Mar 18, 2011

Hollywood Blvd. Continued

With months between this and my first Hollywood post it's amazing how different some of the images looked to me. I was reviewing the hundreds of pictures I shot and thought that there was still so much to share from the afternoon we spent chilling out on Hollywood Boulevard. No matter how cliche or sensationalized, there's still nothing quite like it. 

I've included a couple of historic shots below to compare the locations to their present day status.   It's actually pretty amazing that so much has happened on this one street, and with the vintage shots in mind, it's tough not to get swept up by the cultural significance of the surroundings.

Looking across the street to Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
This is a picture of Grauman's Chinese Theatre from 1957, long before the Kodak Theatre and super complexes took over the street.

This is a $300,000 Bentley Continental. Wow!
The decor of Hollywood and Highland was built in homage to the set from D.W. Griffith's 1916 film, Intolerance.  The scale is meant to showcase just how massive the original set was.
This is a still from the original set of D.W. Giffith's Intolerance (1916)
This is the entrance of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre.  It was opened in 1922 and is the site of the first ever Hollywood movie premiere, which was for Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks.
The historic Roosevelt Hotel, site of the very first Academy Awards in 1929.  You can see a vintage picture of the Cinegrill sign from 1949 below.
The El Capitan is a fully restored movie palace operated by Disney.
I dedicate this image to my friend Tyler who shared his pictures of some of the worst wax figures you can see in Hollwyood - not to be mistaken for Madame Tussauds just a block away.
This is a vintage image of Hollywood Blvd. from 1946.  The red building on the left is the Scientology building seen above.  The building further down the street with the tower on the left is the El Capitan Theatre.
I'm a sucker for pressed pennies.  The perfect pocket souvenir.
Such a cool place.

For more, check out the old footage I shot of Hollywood Blvd. from 2004.

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