In 1906, Sunset Boulevard was extended from Hollywood west into a new 140-acre development called Hacienda Park. Today that extension is known as the Sunset Strip. In this feature exhibit, we present the history of Hacienda Park and early residents, like A-list Hollywood madam Lee Francis, shown here during her trial in the 1940s. We fact check claims she ran a brothel in the Piazza del Sol.
The Forgotten History of West Hollywood’s Old Theatre District
Over the years hundreds of actors performed in West Hollywood’s old theatre district. Some were seasoned pros already known for their stage and film work. Others were unknown at the time who went onto have successful movie careers. The majority who found fame later, however, became household names by starring on television in the 1960s.