Downtown Los Angeles 1930

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

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Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

Above photo: Downtown Los Angeles in 1930.

 

Howe's Service Station 1930

Howe’s “At the Sign of the Indian” Complete Motor Service, located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, circa 1930. Proprietor: Leon D. Howe. (Photo: LAPL 00057621)

 

Cooking School Monrovia 1930

Cooking school in Monrovia, circa 1930. (Huntington Library)

 

Adolph Hamer Grocery Store

Adolph Hamer’s grocery store at 4311 S. Figueroa Street in 1931. That’s probably him standing in front.

 

McDonnels La Brea

McDonnells

The McDonnell’s Ever Eat Restaurant at 301 N. La Brea Blvd. Not sure what the year is, but it would have to be after 1932 in order for it to be at that location. (California State Library)

 

Wilshire and Western 1933

Street traffic in Los Angeles 1930s

Two photos of Wilshire and Western, circa 1933.

 

Dollar Day 1933

Downtown Dollar Day

Before “Black Friday,” there were annual Dollar Day sales in the major downtown department stores. These photos were taken on “Dollar Day,” September 1, 1933.

 

Afton Place Los Angeles 1934

Afton Place (between Fountain and Sunset), circa January 1934.

 

A film crew shooting the horse races at Santa Anita Park in 1935. (LAPL 00081704)

A film crew shooting the horse races at Santa Anita Park in 1935. (LAPL 00081704)

 

Hollenbeck Park 1930s

A peaceful day at Hollenbeck Park (415 S St Louis Street) in the 1930s.

 

USC’s Mudd Hall in the 1930s.

 

downtown Bullock's department store

A vintage postcard of the downtown Bullock’s department store building, probably dating back to the mid to late 1930s.

 

Eastern Columbia Building

The Eastern Columbia Building at 849 S. Broadway, c. 1930s.

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune teller 1936

A fortune teller stands outside of her place of business at the La Casa Santa Cruz adobe, once located at 728 N. Broadway. The building was an old throwback to Sonora Town and was formerly owned by Ysabel Santa Cruz, who had purchased it from Benito Valle in 1864. Photo was taken in 1936. (LAPL: 00067652)

 

Members of El Teatro Mexico in 1936, hanging out in the Childs Grand Opera House's green room, where Sarah Bernhardt once waited to go onstage in 1891. The photo was taken on April 8, three days after the 1884 theater building closed. Once located at 110 S. Main St., it was quickly torn down to make a parking lot. (LAPL 00036861)

Members of El Teatro Mexico in 1936, hanging out in the Childs Grand Opera House’s green room, where Sarah Bernhardt once waited to go onstage in 1891.

The photo was taken on April 8, three days after the 1884 theater building closed. Once located at 110 S. Main St., it was quickly torn down to make a parking lot. (LAPL 00036861)

 

The prop room of the Childs Grand Opera House in April of 1936, after the theater building closed for demolition.The building was once located at 110 S. Main and the props belonged to its last tenants, the El Teatro Mexico. (LAPL 00036860)

The prop room of the Childs Grand Opera House in April of 1936. The items belonged to its last tenants, the El Teatro Mexico. (LAPL 00036860)

 

Hoover Dam OpeningFrom the Los Angeles Times article “City to Blaze Tonight in Vast Light Festival,” dated October 9, 1936:

Like a streak of lightning – flashing 260 miles across mountains, deserts and farm lands – power from Hoover Dam will be brought to Los Angeles at 7:36 p.m. today, flooding the downtown section with illumination vieing [sic.] that of the sun and opening a celebration which is expected to draw thousands of persons into the business district. 

Shining with a radiance equal to that of 7,200,000,000 candles, the downtown area will be bathed in the greatest illumination that has ever been flooded over a city since history began, according to electrical and illuminating engineers who have been preparing for the celebration for several months.

Photo: UCLA

 

Crossing Spring Street 1937

Crossing Spring Street in 1937.

(Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis/ LAPL)

 

Banner Theatre

Outside the (lost) Banner Theatre at 458 S. Main Street in June of 1937.
(Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis/ LAPL)

 

Laguna Beach 1937

A 1937 view of the Pacific Coast Highway from Park Avenue in Laguna Beach during its “Festival of Arts.” (Photographer: Herman Schultheis / LAPL: 00099951) 

 

Dreamland Circus 1937

A carnival barker for the Dreamland Circus Side Show entertains a crowd of people attending the 1937 Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. (Photographer:Herman J. Schultheis / LAPL 00097289)

 

Mona Lisa Restaurant

The Mona Lisa Restaurant was once located at 3343 Wilshire Blvd., east of the Gaylord Apartments and across the street from the Ambassador Hotel bungalows. Photo taken in 1937. (LAPL 00008603)

 

Santa Monica Blvd Beverly Hills 1937

Santa Monica Blvd. (between N. Doheny and Robertson) in 1937.

 

Hill Street 1938

A wet day in January 1938. The photo was taken on the 800 block of Hill Street. Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis / LAPL 00100752

After suffering floods caused by rains, Los Angeles was hit by high winds that caused additional damage. Photo taken in March 1938.

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Broadway between 4th and 5th streets

Broadway between 4th and 5th streets in 1938.

 

The Los Angeles Police Motor Patrol in 1938.

The Los Angeles Police Motor Patrol in 1938.

 

Ice skating at the Tropical Ice Gardens at Westwood Village in 1938 (the year that it opened). The outdoor rink was once located on the southwest corner of Gayley and Weyburn Avenues.Ice skating at the Tropical Ice Gardens at Westwood Village in 1938 (the year that it opened). The outdoor rink was once located on the southwest corner of Gayley and Weyburn Avenues.

 

ernie's

Ernie’s 5¢ Café, once located at 806 E. 5th Street, circa 1939. (Photographer: Burton O. Burt/ LAPL 00068906)

 

Flower and 8th Street 1939

Flower Street, south of 8th, circa 1939. (LAPL 00104226)

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