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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 The Sinister Past

A hot, dispiriting July afternoon on Hollywood Boulevard and the past hangs heavy in the air.  The old Fox Theater seems like something from a long-forgotten horror film

Former Fox Theater, Hollywood Boulevard

Next door, the Hollywood Studio Building 6554 Hollywood Boulevard Spanish Colonial Revival with Churrigueresque detail Gogerty and Weyl, 1927 conquistadors and odd birds and small monsters, and screaming faces

Hollywood Studio Building  6554 Hollywood Boulevard  Spanish Colonial Revival with Churrigueresque detail  Gogerty and Weyl, 1927
Hollywood Studio Building  6554 Hollywood Boulevard  Spanish Colonial Revival with Churrigueresque detail  Gogerty and Weyl, 1927
Hollywood Studio Building  6554 Hollywood Boulevard  Spanish Colonial Revival with Churrigueresque detail  Gogerty and Weyl, 1927

At the Edmund's store a poster for Little Caesar, from Belgium, in French but you get the idea

At the Edmund's store on Hollywood Boulevard - a poster for Little Caesar, from Belgium, in French

And this

Poster, The Vanishing American - for sale at the Edmund's store on Hollywood Boulevard

The speakeasy is back, just off Hollywood Boulevard on Hudson, which is pretty much an alley the Hush Lounge through the iron door and down the stairs to the right

Hush Lounge, Hollywood
Hush Lounge, Hollywood

It's all darkness, even in the sunshine. A detail from the "You Are a Star" mural by Tom Suriya at the southwest corner of Hollywood and Wilcox

Detail from the "You Are a Star" mural by Tom Suriya at the southwest corner of Hollywood and Wilcox
Detail from the "You Are a Star" mural by Tom Suriya at the southwest corner of Hollywood and Wilcox

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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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