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Star-Studded Stomping Ground

The Academy presents a new exhibition of photographs in celebration of the Beverly Hills Centennial taking place throughout the city this year.

This engaging exhibit of more than 40 photographs explores the growth of Beverly Hills and the connection between the famed city and the motion picture industry, which have been intertwined since the earliest days of the city’s incorporation in 1914. While Hollywood was establishing itself as the home of the industry, Beverly Hills and its acres of scenic, undeveloped land grew ever more attractive to many of the film world’s best-known figures.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, 1920

Included in the exhibit are images of Pickfair, the glamorous estate built by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, as well as photographs of other luxurious and striking buildings that were both the playgrounds of the famous and notable filming locations. Other local sites featured include the Brown Derby, Nate ‘n’ Al’s delicatessen and the Ben-Hur Coffee Pot, where a hungry tourist could buy an “old-fashioned hamburger sandwich” for 10 cents in 1935.

The steady expansion of Beverly Hills in its own right, and as part of the film community, is documented with photographs of a celebration for Will Rogers, the city’s first honorary mayor; Douglas Fairbanks presiding over a 1926 dinner meeting of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce; parades down Wilshire Boulevard; and aerial shots of the city’s layout. Also featured are many celebrities at play or conducting business throughout the city, including Marilyn Monroe, Gilbert Roland, Carol Burnett, Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx.

The Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study is itself a local landmark, having once been the Beverly Hills Waterworks Building. Completed in 1928, the building served as Beverly Hills’ water treatment plant until 1976. In 1991, it was adapted by the Academy as a home for its Margaret Herrick Library.


Viewing Information

Opens July 1, 2014
Margaret Herrick Library
333 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California

Free admission.

On view during library hours:
Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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