Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ambassador Cam, #30


The Ambassador Hotel, 2/6/06, 10 a.m.

C'mon, LAUSD, let's be honest here: The idea that the Cocoanut Grove has been spared the wrecking ball is an exaggeration. As you can see here, the insides of the Grove have been stripped clean. Actually, you can see right through the building. Not much left except the walls -- and even most of those are gone.

Granted, one wonders why they even bothered saving the Cocoanut Grove after knocking down most of the rest of the Ambassador. The once-glamorous ballroom had already been bastardized in the 1970s, when the so-called "Now Grove" took away the palm tree ambience and replaced it with a nightmare disco feel (in one last-ditch attempt to revive the aging venue).


A closer view

5 Comments:

Blogger jay at 35.5 said...

What is the point in saving the outer shell of the former Cocoanut Grove Nightclub? Its more than gutted out. I bet their is a big hole in the floor. Nice going LAUSD your a bunch of big fat liars but I am not surprised

8:53 AM  
Blogger blackiemonty said...

I just re-read Margarate Burke's book. It seems the Cocoanut Grove may have died at the 1970 renovation. The ghosts no doubt live in that skeleton on Wilshire Boulevard.

5:39 PM  
Blogger RogerRmjet said...

I had noticed that myself in previous photos. A sad, sad end to a once-great piece of Hollywood history.

Got a question that I'm hoping someone here can answer: When I last visted in 2004, the Brown Derby hat across the street was part of "MaDang 2030+." Is this still the name of the establishment? Is it a Korean restaurant or cafe? I'm trying to do some research for a play. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

8:42 AM  
Blogger blackiemonty said...

I was there in August and the hat was closed.

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