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Reynolds Buick At The Cocoanut Grove

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in 1950's, Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

  A Night at the Cocoanut Grove A great picture and a wonderful mystery for all you sleuths out there. From our files comes this photo of the Reynolds Buick Sales Team at a glamorous function. Everyone is beautifully dressed- the ladies in evening wear, the gentlemen in suits and ties. According to Chris Nichols at Los Angeles Magazine, the setting is none other than the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub at the landmark Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. The bottles of alcohol on the tables...

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1968 :: Eartha Kitt and the Vietnam war controversy

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in 1960's, Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

During the height of her popularity, Eartha Kitt was invited to the White House by President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson. She joined Lady Bird Johnson, along with several other prominent ladies for a discussion on the Vietnam war. Kitt became irritated when the women skirted the subject, instead, discussing on how to beautify America. When she took the floor, she said as much. “I think we have missed out on something here today, I thought the question was about the Vietnam war and why...

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Barbershop Postcard

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

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We Did It!!!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Ambassador Blog, Slider | 0 comments

We Did It!!!

As most of you know by now we successfully reached our $25,000 fundraising goal on Indiegogo on August 24th, 2013. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for making this happen. We can’t be more excited to finally get this project off the ground and commence filming. We couldn’t have do it with out the amazing support from our friends, family, and fans. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Let the camera roll…..

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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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1926 :: The Brown Derby restaurant opens

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in 1920's, Ambassador Blog | 0 comments

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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