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April 2010

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Friday, April 2, 2010 Paramount Pictures

Live in Hollywood for sixteen years and what fascinates others just blends into the background just stuff you pass by every day without noticing. But for the record, and for those who like this sort of thing, pictures of Paramount Pictures down on Melrose Avenue and Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino are long gone

Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood

For the rain scenes

Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood

On the corner of Melrose and Gower, the old RKO Globe. When Gulf and Western Industries owned Paramount they bought the neighboring Desilu television studio, formerly RKO Pictures, from Lucille Ball, back in 1967. Using established Desilu shows as a foot in the door at the networks, they reincorporated as Paramount Television and became the kings of half-hour situation comedies. And this is the home of the original Star Trek series the one with all the cheesy special effects.

But the old RKO Pictures studios under this globe is where all the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers "white telephone" musicals were filmed like Flying Down to Rio and Gay Divorcee. The Foggy Day in London Town number from The Gay Divorcee was filmed here, not in London. And this globe was their logo the globe that spins at the start of the movie, with the radio tower on top and all the beeping. The radio tower on top is long gone now.

The RKO Globe at Melrose and Gower
The RKO Globe at Melrose and Gower
I Love Lucy Square, Melrose Avenue near Gower

Gower Street, Paramount Pictures on the right

Gower Street, Paramount Pictures on the right

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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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