PLACES OF INTERESTS
Sciences Pickford Center
1313 N. Vine St. Built in 1949 as first studio for TV production, it was used for many TV variety, quiz and sitcoms of its day, it has been given new life as the Academy’s Mary Pickford Center for Film Studies and film archives.
Alto Nido Apartments
1851 N. Ivar Ave. Location of William Holden’s apartment in the ‘50s film noir classic “Sunset Boulevard” in which he co-starred with Gloria Swanson.
American Film Institute
2021 N. Western Ave., (323) 856-7600. Immaculate Heart College’s 1906 campus buildings now house possibly the best and most accessible film video libraries in the world. (See FILM)
American Society of Cinematographers
1782 N. Orange, (323) 876-5080.
Built in 1903, this classic Mission Revival residence has been lovingly cared for by the Society since 1936. Please call before visiting the Library and small Museum open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. www.cinematographer.com
The Argyle (formerly Sunset Tower)
8358 Sunset Blvd., (323) 654-7100. Completed in 1931, it originally consisted of 46 apartments, and was once home to such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, the Gabor Sisters and many more. Now a 64-room luxury hotel listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Autry Museum of Western Heritage
4700 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000. Founded by Gene Autry, “The Singing Cowboy,” this outstanding state-of-the-art museum is a tribute to the spirit that won the American West. Exhibits chronicle Western history from early explorations of the Spanish Conquistadors and Lewis Clark to the present day. Open Tues-Sun, 10am -5pm. Thurs free after 4pm and open until 8pm. (See Visual Arts, Film and Family)
1745 N. Gramercy Pl., (323) 467-3121. Formerly Marsden Apartments built by Mary Pickford’s mother; Jack Benny lived in its penthouse apartment. Now Hollywood’s largest non-profit senior residence.
Brush Canyon. (At the top of Canyon Drive.) Served as backdrops for countless movies and TV shows: gunfights on “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza” the jungle island in the original “King Kong,” the first Gene Autry serial, “The Phantom Empire,” a distant planet in “Star Trek: The Movie,” and the entrance to Batman’s bat-cave in TV’s “Batman” and the first “Batman” movie.