Saturday, February 04, 2017
If you're going to visit Hollywood Boulevard, you're almost certainly going to be walking past Grauman's Chinese Theater. It's world famous! Today you will be besieged by people wearing costumes (Darth Vader, Superman, Master Chief, Elmo, Batman, etc), hoping to get a few bucks if you want to have your photo taken with them. How did that start? Why doesn't the theater send them packing? They make the place a seedy eyesore, in my opinion.
Anyway, I have a dozen or so old photos of the Chinese Theater from better days. I decided to scan this first one, circa 1958, even though another from the same day was posted in an earlier post. It's strange to see open space to the west of the theater - that part of the boulevard is completely built-up these days. I love the old cars and the sign for "Windjammer" in "Cinemiracle".
This next photo is from 1958. Again, it's weird to see that open space, this time to the east. There's Toff's, a long-gone eatery. That street running perpendicular to Hollywood Blvd. is no longer there; from the theater to Highland Avenue is the gigantic "Hollywood and Highland" shopping complex.
The movie playing was "The Blue Angel". A synopsis goes as follows: "Professor Immanuel Rath is shocked to discover a number of his students have been frequenting a nightspot called the Blue Angel, where a scandalous entertainer named Lola performs. Rath attends the show one night in order to catch some of his boys in this den of wickedness, but he is soon drawn into Lola's sensual spell, and in time becomes involved in an obsessive romance with her that costs him his job, his savings and his dignity".
It starred May Britt... according to Wikipedia, she was married to Sammy Davis Jr. for 8 years.
Hey, rent a mink, why don't you?
Here's a second view; notice the many fans milling around the forecourt, checking out the handprints, footprints, and signatures from many of Hollywood's greatest stars.