The Hollywood is located at 6735 Yucca Street about two blocks from the iconic Hollywood & Highland intersection. The clean, timeless aesthetic of the condo is the creation of award-winning architect Stephen Kanner, former president of the American Institute of Architects of Los Angeles.
Residences redefine the quality of their lives and change the way they live and work. Hollywood & Highland has over 70 shops and 25 restaurants. The Hollywood is a chic urban living life style.
The Hollywood is less than two blocks away from Hollywood & Highland, the entertainment center of Los Angeles for tourists and locals alike. Theses condos are steps away from landmarks like the world famous Walk of Fame, Dolby Theater and TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood & Highland, epicenter for Hollywood entertainment & shopping.
The condos are part of the Yucca Corridor, a hub for young professionals, artists, musicians and actors. As part of a $200,000 traffic improvement project, eight-tenths of a mile of Yucca Street, between Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue, became Los Angeles's first "bike-friendly street" in 2012. At some intersections concrete bollard and signage directed automobiles to turn off the street while bicyclists were allowed to proceed straight ahead. Traffic had been diverted at Las Palmas Avenue, Cherokee Avenue and Whitley Avenue before the project began. The blue municipal street signs were modified to include an artist's representation of a bicycle in a contrasting color, green. The curbings at each automobile diverter were cut into paths wide enough for bikes and pedestrians, with the outline of a bicycle painted on the sidewalk as a sharrow or shared-lane marking.
Before The Hollywood, 6735 Yucca Street was the address of Villa Capri, a favorite nightspot for movie stars in the 50's. James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Durant frequently visited the club. But the real star of the Villa Capri was Frank Sinatra who was a financial investor in the club. Villa Capri became his headquarters for social and business purposes. A short seven blocks west is Capitol Records, where their new state-of-the-art recording studio opened in 1956 on Vine Street. Sinatra was the first to record there and he was, obviously, Capitol's biggest star.
These post-recording sessions would continue at the restaurant into the 1970s. Sinatra and others also used the restaurant for special events such as celebrity birthday bashes. His 42nd birthday party on December 12, 1957 was recorded and has become a popular bootleg record. It featured for entertainment: Sinatra, Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher, Vic Damone, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, James Cagney and others. Doc Severinson held the annual Tonight Show band Christmas party there in the Durante Room. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson hosted a birthday celebration there for their son, Ricky Nelson, who was then a major television (as was the whole family) and recording star. This room was a frequent site of special events and celebrity gatherings (it was named after another Villa Capri regular, Jimmy Durante), including movie press receptions (such as for The Godfather) and wrap parties.
Composers such as Sammy Cahn, Jimmy McHugh (often escorting legendary columnist Louella Parsons) and Jimmy Van Heusen frequented the restaurant for pleasure or to offer up a new song to Sinatra or other regulars that included Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher, and Nat "King" Cole, to name a few. Fellow "Rat Pack" associates were also regulars, including Joey Bishop, Ava Gardner, Angie Dickinson, Don Rickles, Shirley MacLaine, and Peter Lawford. Another Capitol recording artist and acting legend, Jackie Gleason, considered it one of his favorite restaurants as the Villa Capri became an after session hangout for Capitol Records (Lee, Martin and Cole were also with Capitol at the time).
Sinatra co-founded Reprise Records in 1961, though he continued to record at the Capitol Records' studios as well as other studios in Hollywood. Reprise Records quickly became the home for such Sinatra friends as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Duke Ellington, Errol Garner and Trini Lopez. The Villa Capri continued on as before serving now as the meeting place for Reprise Records and their talent roster.
The Durante Room was also the headquarters for the "Sons of Italy" meetings, which drew regular visits by the FBI, who took down the license plate numbers in the parking lot. The Rat Pack's highly public support of John F. Kennedy in the close 1960 presidential election was often a subject of meetings there; some FBI reports used these meetings to later attempt to discredit Sinatra to Kennedy as being mob related. Sinatra's fondness for the restaurant even found its way into one of his recordings. The 1958 release of Come Fly With Me included the song Isle of Capri where words were substituted as follows "She wore a lovely meatball on her finger/it was goodbye at the Villa Capri."
From the 60's into the 70s celebrities continued to come to the Villa Capri including such regulars as Lauren Bacall, Dom DeLuise, Debbie Reynolds, Joe Barberra (of Hanna-Barberra), Henry Mancini, Sal Mineo, Stevie Nicks and Jay Leno, whose then girlfriend performed there. Hollywood continued to decline as a celebrity base though and the Villa Capri closed in 1982, after a 25 year run. During that run it helped to influence and create movies, records, television, concerts, politics, theater, and the entertainment social world. As a meeting place for the Hollywood entertainment elite, for business or pleasure, and as a last holdout of what the world perceived to be the real Hollywood, the Villa Capri was without peer. As a creative base for a man called by most "the Voice of the Century," or "The Entertainer of the Century," whose legendary work continues to entertain and influence the world today, Frank Sinatra was based there during his most creative and best-remembered period.
Much of the history of The Hollywood was provided by Robert W. Nudelman, Director of Preservation Issues, Hollywood Heritage, Inc..