Showbiz Imagery and Chicanery
former Chaplin studios, former AIP studios, future A&M Records headquarters, future Jim Henson studios

former Chaplin studios, former AIP studios, future A&M Records headquarters, future Jim Henson studios

the tower at Sunset and Van Ness still beams today

the tower at Sunset and Van Ness still beams today

Crossroads of the World, Hollywood landmark once full of sleazebags and Hollywood huckers like this fellow.

Crossroads of the World, Hollywood landmark once full of sleazebags and Hollywood huckers like this fellow.

fake AIP facade for the film How to Make a Monster - actually the entrance to the long-since-leveled Ziv Studios lot on Santa Monica Blvd - address was recently home to a Trader Joe’s and Los Burritos, which themselves were recently shut down for a new real estate development.

fake AIP facade for the film How to Make a Monster - actually the entrance to the long-since-leveled Ziv Studios lot on Santa Monica Blvd - address was recently home to a Trader Joe’s and Los Burritos, which themselves were recently shut down for a new real estate development.

inside Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip, 1947

inside Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip, 1947

Jerry Van Dyke at a Los Angeles snack bar

Jerry Van Dyke at a Los Angeles snack bar

downtown los angeles screengrab from a Bette Davis film

downtown los angeles screengrab from a Bette Davis film

"We are now passing the El Rey Theater here along the Miracle Mile."

Spectrum 2000, former incarnation of the Comedy Store location, 1967

Spectrum 2000, former incarnation of the Comedy Store location, 1967

The Walter Lantz building is still very much in existence at Seward and Willoughby (hence the Lantz cartoon character Inspector Willoughby). It is now a Technicolor facility.

The Walter Lantz building is still very much in existence at Seward and Willoughby (hence the Lantz cartoon character Inspector Willoughby). It is now a Technicolor facility.

Wilshire Blvd, 1947.

Wilshire Blvd, 1947.

Chaplin Studios was Skelton Studios for 2 years in the late 1950s.

Chaplin Studios was Skelton Studios for 2 years in the late 1950s.

Esther Ralston moves in on Hollyridge Dr

Esther Ralston moves in on Hollyridge Dr

home of silent film star Esther Ralston. Sold to her in 1927 via this ad. google street view 2212 Hollyridge Dr it and it looks exactly the same 87 years later.

home of silent film star Esther Ralston. Sold to her in 1927 via this ad. google street view 2212 Hollyridge Dr it and it looks exactly the same 87 years later.

Hollywood and Vine in the late 70s

Hollywood and Vine in the late 70s