Musso & Frank Grill

October 6, 2014


Ready for a juicy steak and a stiff drink? Step off Hollywood Boulevard and into a Hollywood institution. At Musso & Frank, countless stars of the silent and golden age of Hollywood were known to sip martinis and chew on chops, served in a low-key dining room on white tablecloths. Charlie Chaplin even had his own booth, in the southwest corner of the restaurant.   The wine list is long with bottles, stocked both with California locals and a wide variety of other regions, and droll waiters deliver the daily-printed menus with aplomb.   Feeling not quite hungry enough for ...

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Preserving That Capitol Records Sound

December 9, 2013


Now that the Capitol Records Building is all decked out for Christmas, we thought it’d be a good time to remind you of our deep commitment to preserving Capitol’s world-renowned echo chambers, as well as the Capitol Records Building itself.   This week, we came across this great post on the blog A Continuous Lean, and thought you might like to know more about how the classic “Capitol Sound” has been achieved over the years (and will continue to be achieved, for many years to come!).   We’ve written about Les Paul’s famous echo chambers before, but ACL’s post collects ...

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Hollywood Christmas Parade: This Sunday!

November 25, 2013


That’s right, it’s almost time for our absolute favorite annual Hollywood tradition, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, benefiting Toys for Tots. The 82nd edition of the parade will feature all the usual pageantry, with giant balloons, marching bands, dance teams and more, along the parade’s U-shaped route.   This Sunday, December 1, at 5pm, the Pre-Parade Concert will get started, with performances in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre from Stevie Wonder, William Shatner, Leann Rimes, and the Goo Goo Dolls.   From there, the parade will head east down Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, then south to Sunset, before heading West ...

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“The Most Famous Trolley Trip in the West:” The Balloon Route

September 9, 2013


If you’ve read our previous history posts on Paul DeLongpre’s Gardens, or the Red Trolley Cars, you’ve heard of the once world-famous Balloon Route Trolley Trip.   Charles M. Pierce, also famous around these parts for opening Hollywood’s first hotel, the Glen-Holly Hotel, took over the struggling Balloon Route in 1904 and turned it into the west’s most famous tourist line, before the Los Angeles Pacific Co sold it off to the Pacific Electric Railway in 1911.   But what was the Balloon Route Trolley Trip exactly?   As the ubiquitous hawkers of early 20th-century LA would call out to ...

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Portrait of Los Angeles Project

September 3, 2013


When LA visitors head for the baggage claim at LAX, the “Welcome to L.A.” photos are their introduction to the city. Now there’s a chance to show the world YOUR Hollywood.   Everyone knows our world-famous landmarks, but Mayor Eric Garcetti needs your help determining the best off-the-beaten path spots for LA visitors to know about.   That’s why the Mayor’s office has created the Portrait of Los Angeles Project. Click through to find an online forum soliciting your suggestions–you can add your own, and also vote “Yes” to promote the suggestions of others (like this recent Runyon Canyon vote). ...

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Oscars Outdoors Tix Going Fast!

July 24, 2013


As you know, summer is Oscars Outdoors season in Hollywood (check out our recap of last year’s Young Frankenstein screening for details).   This Friday brings a sold-out screening under the stars of another Mel Brooks classic, Blazing Saddles, but there are still tickets available to a select few of the other classic films of the Academy’s series.   Just like last year, the series, featuring $5 tickets and a relaxed lawn chair and food truck atmosphere, has been a huge success, with every movie to date selling out.     In fact, just three of the $5 outdoor screenings ...

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The Hollywood Sign

July 15, 2013


Happy 90th Birthday to the world-famous Hollywood Sign!   A beacon for our neighborhood, as well as the symbolic center of the worldwide entertainment industry, the original Hollywood Sign (which read “HOLLYWOODLAND,” at the time, to promote the real estate development of that name) was officially dedicated on July 13th, 1923.   The 90 years since have seen the explosion of Hollywood as a mecca for artists and tourists, as well as a beloved home for hundreds of thousands.   The sign was only supposed to stay up for a year and a half, but the dawn of Hollywood’s golden ...

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Hiking Lake Hollywood Reservoir

July 9, 2013


Earlier this year, the 3.2 mile loop around Lake Hollywood reopened to the walking public.   A great spot for exercise, with amazing views of the Hollywood Sign on neighboring Mt. Lee, Lake Hollywood (a.k.a. Hollywood Reservoir, photo at left by Clinton Steeds) is a reservoir that holds 2.5 billion gallons of drinking water.   The reservoir is made possible by Mulholland Dam, designed and built in 1924 by William Mulholland. The area surrounding the reservoir is known as Lake Hollywood Park, and its paved service loop has long been home to recreational walking, jogging, and biking. After a record ...

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About the Developers

June 14, 2013


Millennium Partners is uniquely positioned to transform the surface parking lots next to the Capitol Records Building into a landmark mixed-use development that increases public open space and makes for a more walkable Hollywood.   Since 1991, Millennium Partners has earned an impressive reputation developing mixed-use properties in America’s gateway cities. Working hand-in-hand with local partners, Millennium Partners transforms overlooked locations into thriving, well-populated destination neighborhoods where people live, work and play. Some of the dynamic and historic neighborhoods that Millennium has helped to revitalize include San Francisco’s Yerba Buena area, Boston’s Theater District (formerly known as “The Combat Zone”), ...

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Capitol Records Building Architect Lou Naidorf on Millennium Hollywood

June 12, 2013


Last year William Roschen, the lead architect on the Millennium Hollywood project, interviewed original Capitol Records Building architect Lou Naidorf.   Naidorf designed the Hollywood landmark, which was the world’s first circular office building, when he was a 24-year-old working at Welton Becket and Associates.   Find out why the Capitol Records Building is circular, what Hollywood was like for a young architect in the 1950s, and what Lou thinks about development in Hollywood today–watch the video below:   Many thanks to Lou for his time and his wisdom about the future of Hollywood and the Capitol Records building. You ...

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