Schwab's Pharmacy

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Schwab's Pharmacy
Founded1932 (1932)
  • Bernard Schwab
  • Leon Schwab
  • Jack Schwab
  • Martin Schwab
  • Lena Schwab
  • Yetta Schwab
Defunct1983 (1983)
Headquarters8024 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, California, U.S.

Schwab's Pharmacy was a drugstore 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]


Opened in 1932 by the Schwab brothers, Schwab's Pharmacy in Hollywood became the most famous and longest operating outlet of their small retail chain.[2] Like many drug stores in the United States during the mid-twentieth century, Schwab's sold medicines and had a counter serving ice cream dishes and light meals.

Schwab's menu from 1955

Schwab's closed in October 1983.[3] 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 U.S. at the time, "From A Stool At Schwab's".[4]

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, farther 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 The Hollywood Reporter publisher William Wilkerson.[5][6]

Today there is a replica of the establishment at Universal Studios Florida[7] selling Ben & Jerry's ice cream and drinks.[8]


  1. ^ Alleman, Richard (2005). Hollywood: The Movie Lover's Guide : The Ultimate Insider Tour to Movie L.A. Random House. p. 73. ISBN 0-7679-1635-2.
  2. ^ William-Ross, Lindsay (21 March 2009). "LAistory: Schwab's Pharmacy". LAist. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Schwab's, Hollywood Drugstore, Shut". The New York Times. United Press International. 25 October 1983.
  4. ^ "Daughter of Famed Hollywood Columnist Sidney Skolsky Passes". The Marilyn Monroe Collection. 2 March 2010.
  5. ^ Ponder, Jon (4 June 2013). "Schwab's Drug Store: Where Lana Turner Was Not Discovered". Playground to the Stars.
  6. ^ Wilkerson, W.R., III (1 July 1995). "Writing the End to a True-to-Life Cinderella Story". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "Schwab's Pharmacy / Universal Studios Florida™". Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  8. ^ "Schwab's Pharmacy Menu / Universal Studios Florida™". Retrieved 2018-08-07.

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