Archive for June 16th, 2017

Historical Marker on the old Broadway Store at Hollywood and Vine

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Former Broadway Department Store at Hollywood and Vine. You can see the plaque as the dark square on the corner of the building in the bottom-center of the photo (Photo: Allan R. Ellenberger)

By Allan R. Ellenberger

Hollywood and Vine was marked for posterity on November 24, 1953 with the unveiling of a plaque set in the wall of the Broadway-Hollywood Department Store on the southwest corner of the intersection.

The plaque was unveiled in a noon-time ceremony by John Anson Ford, chairman of the Board of Supervisors in conjunction with Hollywood’s 50th anniversary. It was accepted by Edward W. Carter, president of the Broadway department stores and placed with the cooperation of the Historical Society of Southern California.

Also participating in the dedication ceremony were E. M. Stuart, general manager of the Broadway-Hollywood and president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and Harlan G. Palmer, publisher of the Hollywood Citizen-News. Music was furnished by the Los Angeles County Band.

Plaque on the corner of Hollywood and Vine (Photo: Allan R. Ellenberger)

THE PLAQUE READS… 

Hollywood was given its name by pioneers Mr. and Mrs. Horace H. Wilcox. They subdivided their ranch in 1887 and called two dirt cross-roads Prospect Avenue and Weyse Avenue. Prospect Avenue, the main artery, was renamed Hollywood Boulevard and Weyse Avenue became Vine Street. This was the origin of “Hollywood and Vine.”

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Los Angeles lights up City Hall with Bat-Signal

Friday, June 16th, 2017

The “Bat-signal” is projected onto Los Angeles City Hall in a tribute to the late actor Adam West who played the caped crusader in the 1960s TV series

 

Daily Mail

A giant Bat-signal lit up the side of City Hall in Los Angeles Thursday night to honor Batman actor Adam West, who played the superhero role in the 1960s television series. He died on Friday at age 88 following a battle with leukemia.

The caped crusader helped protect the fictional Gotham City in a franchise that began as a DC Comics strip before also moving to television and film. When Gotham’s authorities needed Batman’s help, they projected a light beam with his logo into the sky. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck led Thursday’s tribute. Hundreds of fans thronged the ceremony, many dressed up in costumes from the television series and films.

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