Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Magic Castle


This is another old photo that I've scanned from my archives.  The Magic Castle in Hollywood is the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts.  Luckily, my niece, Kim who now lives in Missouri is a magician and several years back she took me and her parents to The Magic Castle for dinner and a show.  The castle itself sits atop a hill in a grand building that was once a home to a banker, Rollin B. Lane who happened to own most of the land that is now Hollywood.  The home was built in 1909 and the Lane family moved away in 1940.  The home got divided up into apartments and and by 1960, it's fate was uncertain.  That is when Milt Larsen purchased the place to turn it into the private club it is today.  The doors were opened on January 2nd, 1963 and it's been operating ever since.  I enjoyed getting to experience this place that so few get to see.

4 comments:

Judy said...

It does look like a castle!

Thérèse said...

I looked on the web for pictures and it does not seem to have changed a bit!
Such good memories for you.

llandudnopictures said...

Magical looking place!

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Is it open to the public? That car seems to fit the house.