Friday, September 18, 2009

Hotels (well, fake hotels) involved in Ricky and Lucy Ricardo's life

The Ricardos stayed in Room 315 and the Mertzes in Room 317 at this hotel. Of course, there's no listing for this hotel in the phone book because it was made up for the show. This is where everyone stayed when Ricky took the gang to Hollywood to film "Don Juan". No matter that it was as fake as Lucy's nose in the Bill Holden scene it was beautiful and you can see a replica of it at the Lucy-Desi playhouse in Jamestown.

True I Love Lucy fans know that we could see this hotel sign out of Lucy and Ricky's hotel window. I couldn't find any listing for this hotel in the phone book so I don't think it was real. Anyone have an info to the contrary, please be sure to let us know.


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Rachelle said...

The Broadway Hollywood was not a hotel, but in fact, a department store. Pretty neat!

Here's some info:

"Designed by respected Los Angeles architect Frederick Rice Dorn, the original Renaissance style building is stylized with decorative Corinthian reliefs and columns supporting the upper level loggias. Along Hollywood Boulevard, classical mantelpieces tie the structure to a six-story 1938 International style addition by Parkinson & Parkinson, the designers of another retail grande dame, Bullocks Wilshire.

"1645 North Vine was born in 1927 as the B.H. Dyas Specialty Emporium, one of the city's first department stores. In 1931, the building joined Arthur Letts' retail chain and was rechristened the Broadway Hollywood. A storied haunt of the famous and the fashionable, the influential West Coast retailer allegedly introduced women's slacks at its Vine Street location years before New York tastemakers adopted the look for the fairer sex; a top floor activity room provided a stylish play pen for the under age set while parents shopped below. Hollywood lore also holds that the building appeared in the Charlie Chaplin epic Modern Times.

"Some sixty years after Hollywood Boulevard's first commercial heyday, the Broadway closed its doors to shoppers and embarked on a quiet two-decade stint providing space for urban music stations KACE and KRTO, Capitol Records satellite offices, and exteriors for the Harrison Ford crime feature Hollywood Homicide.

"Today, nearly eighty years since the building's debut, the Broadway Hollywood is readying itself from the marble ground floor to the sun and starlit rooftop for a definitive and lasting close-up."

1645 N. Vine St., Los Angeles CA.

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