HOLLYWOOD LOST: THEN & NOW
Hollywood Hotel site
(Hollywood Hotel: LAPL)
The above photo was taken from the northeast corner of Hollywood and Highland. The Hollywood Hotel was built in 1902 with another wing added in 1905. Not long after, the hotel was bought by Mira Hershey, an heir to an Iowa lumber and farming magnate. When the movies came to Hollywood this is where everyone stayed. By the 1950s it was a run down and faded remnant of its former splendor. The Hollywood Hotel was razed in August 1956.
(PHOTO: Allan R. Ellenberger)
Here is the same spot today taken from the same corner. The block is now the Hollywood and Highland complex and further down is the Kodak Theatre, the current home of the Academy Awards.