Schwab's Pharmacy

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Schwab's Pharmacy was a drug store located at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, and was a popular hangout for movie actors and movie industry dealmakers from the 1930s through the 1950s.[1] Like many drug stores in the United States throughout the mid-twentieth century, Schwab's sold medicines and had a counter serving ice cream dishes and light meals.

Schwab's closed in October 1983.[2] Five years later, on October 6, 1988, the building was demolished to make way for a shopping complex and multiplex theater.

Sidney Skolsky, a syndicated Hollywood gossip columnist for the New York Daily News who was the first journalist to use the nickname "Oscar" for the Academy Award in print, made Schwab's famous in the 1930s. He used the drugstore as his office, and called his column in Photoplay, the premiere movie magazine in the US at the time, "From A Stool At Schwab’s".[3]

A persistent Hollywood legend has it that actress Lana Turner was "discovered" by director Mervyn LeRoy while at the soda counter at Schwab's. While the 16-year-old Turner was discovered at a soda counter, the location was not Schwab's but another establishment, the Top Hat Cafe, further east on Sunset Boulevard at McCadden Place, directly across the street from Hollywood High School where she was still a student. The person who discovered her was not LeRoy but Hollywood Reporter publisher William Wilkerson.[4][5]


  1. ^ Alleman, Richard (2005). Hollywood: The Movie Lover's Guide : The Ultimate Insider Tour to Movie L.A. Random House, Inc. p. 73. ISBN 0-7679-1635-2. 
  2. ^ "SCHWAB'S, HOLLYWOOD DRUGSTORE, SHUT". The New York Times. 1983-10-24. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Daughter of Famed Hollywood Columnist Sidney Skolsky Passes". Marilyn Monroe Collection Blog. Retrieved 23 September 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Jon Ponder (December 11, 2010). "Schwab's Drug Store: Where Lana Turner Was Not Discovered". Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wilkerson, W.R. 3rd (1 July 1995). "Writing the End to a True-to-Life Cinderella Story : Remembrance: The facts of Lana Turner's discovery at a soda fountain have changed through the years, but the legend remains.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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Coordinates: 34°05′53″N 118°21′53″W / 34.0980096°N 118.3647861°W / 34.0980096; -118.3647861