See Vintage Postcards of the 11 Los Angeles Locations to Host the Academy Awards

Steve Pond
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The program for the Governors Ball after the 2002 Oscars, which was designed by Arnold Schwartzman, was a portfolio of vintage postcards depicting the 10 theaters that had hosted the Academy Awards. Here are the images from that program, along with a vintage postcard of this year’s site, Union Station.

ROOSEVELT HOTEL – This Hollywood hotel was build in 1927, and its Blossom Room was the site of the first Oscars in 1929. In recent years, the room has often been used for AFI Fest parties.

AMBASSADOR HOTEL – The second Oscars, in 1930, moved to the Cocoanut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel. The hotel would host the five more times in both the Cocoanut Grove and the Fiesta Room, and in 1968 would be the site of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.

BILTMORE HOTEL – In 1931, the Biltmore hosted the first Oscar show to take place in downtown Los Angeles, and it would be the site of seven more between then and 1942. It was also the location of the first official meeting in Academy history in May 1927.

GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER – During World War II, the Oscars moved from a banquet setting to this celebrated movie theater, with a capacity of 2,000+ that allowed the Academy to invite servicemen and women to attend. The Oscars would stay at the Chinese in ’45 and ’46.

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