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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Hollywood Skyscraper

Forget Hollywood's Golden Age all those stars of yesterday and the old movie palaces, now so carefully restored.  And forget whatever the current glamorous glitz is, and the empty-headed Paris Hilton crowd, and the clubs and studios and bus tours offering a glimpse of the stars' homes hidden in the hills. Hollywood is now urban, even if it will never be urbane.  Some of it will remind you of Manhattan tall buildings and sidewalks, as they say.

But urban Hollywood is Manhattan with an odd twist add palm trees, and an overlay of movie madness.  This is Sunset and Vine.

Palm trees and skyscraper, northwest corner of Sunset and Argyle, Hollywood
Cranes in Hollywood

The Sunset-Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine 1964, Honnold, Reibsamen and Rex late International style, the office skyscraper in the 1975 film "Earthquake" now gutted and being rebuilt as condos.  The studios still find it useful.

The Sunset-Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - 1964, Honnold, Reibsamen and Rex - late International style, the office skyscraper in the 1975 film "Earthquake" - now gutted and being rebuilt as condos.  The studios still find it useful.
The Sunset-Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - 1964, Honnold, Reibsamen and Rex - late International style, the office skyscraper in the 1975 film "Earthquake" - now gutted and being rebuilt as condos.  The studios still find it useful.
The Sunset-Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - 1964, Honnold, Reibsamen and Rex - late International style, the office skyscraper in the 1975 film "Earthquake" - now gutted and being rebuilt as condos.  The studios still find it useful.
The Sunset-Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - 1964, Honnold, Reibsamen and Rex - late International style, the office skyscraper in the 1975 film "Earthquake" - now gutted and being rebuilt as condos.  The studios still find it useful.
The Sunset-Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - 1964, Honnold, Reibsamen and Rex - late International style, the office skyscraper in the 1975 film "Earthquake" - now gutted and being rebuilt as condos.  The studios still find it useful.

The new Hollywood urban man, on a poster at the base of the tower

Hollywood poster - businessman on red background
Hollywood poster - businessman on red background

Get your bearings

Sunset and Vine

Schwab's Drug Store where Harold Arlen wrote "Over the Rainbow" under its neon sign, where Lana Turner was not discovered while she sipped a soda at the counter in her tight sweater, where F. Scott Fitzgerald had his fatal heart attack was actually on the southwest corner Sunset and North Laurel Avenue.  But they built a new one at Sunset and Vine.  It went under.

Schwab's Drug Store - where Harold Arlen wrote "Over the Rainbow" under its neon sign, where Lana Turner was not discovered while she sipped a soda at the counter in her tight sweater, where F. Scott Fitzgerald had his fatal heart attack - was actually on the southwest corner Sunset and North Laurel Avenue.  But they built a new one at Sunset and Vine.  It went under.

Sunset and Vine is just an odd place.

Unattributed bronze statue, Great Western Plaza, Sunset and Vine, Hollywood

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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