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December 2009

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Old and New

Hollywood is always a mix of the old and new

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard

Of course this is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 7000 Hollywood Boulevard named for Theodore Roosevelt and financed by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer. It opened on May 15, 1927 the first Academy Awards were presented in 1929 in the Blossom ballroom. Montgomery Clift lived here for three months while filming From Here to Eternity (1953) in Room 928. But they say his ghost roams the eighth floor, walking around late at night, playing his bugle. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard paid five dollars a night for their penthouse you see up there, their love nest. There are lots of stories. It's an odd old place.

And on the street out back, it seems Phillip Marlow (Humphrey Bogart) parked his car from The Big Sleep (1946) it's a 1945 Chevy sedan, and it may have been sitting there since then

1945 Chevy Sedan parked on Hawthorn in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1945 Chevy Sedan parked on Hawthorn in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1945 Chevy Sedan parked on Hawthorn in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1945 Chevy Sedan parked on Hawthorn in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1945 Chevy Sedan parked on Hawthorn in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Those were the days (the Hollywood First National Bank at Hollywood and Highland)

Hollywood First National Bank at Hollywood and Highland

As for the new, this was Wednesday, December 16, 2009, the day when the revolutionary new James Cameron film Avatar had its World Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater, across the boulevard from the haunted hotel. They shut down the boulevard and set up the lights and all that sort of thing, for the arrival of the celebrities and stars at sundown. It happens all the time, one premiere after another, and the new is the same old thing.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, setting up for the world premiere of the James Cameron film Avatar at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard
1945 Chevy Sedan parked on Hawthorn in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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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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