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Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Brochure c. 1923

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A brochure from the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel c. 1923. Originally opened 1 October 1923, and run by the hotelier John McEntee Bowman (1875-1931), the celebrations began almost immediately on a scale that few had ever seen. The following evening, 3,000 people poured into the hotel for a party that included Hollywood luminaries like studio head Jack Warner, Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford and then-starlet Myrna Loy. It was such an elaborate affair that guests were served a seven-course dinner and serenaded by seven orchestras across the hotel's Galleria and glittering ballrooms. Even in this time of Prohibition, the hotel's Gold Room acted as a speakeasy complete with a hidden door to help revelers avoid the police (and often the press and paparazzi) with an escape onto Olive Street. The door is still there - it connects to a room that has a wooden counter top, coat hooks and bathroom - though the exit on Olive has been sealed in brick. The Presidential Suite - a spacious room that has seen six U. S. presidents, royalty, and notorious gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone - still has a recessed spot to hide liquor, which remained illegal in most of Los Angeles until 1933. The hotel still exists today as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. This seven page brochure is as lovely as the hotel. In quite good condition and measures 15.24 x 8.89 cm. (6 x3 1/2 in.) closed and 34.29 x15.24 cm. (13 1/2 x 6 in.) opened, approximately.
A brochure from the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel c. 1923. Originally opened 1 October 1923, and run by the hotelier John McEntee Bowman (1875-1931), the celebrations began almost immediately on a scale that few had ever seen. The following evening, 3,000 people poured into the hotel for a party that included Hollywood luminaries like studio head Jack Warner, Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford and then-starlet Myrna Loy. It was such an elaborate affair that guests were served a seven-course dinner and serenaded by seven orchestras across the hotel's Galleria and glittering ballrooms. Even in this time of Prohibition, the hotel's Gold Room acted as a speakeasy complete with a hidden door to help revelers avoid the police (and often the press and paparazzi) with an escape onto Olive Street. The door is still there - it connects to a room that has a wooden counter top, coat hooks and bathroom - though the exit on Olive has been sealed in brick. The Presidential Suite - a spacious room that has seen six U. S. presidents, royalty, and notorious gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone - still has a recessed spot to hide liquor, which remained illegal in most of Los Angeles until 1933. The hotel still exists today as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. This seven page brochure is as lovely as the hotel. In quite good condition and measures 15.24 x 8.89 cm. (6 x3 1/2 in.) closed and 34.29 x15.24 cm. (13 1/2 x 6 in.) opened, approximately.

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Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Brochure c. 1923

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