'I'll be damned if I'll believe anyone lives in a place called

THE GARDEN OF ALLAH'

- Thomas Wolfe, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, July 26, 1937

FEATURED EXHIBITS

Hacienda Park & the Origins of the Sunset Strip

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.
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A few of the actors who appeared on the old theatre district stages, clockwise from top left: Kathleen Freeman, Michael Landon, Barbara Bain, Jack Nicholson, Carolyn Jones, Harvey Korman, Ellen Corby and William Schallert.

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.
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EXHIBITS

Gay History

Cafe Internationale: One of the 1930s Sunset Strip Lesbian Bars

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Rock n’ Roll

A Wonderful Day in The Doors’ Neighborhood

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WEHO Vice

The Strip was once a Gambler’s Playground, Why Not Let the Games Resume?

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BECOMING WEST HOLLYWOOD

BE A PART OF HISTORY

The Crescent Heights Market, including world-famous Schwab's Drug Store, on the south side of Sunset between Laurel and Crescent Heights