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Saturday, April 18, 2015

History

Hollywood finally gets Echo Park film history right

The Mack Sennett plaque was restored and installed at the correct location | Council District 13

ECHO PARK - In 1954 the NBC show This Is Your Life honored film industry pioneer Mack Sennett with a plaque on the site of the Mack Sennett Studio, where such silent film stars as Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand churned out slapstick comedies on what is now Glendale Boulevard. It was a nice tribute but for many decades the plaque that proclaims "THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOTION PICTURE COMEDY" was installed at the wrong spot.

Neighborhood Fixture: The Atwater apartments Gladding McBean built

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ATWATER VILLAGE -- The local tile and pottery factories of Gladding McBean & Co. at one point churned everything from pipes to the legendary "Desert Rose" dishware pattern sold under the Franciscan label according to a neighborhood history. The 40-acre Gladding, McBean plant on Los Feliz Boulevard was demolished in the early 1980s and replaced with the shopping center that now houses Best Buy, Costco and other retails. But next door on the on Perlita Street is a reminder of Gladding McBean ...

Angeleno Heights or Angelino Heights?

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Even the city-issued signs disagree about the correct spelling of the Victorian-era neighborhood next to Echo Park. Madalyn Rofer-Choate sent in this photo of the signs at Bellevue Avenue and East Edgeware Road that spell the neighborhood name two ways: Angeleno with an “e” and Angelino ... Read More »