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December 2008

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008 New Years Eve

For the record, New Years Eve on Sunset Boulevard

Hollywood Palladium, Sunset Boulevard between Argyle and El Centro, New Years Eve, 2008

This is, of course, the newly restored Hollywood Palladium it opened on September 23, 1940, with a concert by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  It's seen the Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, the Oscars, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Madonna and so on. It was built on the site of the original Paramount Pictures, between Argyle and El Centro. It's all Streamline Moderne again designed by Gordon Kaufmann, the architect of Greystone Mansion and the Los Angeles Times building.  Live Nation bought the place and is just finishing up the renovation.

And at the link you'll also see that November 18, 1961, there was a Democratic Party dinner here and President Kennedy spoke out against ultra-conservative organizations Southern California has plenty of those. And in February 1965, Martin Luther King was honored here by city officials, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now it's Infected Mushrooms.

Hollywood Palladium, Sunset Boulevard between Argyle and El Centro, New Years Eve, 2008
Hollywood Palladium, Sunset Boulevard between Argyle and El Centro, New Years Eve, 2008
Hollywood Palladium, Sunset Boulevard between Argyle and El Centro, New Years Eve, 2008
Hollywood Palladium, Sunset Boulevard between Argyle and El Centro, New Years Eve, 2008

If those Infected Mushrooms make you sick, drop by the bar next door very dark, very hip, with the velvet ropes and bouncers and all that.  In the sunlight it's just a sign.

The neon sign at "Well" - 6255 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

Sunset and El Centro, New Years Eve

Sunset and El Centro, New Years Eve

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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