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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Sins of Hollywood – Tinseltown’s First Sordid Look at Scandal

“The Sins of Hollywood,” via Archive.org. From its very beginnings, the motion picture industry has endured protests and censorship attacks from conservative members of the American public, those scandalized at seeing women given the right to be heroines, use of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Theatre Mechanique: Little Theatre, Big Heart

Theatre has enlightened and entertained audiences for centuries as it weaves the tales of life and love through both the comedic and dramatic talents of myriad actors. While most stage acting involves the danger and electricity of live performance, sometimes … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The 233 Club, Hollywood’s Masons

Feb. 27, 1926: The proposed building for the 233 Club in the Los Angeles Times. The jazz-mad, high-flying 1920s celebrated adventure, life, and excitement after all the dreariness and death of World War I. New-fangled fads skyrocketed in popularity one … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Since Ma Is Playing Mah Jongg’ 1920s Game Craze

“Since Ma Is Playing Mah Jongg,” sung by Eddie Cantor, sheet music courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the 1920s, life changed fast and furiously as people celebrated the Jazz Age. Dance mad, adventure-seeking flappers and flaneurs jumped from craze to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The ‘It’ Cafe, Hollywood’s Swankiest Night Spot

The “It” Cafe in the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Restaurants go in and out of style in Hollywood just as quickly as go-go boots and bell bottoms, thanks to those following the hip crowd … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 4269 Lankershim Blvd: Evolution of an Address

Club Indigo matchbook courtesy of Mary Mallory. While some proprietorships remain in business for decades at one address, most often, occupancy at the site frequently changes due to economic and cultural cycles. Following owners usually continue in the same vein … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Junius Estep and Alfred Lindstedt, Early but Forgotten Stills Photographers

Bessie Eyton by Junius Estep, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early days of silent film production, moving picture companies promoted their brand names to consumers, selling films around the quality and type of pictures produced by their individual companies. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Assistance League Scouts Film Locations

Motion Picture Magazine, 1925. In the early days of the motion picture industry, no rules and regulations held down the field’s growth and development as companies basically made it up as they went along. There were no labor rules, no … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Teddy the Dog, Mack Sennett’s Best Friend

Teddy the dog with a Mack Sennett bathing beauty, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Guide, guard, and constant companion, the friendly dog is man’s best friend. Unswervingly loyal and supportive, canines give much needed love and help when times are tough. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Athletic Club Trains Filmdom’s Elite

The Hollywood Athletic Club, Photoplay, 1924. In the 1910s and 1920s, social clubs were all the rage in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Many people immigrated to Southern California’s sunny shores pursuing new adventures. Most arrived friendless and eager to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Max Ree Adds Fine Design

Max Ree , in an undated photo. Mostly forgotten today thanks to his short film career, Danish architect turned costume and set designer Max Ree fashioned elegant artistry in the motion picture field from the mid-1920s through the mid-1930s. He … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition Caught on Film

The Tower of Jewels, in an image from the Los Angeles Public Library. One hundred years ago, San Francisco hosted the most elaborate and and fantastic World’s Exposition until that time in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre David O. Selznick’s Summer Playhouse

The Lobero Theatre. Santa Barbara’s beautiful Lobero Theatre has long operated as Hollywood’s go-to location for theatrical tryouts and performances since its opening in 1924. California’s oldest continuous operating theatre, the Lobero was founded in 1873 by Jose Lobero, before … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory/Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

“When the Earth Trembled,” courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival offered a little something for everyone during their recently concluded 20th anniversary festival. From presentations by renowned historians and archivists to screenings … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Breakfast Club Dines on History

Leading up to the twentieth century, few social organizations existed, except for those of wealth or higher class, or working for a charitable organization. Most people attended a religious organization of some kind. Military veterans honored those who died in … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

“Sherlock Holmes” starring William Gillette, courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Conceived by Melissa Chittick and Stephen Salmons as a way to share the beauty of early cinema with the world, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Griffith Observatory Celebrates 80 Years of Reaching for the Stars

The cover of an undated brochure about Griffith Observatory, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Originally a dream of Los Angeles benefactor and convicted murderer “Colonel” Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Observatory now stands as one of the city’s preeminent … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Colleen Moore’s Dollhouse Supports Children’s Charities

Colleen Moore’s doll house in a frame grab from CBS “Sunday Morning.” From the beginning of time, people have been collectors. Objects as diverse as paintings, stamps, shells, rocks, postcards, photographs, baseballs, or even furniture have been compiled for the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: L.J. Burrud: Hollywoodland Publicity Man and Western Adventurer

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Southern California and Los Angeles exploded into the public zeitgeist thanks to imaginative advertising and publicity from area supporters and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s Pig’n Whistle Draws Film Fans

A souvenir postcard for the Pig’n Whistle, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Famous for decades as an upscale destination for sweet treats and light bites, Hollywood Blvd.’s Pig’n Whistle soda fountain and candy shop featured elegant surroundings and lighthearted family atmosphere, … Continue reading

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