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It’s been a while since we’ve sent out an update. We are currently on round four of our rough cut edit and slowly but surely working out the structure and narrative arc of the film. It’s been a long process of going through the years of materials we have collected and filmed and trying to condense…
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Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (1921-2005) updated their cover photo.

Lawns giving way to parking on the hotel's 22 acres in the 1950's. The three buildings to the west comprise Tishman Plaza, built in 1952. In 1958, the parking lot between Tishman and the Ambassador will be offices for IBM, and later, Thrifty Drug and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Nile Hight to The Ambassador Hotel - Los Angeles

"October 31, 1928 reads, "Photo shows a distinguished group of filmland notables at a welcome party honoring Marion Davies, famous star just returned from a thr...ee-month trip abroad. Standing, left to right, Lorraine Eddy, Matt Moore, Aileen Pringle, Louis B. Mayer, Gloria Swanson, Harry D'Arrast, Miss Davies, Louella O. Parsons, Ricardo Cortez, Charlie Chaplin, Norma Shearer, Irving G. Thalberg, Harold Lloyd and Robert Z. Leonard. Seated in foreground are Harry Crocker, left, and William Haines. The French room of the Ambassador Hotel was transformed into likeness of a Parisian cafe for the surprise party greeting Miss Davies.""

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Nile Hight to The Ambassador Hotel - Los Angeles

"October 31, 1928 reads, "Photo shows a distinguished group of filmland notables at a welcome party honoring Marion Davies, famous star just returned from a thr...ee-month trip abroad. Standing, left to right, Lorraine Eddy, Matt Moore, Aileen Pringle, Louis B. Mayer, Gloria Swanson, Harry D'Arrast, Miss Davies, Louella O. Parsons, Ricardo Cortez, Charlie Chaplin, Norma Shearer, Irving G. Thalberg, Harold Lloyd and Robert Z. Leonard. Seated in foreground are Harry Crocker, left, and William Haines. The French room of the Ambassador Hotel was transformed into likeness of a Parisian cafe for the surprise party greeting Miss Davies.""

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On one side was the alpha male of New York developers who burst into town with pockets full of money, a legion of lobbyists and lawyers and an audacious plan to build the nation's tallest building.
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Edward M. Fiore to The Ambassador Hotel - Los Angeles

This was posted in another group I belong to. I thought the group members would like to see it here.

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Michelle Gussow to The Ambassador Hotel - Los Angeles

This is a picture I took in 1989. No longer a "hotel" it was still being used as a film location. That particular day it was. I watched some of the set up.

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Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (1921-2005)

This is a 1951 view taken by Maynard Parker of the Registration and Information Desk, located in the center of the lobby.

Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (1921-2005) added 16 new photos to the album: 3400 Wilshire Boulevard.

Most guests and visitors to the Ambassador beginning in the 1930's and arriving by automobile entered from Wilshire via a long driveway that climbed the small h...ill to the main parking lot.
There, they alighted, were greeted and proceeded through glass double doors past the Taxi stand, the 'Motor Coach' tour office and coffee shop and into the shopping arcade. The lobby was one floor up accessed by either staircases or elevators.

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Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (1921-2005) added 4 new photos to the album: The Ambassador Theater.

From it's opening in 1921 through the early 1950's, the Ambassador provided a movie theater for its guests' entertainment. While well-appointed and showing firs...t-run films, the theater was no threat to such venues as Grauman's Chinese or the downtown palaces on Broadway and Hill Street. The hotel's theater had a small stage, and the seats were described as quite comfortable, Located on the Casino Level, the theater was located underneath the Fiesta Room.
There are some reports that the theater space remained intact and was used by church groups into the 1960's.
By the 70's, with a need for convention space, the theater became part of the 'Convention Wing' of the hotel and was renamed the Ambassador Ballroom. According to Stephen Lawler, the two large spaces on either side of the former theater had originally been employee dormitories. These became additional convention facilities: the Sunset Room and the Boulevard Room.

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Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (1921-2005) added 17 new photos to the album: Lawns and more lawns.

With 22 acres of property, green space was not a problem, giving guests the feeling of being removed from the hustle of the city. Over time, lawns were replaced with bungalows, parking and the expansion of the city.

Great photo that I haven't see yet just posted on The Ambassador Hotel - Los Angeles.

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Silent film actress Madeline Hurlock with her Borzoi, in front of The Ambassador hotel, Los Angeles.

Image via Nardella Photo Album Hollywood has become a pale ghost of the glistening, glamorous oasis it once was. The majority of the legendary locales that put the place...
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This photo, taken at the Ambassador Hotel, was posted on a website many years ago. I'm still searching for a photo credit, but I think the photographer is Whit Wagner.

Anyway, I seem to recall seeing this display in the basement level of the hotel, circa 2002-2003.

After 68 explores the struggle for historic preservation by chronicling the controversial rise and fall of the most famous hotel in the world. www.after68.com
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'The recent rain in Los Angeles reminded me of this picture (though we got nothing close to this).  This is the shot facing west (ca. 1922) from 6th and Mariposa which is right around the corner from the Ambassador.  In the distance you can see the Normandie Hotel which still stands today and was recently was renovated and preserved.'
'We lost another icon today. RIP @[109223372437414:274:Sid Caesar] - truly one of a kind - you will be missed.

Sid won his very first Emmy at the 4th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, presented at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom of the @[177726745640140:274:Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles] on February 18, 1952.'
'It's been a warm warm winter...here's a pic from yesterday's shoot.  Shooting b-roll with super 8 camera.  Working on getting some new footage that we are excited to share with everyone soon.  Stay tuned!'
'Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Just wanted to THANK EVERYONE who supported us this year throughout our fundraising efforts as well as the crew and interviewees who helped with production of the film last week.  We got the ball rolling and are well on our way to making this film...thank you thank you thank you! Here is a picture from one of the locations we shot at.'
'Thank you SO much to all the amazing people who've donated so far!!!

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Please keep showing us support at www.after68.com.'
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  • When will we see the film? I would love to learn more about this famous hotel.
  • Michael Merchant
    June 9, 2016 at 6:13pm
    Can someone share with us what has happened to this documentary project?
  • I worked as the sound technician at the Coconut Grove nightclub for ...several months in 1942. I was an 18-year old student studying radio engineering at the Frank Wiggins Trade School in downtown Los Angeles. When a notice was received at the school that they were looking for someone to work as the sound technician at the Coconut Grove nightclub, I applied for and got the job. At that time they featured Freddie Martin and his orchestra. From my elevated sound booth I witnessed several war bond drive programs at the Coconut Grove. I have some fond memories of that place. I will look forward to the documentary. Ed Dover whitecliffs@comcast.net See More
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