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A night view of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel. Hay Whidden & His Orchestra is on the marquee for the Cocoanut Grove.

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An enlarged vintage postcard view of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel. (Sad Hill Archive / Bizarre Los Angeles)

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Ambassador Hotel ballroom 1921The original ball room of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, circa 1921.

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Two men walking out of the Ambassador Hotel. Photo taken in the 1920s.

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A 1920s view of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel’s plunge.

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The Ambassador Hotel’s bungalows.

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A swimming competition at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; circa 1920s. (Sad Hill Archive / Bizarre Los Angeles)

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Ambassador hotel 1930Dancers on the grounds at the Ambassador Hotel. No date given, but could be around 1930.

 

Ambassador Hotel fashion Show 1930

Ambassador Hotel fashion show 1930

Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles flappers

Fashion show on the hotel grounds, circa 1930.

 

Ambassador Hotel Lido pool

The Dancing Sunbeams (from the Bud Murray Dancing School) share the Lido swimming pool with a trained seal named Charley. I think the idea was that the dancers were supposed to race the animal. Photo taken in June of 1930. (LAPL: 00055444)

 

Ambassador Hotel Dining Room

Patio dining at the Ambassador Hotel, taken sometime between 1923 and 1933.

 

A restored (and enlarged) postcard image of the famous Cocoanut Grove at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.

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William Powell Carole Lombard Mary Carlisle Ambassador HotelA night at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, circa 1932, with Mary Carlisle, Carole Lombard, and William Powell.

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A rare candid taken inside the legendary Los Angeles night spot, the Cocoanut Grove, in March of 1936. The people seated at the table are Mary Brian, Cary Grant and Wendie Barrie. The two men standing behind them are Ben Lyon and Ben Bernie.

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Ambassador Hotel pool 1938

Poolside in 1937. Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis / LAPL 00072128

 

Ambassador Hotel 1939

The Ambassador Hotel in 1939. (LAPL 00104321)

 

An enlarged vintage postcard view of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

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“The Unique Sheltering Palm at The Lido, a feature of the world famous Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.” (Bizarre Los Angeles)

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A close-up view of a water fountain near the Ambassador Hotel’s Wilshire Blvd. entrance in Los Angeles. Note the flying fish.

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Academy Awards Cocoanut GroveA crooner sings at an Academy Awards ceremony in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. I’m guessing that this photo was taken in 1940 or 1943.

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An enlarged, vintage postcard image of the “World Famous Cocoanut Grove” at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.

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Cocoanut Grove conga line

A Conga line forms after the main show ends at the Cocoanut Grove on June 22, 1940. (LAPL: 00055459)

 

Ambassador Hotel Cocoanut Grove 1942

The Navy Relief Ball held at the Cocoanut Grove on June 12, 1943. (LAPL: 00055460)

 

Ambassador Hotel PlungePostcard reads: Save 50% on Ambassador Lido’s Special Course. 16 complete treatments for $25. Includes posture corrective exercise, Reducing Ring Roller, Baths and full body massage – also use of plunge and Suntan Beach on day of treatment. This offer may be withdrawn without further notice, so please let me hear from you. This card entitles you to a complimentary treatment – not transferable. Free Parking…Louise Brown, Directress.

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Ambassador Hotel Lido Pool Club

Another view of the Lido Pool Club.

 

"Model Mothers" with the Blue Book Model Agency lounge with two children at the Ambassador Hotel's Lido swimming pool in 1945. (Photo: Ralph Morris/LAPL)

“Model Mothers” with the Blue Book Model Agency lounge with two children at the Lido swimming pool in 1945. (Photo: Ralph Morris/LAPL)

cocoanute GroveAn enlarged postcard image of the Cocoanut Grove at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel, circa 1948. (Bizarre Los Angeles / Sad Hill Archive)

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Ambassador Hotel lobbyA vintage postcard depiction of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel lobby.

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A vintage view of the Ambassador Hotel lobby in Los Angeles.

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Although the Cocoanut Grove started its "Night in Hawaii" as early as 1928, it became a regular Tuesday evening event from 1951 to at least 1954. Bizarre Los Angeles.

Although the Cocoanut Grove started its “Night in Hawaii” as early as 1928, it became a regular Tuesday evening event from 1951 to at least 1954.

 

Cocoanut Grove 1955

Mrs. Herbert A. Hitchins modeling the “Butterfly Aerialist” headdress during the 17th Annual Las Foristas Floral Headdress Ball at the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel, April 23, 1955. (LAPL)

 

Ambassador Hotel Freddy Martin

House bandleader Freddy Martin recorded a live album at the Cocoanut Grove in 1957. He also provided the launching pad for one of his crooners, Merv Griffin. Martin returned to the Ambassador in the 1970s.

 

Interior of the famous Cocoanut Grove, once located inside the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel. (Bizarre Los Angeles / Sad Hill Archive)

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Cocoanut GroveAn enlarged, high quality postcard image of the World Famous Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel.

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Ambassador Dolphin CourtThe Dolphin Court, an outdoor cafe that once existed inside the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.

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JFK Ambassador Hotel

Too bad the Ambassador Hotel was edited out of this news photo, but here are two women asking JFK for an autograph during his breakfast. Photo was taken in September of 1960, shortly before election time. (LAPL 00105435) 

 

Outside bungalow

A Kodachrome taken outside of one of the Ambassador Hotel bungalows. Photo is undated.

 

Ambassador Hotel 1963

The east side entrance to the hotel, circa 1963.

 

African American 1964 Cocoanut Grove

Partying at the Cocoanut Grove in 1964. (LAPL 00001759)

 

"Miss Boat Show" Bi Egnell at the Ambassador Hotel in 1964. (LAPL 00124786)

“Miss Boat Show” Bi Egnell in 1964. (LAPL 00124786)

 

Ted Kennedy Ambassador Hotel 1968

Ted Kennedy campaigning for brother Bobby inside the Embassy Room at the Ambassador Hotel on May 7, 1968. (LAPL: 00105591)

 

Robert Kennedy assasination

On June 5, 1968, Robert “Bobby” Kennedy was fatally shot inside the hotel’s pantry. Juan Ramero, a hotel employee, knelt beside him seconds after the shooting. Although Kennedy did not die in the hotel, his shooting erased much of the hotel’s storied past in the minds of many Angelenos.

 

Ambassador Hotel 1978

Photo taken in 1978 by Anne Laskey. By this time, the Ambassador was definitely rumored to be a haunted by more than one ghost. LAPL 00090134.

 

Ambassador Hotel Base relief

A great shot of the art deco bas relief sculpture near the outer entrance pylon of the (demolished) Ambassador Hotel. The photo was taken in 1978 by Anne Laskey. (LAPL 00090142) 

 

The Ambassador Hotel's Embassy Room in 1987. Bizarre Los Angeles.

The Embassy Room in 1987.

 

Palm Bar Ambassador Hotel

The Palm Bar near the lobby.

 

Cocoanut Grove Last Performance

The Cocoanut Grove in 2003. The palm trees were for the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, who staged the last performance before the building’s destruction.

 

Ambassador Hotel registration desk

A beautiful shot of the Ambassador Hotel’s registration desk, circa 2005. (Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / LAPL 00085035) 

 

Ambassador Hotel 2005

An east side entrance to the hotel in 2005 with an empty fountain is in the foreground. Photographer: Tom Zimmerman. LAPL 00084984

 

Ambassador Hotel 2005

The hotel’s east facade in 2005. (Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / 00084980)

 

Ambassador Hotel hallwayA hallway of the hotel’s Casino Level in 2005. (Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / LAPL 00085078)

 

Ambassador Hotel Casino

The hotel’s shopping promenade on the Casino Level. Date: 2005. Photographer: Tom Zimmerman. (LAPL)

 

Ambassador Hotel casino

The interior of one of the retail spaces inside the Casino Level in 2005. (Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / LAPL 00085086)

 

Cocoanut Grove entrance 2005

Entrance to the Cocoanut Grove, circa 2005. (Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / 00085039)

 

Ambassador Hotel hallway

A hallway that once ran from the main ballroom to the kitchen, circa 2005. (Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / LAPL 00085098)

 

aMBASSADOR hOTEL PANTRY

The infamous pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in 2005. Photographer: Tom Zimmerman / LAPL 00085100

 

Ambassador Hotel suite 2005

An empty suite at the Ambassador, circa 2005. Photographer: Tom Zimmerman (LAPL 00085056)

 

 

 

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