Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ambassador Cam, #35


Ambassador Hotel, Oct. 30, 2006; 10 a.m.

With Emilio Estevez's "Bobby about to hit theatres, I thought we'd check in on the progress at the former Ambassador site. The tractors are busy pushing dirt around, and more work (or is it destruction?) is taking place on the remaining Cocoanut Grove structure.


The east side of the old hotel


And the west side of the old hotel



Yup, the school won't be done until 2009 -- which seems like a terribly long time, until you realize it's almost 2007!

Meanwhile, former L.A. resident Robert Peate -- who's now up in Portland -- writes Franklin Avenue to share word that Oprah wants to use some of his cool Ambassador shots (which can be found here:

Today I was contacted by the Oprah Winfrey Show, which is running a show next week on Emilio Estevez’ movie *Bobby*, and asked if I would be willing to let them use my shots of the Ambassador Hotel for credit. I said yes. If they do use any, they will let me know the airdate, and I will let you know.

Estevez scrambled and was able to shoot parts of "Bobby" at the Ambassador (which, as you all know, is where Bobby Kennedy was assassinated) right before the hotel was tragically torn down.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dirt work going on is to prepare the site for the new elemtary school and a VIP party for Arnold next week. Latest word is that most, but not all, of the Grove will be torn down if it doesnt fall down in the meantime.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for the LAUSD keeping its word that the Grove will be kept.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am commenting or rather inquiring about where would I post pictures of the Ambassador and Pantry which I took with me in the pictures from 1987.. I went in the pantry and took a few pictures one night in the Spring of 1987. Mark

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should probably be respectful to the Kennedy's wishes and not post pictures of the pantry online.

4:52 PM  
Blogger jay at 35.5 said...

I think you should post the pics of the pantry its no big deal now..

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAUSD posted a notice on the property yesterday (11/16) saying that they've inspected the Coconut Grove and that the structure is too decayed to be rehabilitated. So it looks like the Grove is going to be torn down now too.

The earth-moving process is pretty impressive. If you go on the back side of the property, they've built a pile of dirt that's three stories tall and takes up most of the land where the hotel used to sit.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was a groundbreaking ceremony today on the site for the new school, all the news crews were there. i saw it from my office window

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