Saturday, January 30, 2010
Chinese Theater Hollywood - 1929 Postcard from Harry Glessner to Margaret
I enjoy reading Peg's post card collection she shared with me the last 10 years of her life. On the back of this card, sent by my grandfather, Harry Chappelear Glessner with a March 14, 1929 postmark from Los Angeles "Aunt Mary Francis and I are going to see the Broadway Melody at the Chinese tonight" and it was addressed to "Miss Margaret Glessner, Grey Gables Oberlin College, Oberlin Ohio. " A one cent green Franklin Stamp sufficed. I will be flying to LA on Feb 20th and hopefully visiting this place and connecting with Asian - American Culture while visiting friends and family. Steve Basil and Rhonda Beale and family live in Woodland Hills and Dave and Kris Weaver-Bowman and sons live in Fullerton and other MKP brothers live in between. I look forward to what can be created. Mike and Lucy Steiner fellow Carleton '69 grads also live in Fullerton. I will enjoy visiting the sites Harry, Harry's dad Leonard Cowles Glessner visited when they visited the Chappelear aunts, sisters of Emma Chappelear who moved to Southern California from Illinois, thus creating a regular visiting place during the era of train travel. Look for more postcards. Current link to "t was once stated that “to visit Los Angeles and not see the Chinese is like visiting China and not seeing the Great Wall.” Grauman’s opulent, awe-inspiring presence and history has been a cornerstone of Hollywood for over 75 years. See current link:
"The grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. The film being premiered that night was Cecil B. DeMille's “The King of Kings,” which was preceded by "Glories of the Scriptures," a live prologue devised by master showman Sid Grauman. A Wurlitzer organ and 65-piece orchestra provided music for the prologue. The theatre opened to the public the following day, May 19, 1927."