Archive for October 31st, 2008

“Halloween’s” 30th Anniversary…

Friday, October 31st, 2008







Two of the original houses from the 1978 hit film Halloween, starring Jaime Lee Curtis, are on Orange Grove Avenue, a tree-lined street in Hollywood. Many of the other locations in the film can be found in Pasadena and Alhambra.



Allan Ellenberger photo




1537 North Orange Grove Avenue,

Hollywood, California


In the film this was the Wallace residence where the murder of Laurie’s (Jaime Lee Curtis) best friend, Annie, took place. The house has changed as the garage on the left has been added since the film was made.




Allan Ellenberger photo




1530 North Orange Grove Avenue,

Hollywood, California


Across the street is the Doyle residence, where Laurie was baby-sitting Tommy. The house has changed very little in the last 30 years. The brick pillars are still in the front, however, there are now hedges between them. In the film, the children can be seen running out of the house and between the pillars and onto the street.



Watch a trailer from the hit 1978 film, Halloween!


PLEASE NOTE: These are private homes! Do not trespass on the property,
knock on their doors, or do anything else that might disturb the residents!



Saving What Remains of the Laemmle Building…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Preservationists try to block demolition of Basque nightclub


INCARNATIONS: Gregory Paul Williams stands at Hollywood and Vine with a photo of the building he and other preservationists are trying to save. Originally the Coco Tree Cafe, it became Melody Lane, then Hody’s Restaurant.


1939 renovation eliminated much of the architect’s design, as well as the building’s historical significance, city council finds. The site was damaged in an April fire that remains unsolved.


By Bob Pool
October 31, 2008


Preservationists hoping to save the facade of a Richard Neutra-designed building at Hollywood’s most famous corner have been told they are 70 years too late to stop demolition.


Workers are removing the remains of the Basque nightclub, which was gutted about six months ago by a mysterious predawn fire at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.


The owner of the site ordered the tear-down after deciding that the damaged building was a safety hazard and that a 1939 remodel of the place had erased all evidence of Neutra’s styling.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)