Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Cocoanut Grove

Back in the day, when it was time to go out in Hollywood, folks went to The Cocoanut Grove. Seated in the Ambassador Hotel, The Cocoanut Grove was the hot spot for celebrities and the like. 

The Cocoanut Grove was filled with fake palm trees that came from Rudolph Valentino's 1921 film, "The Sheik". The 2nd and 12th Academy Awards were held here as well as the 1st Golden Globe Awards.

Joan Crawford was rumored to hit The Cocoanut Grove weekly to dance and won over 100 dancing awards.

June Allyson and Dick Powell

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney

Desi and Lucy

Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg

Lena Horne singing.

In 2005 Los Angeles did what it does best (Ruin history and replace it with crap. Schwabs Drugstore anyone?) and decided to tear down the Ambassador Hotel so it could build a school. They auctioned off the goods and it was bye bye.

They just don't make napkins like this anymore!

I'll take some Deep Sea Food for $2.75!

You can still go visit the remaining entry way that Los Angles was gracious enough to preserve.

Howard Hughes and Kat Hepburn would be sad.


VP81955 said...

Not to mention Carole Lombard, who regularly danced at the Grove at a teenage Fox starlet in the mid-1920s -- often against Joan Crawford.

L said...

LOVE your blog! Thanks for all the great photos of this fabulous place!