane and install a traffic signal and other improvements is not scheduled to begin until April, 1991.
May 14, 1996
Work began Monday on a nine-month project to improve a treacherous strip of Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades near the Will Rogers State Historic Park. There have been many accidents on that stretch of road, said Claire Rogger, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles City Councilman Marvin Braude, who is seeking funding for the project. The road project will include the widening and re-striping of existing traffic lanes and adding left-turn lanes for drivers trying to cut across Sunset Boulevard.
May 8, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Construction workers have begun preparing for the demolition of the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 Freeway, a new phase in a larger effort to widen the roadway on the Westside and into the San Fernando Valley. The demolition will begin later this month or in early June and will take part in two stages, according to Marc Lippman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Crews will begin by tearing down the southern part of the bridge with a hoe ram — a crane with a massive jackhammer attached — and will spend 10 months reconstructing it. Then they will demolish the northern stretch of the bridge, followed by 10 more months of rebuilding.
July 23, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The Sunset Boulevard bridge is ready for its close-up. After weeks of preparation, construction crews Friday night will shut down portions of busy Sunset Boulevard and the 405 Freeway on the Westside to begin jackhammering and demolishing the southern half of the bridge. Workers will then spend 10 months rebuilding it before going through the same drill on the bridge's northern half. Transportation officials have met regularly with neighbors and businesses, sent e-mail blasts and communicated via Twitter and Facebook to keep them apprised of closures and detours.
December 26, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
Downey's California: --Holiday thought: Better to have Jack Frost nipping at your nose than Dennis Hopper sniffing at your shoes. --Were I Robert Duvall, I would have told my agent: "No way. Wrestling Mariel Hemingway, maybe." --Two Wisconsin people in town for the Rose Bowl heard that Glenn Close was doing "Sunset Boulevard." They walked the street for three days and never saw her once. --New script I'm writing based on Mario Lemieux's underwear: "The Penguin Brief."
September 23, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Two years and two months after demolition and reconstruction work began, a wider and stronger Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 Freeway is set to reopen Monday. The reopening marks a breakthrough in the $1-billion 405-widening project, which has created epic traffic jams and led to unprecedented full-freeway closures. The Sunset bridge was the first of several spans to go under the jackhammer, in July 2010, and will be the first to reopen. At 5 a.m. Monday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and transportation officials will be on hand as workers remove traffic cones and open two new lanes on the busy bridge, traversed by as many as 22,000 vehicles on a typical weekday.
January 30, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
With plans for a motion picture museum relocated to Wilshire Boulevard, another vast complex of apartments, offices and stores may be coming to the heart of Hollywood in the block just south of the ArcLight Cinema complex. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the group that puts on the Oscars, scrapped plans for a museum there and sold the full city block near Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street to Los Angeles developer Kilroy Realty Corp. for $46 million. The proposed project, valued at as much as $285 million, underscores the ascendancy of the Vine Street neighborhood around Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, where billions of dollars' worth of development has been completed or planned in recent years.
December 25, 2013 | By Jason Felch
On one of the busiest film nights of the year, hundreds of people at a Los Angeles movie theater complex were evacuated after fire alarms interrupted their Christmas movie viewings. The alarms went off at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard about 5:30 p.m., an employee said. By 6:20, guests were being allowed back into the theaters. “Looks like it was a false alarm,” said employee Eric Corbin. “We're still accepting purchases, and more than likely we'll be up and running in the next half hour.” Christmas Day is one of the busiest of the year for the ArcLight, where 14 theaters can seat several thousand movie-goers.
November 24, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
All five lanes of the northbound 405 Freeway will be closed Monday and Tuesday in West Los Angeles as work continues on the Sepulveda Pass Improvement project, officials said. The lanes will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m., with ramp closures beginning at 7 p.m. Monday and lane closures starting at 10 p.m., according to Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. Crews will work on striping and shifting traffic lanes, Sotero said. Work on the southbound lanes was completed early Sunday morning, he said.
November 21, 2013 | By Jason La
Eric Beteille captured this colorful image at the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards on Nov. 13. His impression is that the intersection is becoming a cultural bookend for the neighborhood similar to nearby Sunset Junction. Beteille used a Nikon D700.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
November 19, 2013
Re "Silver Lake evolution lures newcomers, worries locals," Nov. 16 I find it amusing that residents now long for some golden old days of Silver Lake. When we built a house in 1991 two blocks from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, my partner and I spent every Saturday getting up at 7 a.m. to paint over gang graffiti, pick up trash in the streets and water some of the two-dozen trees we persuaded neighbors to plant. Our new house overlooked a previously private corner, and we soon discovered we had to shine lights to drive away the cars in which local prostitutes serviced clients.
November 15, 2013 | Sandy Banks
In its recent ranking of popular spots, CNN's business website called Silver Lake the nation's second-best big city neighborhood. It's "a haven for families as well as hipsters ... packed with shops and hotspots, defying the 'no walking in L.A.' cliche. " There is indeed plenty of walking on Silver Lake's main drag, but that's because there's practically nowhere to park along that busy stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Look up the hill along Hyperion Avenue and you'll see those visitors' cars - hogging spots that local residents have long considered theirs.
"Sunset Boulevard," the only genuinely new musical of the Broadway season, and "Show Boat," an extravagant revival of an American classic, took top honors in Sunday's Tony Awards. Among plays, the revival of "The Heiress" and "Love! Valour! Compassion!" were the top scorers. "Sunset Boulevard" was voted best new musical and collected six other Tonys. "Show Boat" was named best musical revival and won four more Tonys.
July 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dickson Hughes, 82, a composer and actor who wrote an early musical stage version of "Sunset Boulevard" for the film's star, Gloria Swanson, died June 18 in Palm Springs after a brief illness. In 1955, Swanson asked Hughes and his then-partner Richard Stapley to turn the 1950 film into a musical for her. They did, but the project foundered when Swanson developed a romantic interest in Stapley, Hughes told The Times in 1994.
November 9, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a Friday night shooting in Hollywood that left one person dead and another injured, police said. The shooting occurred before midnight near the Hollywood Palladium following a concert at the venue, police said. The victims were re-boarding a party bus in the 6100 block of Sunset Boulevard that had traveled to Hollywood from Compton, according to KTLA News . Officials said some type of argument occurred before the shooting started.
October 28, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A fire hydrant in Hollywood that ruptured after a car slammed into it Monday morning sent water high into the air and onto the House of Blues property, authorities said. Firefighters who received a call about the incident about 3:47 a.m. controlled the water spurt in the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard and had the scene cleared an hour later. It was unclear how much damage the water caused to the concert venue. A representative at House of Blues could not immediately be reached. Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Bowman at the West Hollywood station said the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash.  It was not immediately known what caused the driver to veer off the road and slam into the fire hydrant, Bowman added.
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