In California: A Fading Hollywood

On a clear Los Angeles day—the kind that usually happens only in winter—it presents a picture of undeniable elegance. A half-block west of the old Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, the ornate façde of the Garden Court Apartments stands as a monument to another era when the building's tenants included the likes of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Mack Sennett, John Barrymore and Louis B. Mayer. Sculpted angels still hang from its flanks; a trio of cherubs intertwine arms on the fountain out front; inside, despite a rich cache of old whisky...

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