The History of the Sunset Strip in Five Rollicking, Animated Minutes
Under the opening credits in the definitive historical documentary, “Sunset Strip,” the filmmakers included a five-minute animation with the Strip denizens you see here exclusively in this slide show.
Check out the animation and our interview with “Sunset Strip” director Hans Fjellestad, whom The Hollywood Reporter called “the Kens Burns of the Underworld.” It’s all right HERE > >
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.
‘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
The most complete history available of the Garden of Allah Hotel, which for 32 year was an oasis of sophisticated hedonism in Hollywood. Its long list of celebrity guests included movie stars, world-renowned musicians, East Coast and European aristocrats and even a mobster or two.