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1940’s

1946 :: Ambassador Hotel is up for sale – The Schine family prevails

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in 1940's, Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

The Ambassador was also the object of a skirmish between two hotel tycoons, Conrad N. Hilton from Chicago and Ben Swig from San Francisco. Hilton had offered to buy the hotel for more than $6 million in 1946, a price that included $4.2 million for paying off the bondholders. Hilton even put down $582,000 as a good-faith deposit, but the offer was rejected by hotel stockholders. Swig, who owned the St. Francis and Fairmont Hotel, claimed that he had topped Hilton’s bid by a...

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1940 :: 12nd annual Academy Awards

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in 1940's, Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

1940 :: The 12th annual Academy Awards ceremony hosted by Bob Hope on February 29, 1940, honoring movies released honoring movies released in 1939 at the Cocoanut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel. This was the first year in which an Oscar was awarded for visual effects. This was also the first time that two awards for cinematography were presented (the prize was split into a color and a black-and-white category). And this is the first time an African-American wins an Academy Award. Best...

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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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