Lost Los Angeles: Hollywood Hotel

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Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles
The Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, at night (Los Angeles Public Library)

Built at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in 1902, the Hollywood Hotel hosted many of the film industry’s pioneers, including Louis B. Mayer, Mae Murray, Norma Shearer, Irving Thalberg and Rudolph Valentino. Its Thursday night dances became legendary.

The hotel fell into decay in the 1940s and was razed to the ground in 1957. A twelve-story office building and shopping center was built in its stead. They were torn down in 2001 to make way for what is now the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping and entertainment complex.

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