Come on down to Mohawk Bend tomorrow from 6-8pm, where I’ll be showing some films and talking about the history of Mohawk Bend, Washington Heights, and the restoration of the Jensen’s Recreation Center sign.
Have a beer and order the Echo Park Historical Society Pizza, topped w/ cherry tomatoes, parmesan, red onion, rapine and cerignola olives, proceeds to benefit the EPHS!
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS CRIME SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL VIEWERS.
On the far eastern end of Sunset Boulevard, hidden from prying eyes by the ivy-covered cliffs made by the railroad in the 19th century, sits one of the most notorious bars in Los Angeles…
The Short Stop.
It’s been nearly a year since we released our last short doc on the History of Sunset Boulevard and we’re quite excited to present to you the building that inspired this series in the first place.
I began researching the history of the Short Stop in January of 2011. At first it was going to be an essay with photographs, but the history I found there inspired me to try to make a short documentary.
Two years and three other videos about the History of Sunset Boulevard later and here it is. I’m stoked. I hope you enjoy it and share it with anyone you have shared a drink with at The Short Stop.
And, yes, the history of the Short Stop turns out to be as sketchy as you always knew that it was.
The next time you’re stuck in traffic in Echo Park along Glendale Boulevard, you might amuse yourself by trying to picture Mack Sennett’s Cyclorama right behind OJ Plumbing on the southeast corner of Glendale and Effie.
Actors ran on treadmills as the matte painted background of the Cyclorama whirred behind them.
You can watch a child and a monkey escaping on a sailboat and the Cyclorama in action here:
The two houses in the top of the frame are still there on the east side of Glendale Blvd., silent witnesses to the Keystone Kops and the birth of film in Los Angeles.
This clip was originally for a brief intro I gave at the Echo Park Film Center during their summer screening series celebrating the 100th anniversary of Keystone Studios. (Thanks Lisa and Paolo!)
2012 was the centennial celebration of Mack Sennett’s Keystone studios, but the coming years will bring the centennials of Chaplin’s Tramp, Cleopatra, Triangle Films and Intolerance among others, providing ample opportunities to explore and celebrate the legacy of the silent films in Echo Park and Silver Lake.
In the short term, the next episode of The HIstory of Sunset Boulevard is almost ready to go.
It concerns a certain building whose history is as dark as it is inside. Or outside for that matter. Coming soon!