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1920’s

1927 :: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Zelda move into the bungalows

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1920 :: Ambassador Hotel Corporations buys 187 acres of land

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1920 :: May 26, 1920, the Ambassador Hotel Corporation lands a big deal, aquiring 187 acres of land in west Los Angeles. The land is to be developed into a golf course and country club for hotel guests and exclusive members. The golf course is only a 12 minute drive from the famous Ambassador Hotel in a largely unpopulated area of Los Angeles. On September 15, 1936, American Legion post commander C. D. “Ace” Aseltine launched a drive to establish a recreation park on the site of...

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1926 :: The Brown Derby restaurant opens

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The Brown Derby began as the brainchild of Herb Somborn (the husband of actress Gloria Swanson), Wilson Mizner (a well known screenwriter), and Sid Grauman (of Chinese Theater fame). One night in 1925, they were chatting with Ben Frank, the manager of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel, and Somborn remarked, “You could open a restaurant in an alley and call it anything, or you could even build it in the shape of a hat, and if the food and service were good, the patrons would come...

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1922 :: The first 3D film shown to a paying audience debuts

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in 1920's, Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

1922 :: The Power of Love – now a lost film – was the first 3-D feature film shown to a paying film audience, at the Ambassador Hotel’s ‘theater’ in Los Angeles in September, 1922. The stereoscopic film was projected ‘dual-strip’ in the red/green anaglyph format, making it both the earliest known film that utilized dual strip projection and the earliest known film in which anaglyph glasses were used. The film utilized and may have been the only...

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1921 :: The Ambassador Hotel opens

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1921 :: The Ambassador Hotel, first major structure in the neighborhood, opens at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard on the outskirts of the city at the stroke of midnight on January 1. A last minute shortage left the hotel without any interior furniture, carpets, or lights up until two days before the official opening. While the first day of operation was January 1, no festivities were held until the formal opening ball on January 18. Employees have to walk seven blocks from the last trolley Me. However...

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Seeing Stars – The Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, 2010's, Ambassador Blog, Slider | 0 comments

Seeing Stars – The Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles

The Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles – A Brief History… SeeingStars – In February 2006, the Ambassador Hotel was torn down – proving once and for all that Los Angeles has no regard for its history… In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District bought the property, and three new schools have now been built on the site of the Ambassador: an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. It opened in 2010, and will serve 4,200 students at a price tag of $578...

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