THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL is a historic hotel located at 7000
Hollywood Boulevard in the
Hollywood district of Los Angeles,
California. It opened its doors on May 15, 1927, and is the oldest
continually operating hotel in Los Angeles.
* 1 History
* 2 Design and style
* 3 Restaurants and bars
* 4 In popular culture
* 5 Notable residents and guests
* 6 Alleged hauntings
* 7 See also
* 8 References
* 9 External links
The hotel was built in 1926, in what is known as the Golden Era of
Los Angeles architecture, and was named after the 26th president of
the United States,
Theodore Roosevelt . It was financed by a group
Louis B. Mayer ,
Mary Pickford ,
Douglas Fairbanks and
Sid Grauman . It cost $2.5 million ($34.5 million today) to complete
and opened on May 15, 1927.
The hotel went into a decline in the 1950s. An owner around that time
demolished its archways, covered up its elaborately painted ceilings
and painted the entire hotel seafoam green.
Radisson Hotels purchased
the hotel in 1985 and, using original blueprints and historic photos
of the hotel's
Spanish Colonial architecture , undertook a $35 million
renovation, restoring the lobby's coffered ceiling and adding a
three-tiered fountain, among other improvements. The million-dollar
mural at the bottom of the hotel's Tropicana Pool was painted by David
Hockney in 1987.
On August 13, 1991, the City of
Los Angeles declared the hotel
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #545. In 1995, the
hotel was purchased from Clarion Hotels by
Goodwin Gaw , with David
Chang later becoming co-owner. In 2005, the hotel's management was
taken over by the Thompson Hotel Group. A $30 million renovation of
the hotel was embarked upon in 2005, led by the Dodd Mitchell Design
Group, and David Siguaw. Since 2015, the hotel has been run
independently by its own management company. In 2015, the hotel
completed a $25 million renovation with rooms designed by Yabu
Pushelberg , and plans for a new poolside food and beverage outlet.
DESIGN AND STYLE
The 12-story hotel has 300 guest rooms and 63 suites. It sits along
Hollywood Walk of Fame and across the street from the TCL Chinese
Theatre . The building has a Spanish Colonial Revival Style
interior, with leather sofas, wrought-iron chandeliers and colorful
The Gable-Lombard penthouse, a 3,200 square-foot duplex with an
outdoor deck with views of the
Hollywood Hills and the
is named for
Clark Gable and
Carole Lombard , who used to stay in the
room for five dollars a night. The
Marilyn Monroe suite is named
for the actress, who lived at the hotel for two years early in her
career. Other accommodations include King Superior rooms and
vintage 1950s poolside cabanas.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
The hotel has a total of eight restaurant, bars and lounges. 25
Degrees is a 24-hour hamburger restaurant located just off the hotel
lobby. It was opened in 2005. Public Kitchen the Library Bar is a
cocktail bar with cocktails made using locally sourced ingredients;
and Tropicana Bar overlooks the pool. Beacher's Madhouse is a
vaudeville -inspired theater owned and operated by Jeff Beacher.
Teddy's, a nightclub located right off the lobby, was considered a
celebrity haunt. It opened in 2005, was remodeled in 2012 and closed
IN POPULAR CULTURE
Academy Awards ceremony was held at the
Hotel on May 16, 1929, inside the Blossom Ballroom. A private
ceremony open only to Academy members, it was hosted by Academy
Douglas Fairbanks and held three months after the winners
were announced, with 270 people in attendance. At the time, the
"Oscar" nickname for the award had not yet been invented (the nickname
would be introduced four years later).
Facing heavy debt in 1986, five-time Academy Award winner Lyle
Wheeler sold off boxes of his possessions, including his five Oscars.
His award for art direction for The Diary of Anne Frank was auctioned
off for $21,250 to William Kaiser. Kaiser returned the award to
Wheeler at a ceremony held at the
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1989.
The hotel has hosted the
Golden Raspberry Awards , the ceremony
recognizing the year’s worst in film, on numerous occasions.
The pool at the Roosevelt Hotel was featured in a 1955 episode of I
Love Lucy when the Ricardos and Mertzes came to Hollywood.
Several scenes from the 1988 film Sunset , starring
Bruce Willis and
James Garner , were filmed at the hotel, including a recreation of the
Academy Awards ceremony.
The scene of the 1989 film
The Fabulous Baker Boys where Susie
Michelle Pfeiffer ) sings "Makin' Whoopie" while Jack (
Jeff Bridges )
plays piano was shot at the Cinegrill nightclub in the hotel.
The hotel's hallway can be seen in episode 7 of the 2016 FX true
crime anthology television series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American
Crime Story , as a substitute for an Oakland hotel where Christopher
Marcia Clark spend the night.
Other films shot on location at the hotel include Internal Affairs
Richard Gere ),
Beverly Hills Cop II (starring Eddie Murphy
Catch Me If You Can (starring
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks
and directed by
Steven Spielberg ). Other television shows shot at
the hotel include
Knots Landing , Moonlighting and Curb Your
Prince performed five shows at the hotel in 2007, which included
dinner with his personal chef, a two-hour performance and a post-set
NOTABLE RESIDENTS AND GUESTS
Marilyn Monroe lived at the hotel for two years early in her career,
and posed for her first commercial photography shoot by the rooftop
pool. She and
Arthur Miller were said to have met at the hotel's
Montgomery Clift stayed at the hotel for three months in 1952 during
the filming of
From Here to Eternity .
Frances Farmer was honored at party there in 1958, the night she
Ralph Edwards '
This Is Your Life .
Errol Flynn is rumored to have created his recipe for bootleg gin in
a tub in the hotel's barbershop.
Shirley Temple learned to do her famous stairstep dance routine on
the hotel stairs.
Astrologer and writer
Linda Goodman wrote several of her books in a
suite at the hotel.
Actress Elizabeth Patterson lived in the hotel during her 35-year
motion picture career.
Other notable hotel guests include
Charlie Chaplin ,
Clark Gable ,
Max Baer Sr. ,
Carole Lombard ,
Mary Martin ,
F. Scott Fitzgerald ,
Ernest Hemingway , Prince ,
Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie .
Throughout the years, there have been rumors of hauntings and ghosts
at the hotel. Some involve celebrities who previously stayed at the
hotel, such as Marilyn Monroe,
Montgomery Clift and Errol Flynn.
Others involve a little girl in a blue dress named Caroline. There
have also been reports of cold spots, photographic "orbs", and
mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator.
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in
Los Angeles Department of City Planning (February 28, 2009).
Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments.
City of Los Angeles.
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