Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
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Location 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°6′4″N 118°20′30″W / 34.10111°N 118.34167°W / 34.10111; -118.34167Coordinates: 34°6′4″N 118°20′30″W / 34.10111°N 118.34167°W / 34.10111; -118.34167
Built 1927
Architect Fisher, Lake & Traver
Architectural style(s) Spanish Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
Designated 1991[1]
Reference No. 545
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
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Location of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic hotel designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Named after United States president Theodore Roosevelt and financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer, it first opened its doors on May 15, 1927. It cost $2.5 million ($33.9 million in today's money or dollars) to complete this twelve-story building, which holds 300 rooms and suites. It is now managed by Thompson Hotels.

Following a major renovation in 2005 overseen by Dodd Mitchell, The Hollywood Roosevelt has been more prominently featured in films and in Hollywood nightlife. There has been a recent surge in popularity within young Hollywood in the last few years, thanks to trendy nightclub Teddy's, which is located in the main lobby of the hotel.[2]

Place in Hollywood History[edit]

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted the presentation of the 1st Academy Awards in 1929 inside its Blossom ballroom. Later ceremonies were much larger than this banquet for 250, so there was never an attempt to host the awards at the hotel a second time.

Actress Frances Farmer was the guest of honor in 1958 after appearing on This Is Your Life. Marilyn Monroe was a resident at the Hollywood Roosevelt for two years when her modeling career took off. Her first magazine shoot was taken in the Roosevelt.[3] The hotel's remodeled pool contains an underwater mural painted by David Hockney.[4]

Alleged hauntings[edit]

There have been many rumors of hauntings at this hotel. Some involve celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe,[5] Montgomery Clift, and Errol Flynn.[6] Others involve a little girl in a blue dress.[7] There have also been reports of cold spots, photographic "orbs", and mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator.[8]

Notable residents (past and present)[edit]

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard paid five dollars a night for their penthouse;[9] it is now named the Gable & Lombard Penthouse. There is also a Marilyn Monroe Suite at the hotel.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Los Angeles Department of City Planning (February 28, 2009). Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2000-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Hollywood Roosevelt: Where Old and New Hollywood Converge in Luxury". LosAngeles.com. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Marc Wanamaker; Robert W. Nudelman (2007). Early Hollywood. Arcadia Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-7385-4792-3. 
  4. ^ "Mobius Awards Site Hosted First 'Oscars'". 
  5. ^ Lovgren, Stefan (December 4, 2003). "Do Real Haunted Mansions Hold Sway in Hollywood?". National Geographic News. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Thomas Dangcil; Tommy Dangcil (September 2002). Hollywood, 1900-1950, in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7385-2073-5. 
  7. ^ Kern, Will (Halloween 2004). "Hotel has glut of ghosts". Denver Post, cited at wilkern.com. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "This old hotel is a Hollywood haunt, in every sense of the word". Philadelphia Inquirer. November 26, 2000. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Lord, Rosemary (2002). Los Angeles: Then and Now. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press. pp. 94–95. ISBN 1-57145-794-1. 
  10. ^ Stephen Dolainski (1 September 2001). Los Angeles: Romantic Diversions in and Around the City. Globe Pequot Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7627-1024-9. 

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