Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926, announcing the plan for The Garden of Alla(h) Hotel on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles

You’d think that after a dozen years researching and writing about the Garden of Allah Hotel, that somewhere somehow I’d have come across this announcement in the Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926 that Alla Nazimova planned to turn her movie-star mansion into The Garden of Alla Hotel. (The “h” was added to “Alla” a couple of years later.) But apparently the internet is a bottomless well of surprises and information.

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The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author of a series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at www.martinturnbull.com and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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4 Responses to Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926, announcing the plan for The Garden of Alla(h) Hotel on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles

  1. Kelly says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Martin!
    Not only is the description of Nazimova’s property fascinating (wish I could have seen that), but the publication style of the newssheet is intriguing as well. These days it is rare to see cascading headlines as in the left column. The article about Unsell, which is continued into the righthand column is also curious, as it at first appears to be part of the Valentino estate story. You just wouldn’t see those style choices in a current newspaper. It was fun to look back.

    • You’re welcome Kelly. And you’re right – the whole page has interesting stuff. The paragraph about the boat race is about Fred Thompson, who was married to Frances Marion, who was one of Mary Pickford’s main screenwriters and whom she was very close to.

  2. Katrina Andre says:

    I wonder what happened to the 99 year lease. Was it re negotiated? If only it was still here. Thanks for sharing.
    Katrina

    • That’s a good question, Katrina. I don’t really know but my guess is that it was ignored. By 1959, when Bart Lytton bought the site, the ownership had fallen to the widow of the final owner. She didn’t want it or know what to do with it so she sold it to Lytton and that was the end of that.

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