ABOUT THE VENUE: THE ALEXANDRIA HOTEL
The Alexandria Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, California, which in its
heyday from 1911 to 1922, was the scene of speeches by U.S. Presidents
William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson and Gen. John J. Pershing.
Alexandria was the place where Paul Whiteman, later known as the "Jazz
King," got his start as a bandleader in 1919, where Rudolph Valentino
danced with movie starlets and where Hollywood held its most significant
balls during the early days of the motion picture business.
In 2005, the Los Angeles Times described the Alexandria:
"It was the film industry's first home in the early 1900s, a place where
dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends
formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal makers
that a Persian rug there was deemed the 'million-dollar carpet.'"
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