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Old Posted Apr 19, 2014, 10:56 PM
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Hollywood & Vine - Part 2

Melody Lane (1940 – 1955)

The restaurant became Melody Lane in 1940.

It was soon remodeled; this photo is from 1947:


(1955-1969) Hody’s

Detail of a 1956 real estate map of Hollywood by Nirenstein's National Realty Map Company. Courtesy of the Map Collection - Los Angeles Public Library.


(1970-1985) Howard Johnson’s

Hollywood Photographs

William Reagh/LAPL

(1987 – c. 1988) The Brown Derby

Here’s two photos of the relocated (more like re-imagined) Brown Derby, which opened in October of 1987.

Hollywood Photographs

A year later, paraphrasing a 1988 Nov. 1st L.A. Times article: It reports that an estimated 100,000 people were on Hollywood Blvd. for the annual Halloween festivities when fighting (some reported rioting) broke out shortly before 11 p.m. Two policeman were injured.

Most of the property damage was confined to two blocks of Hollywood Boulevard between Vine Street and Cahuenga Boulevard, where shattered glass, upturned police barricades and broken flowerpots remained strewn on the sidewalk. Several stores were broken into with upwards of $130,000 worth of merchandise stolen. At the Brown Derby restaurant, looters smashed the front window, reaching in to steal bottles of wine.

Around this time, West Hollywood was becoming known for it’s annual Halloween “carnival” and this incident on Hollywood Blvd. effectively ended the annual Hollywood Blvd. Halloween gatherings whereby the city of L.A. subtly hinted the following year streets would be closed and heavily monitored and crowds should head over to West Hollywood. W.H.’s current Halloween Carnival draws upwards of 500,000 people!

(1990 – c. 1992) Premieres of Hollywood



A wikipedia entry says “Premieres of Hollywood was destroyed during the L.A. riots in 1992.”

Last edited by Martin Pal; Mar 26, 2017 at 6:36 PM. Reason: replace missing photos
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