The Hollywood Sun-Tattler was the local Hollywood newspaper from the early 1940's until the early 1990's. Hollywood Historical Society is the custodian for the entire Sun-Tattler library, and is currently raising funds to have this valuable archive digitized and key-word searchable.
There are 572 rolls of microfilm of the newspaper in the possession of the Broward County Historical Commission (a division of the Broward County Library System) that need to be digitized. The total project cost is estimated to be $80,000, at this point in time. We are currently negotiating with the Broward County Library as to how this project might be accomplished.
I have suggested we tackle it a bit at a time, starting with the earliest volumes of the paper. We are establishing a special fund to help pay for this digitization project, from which all Broward County researchers might benefit.
(Hollywood Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization)
Please make checks payable to: Hollywood Historical Society, P.O. Box 222755, Hollywood, FL 33022
Beginning in 1933, the Little Theater of Hollywood produced plays at various locations all over Hollywood. The group disbanded during World War II, as casting during the draft was difficult. Reorganized in 1947, the city commission donated the 2500 block between Washington and Dewey streets, (at the time, on the western edge of the city). A "reverter clause" was applied to the donation, to return the land back to the city, in case the tract was not used for public performances.
Delighted with their acquisition, the landmark playhouse was soon designed by architect Kenneth Spry, one of the organizers of Hollywood's Little Theater. The 18,000-ft² facility contained 265 seats on both the main floor and intimate balcony. The official dedication was held in January 1953, with Gloria Swanson among the honored guests. Because only the foundation was complete, they performed the season outdoors, sometimes in 45° weather; the audience on blankets and lawn chairs.
The theater was completed in 1958, and was very successful for many years; until it was foreclosed and abandoned, and TransCapital bank acquired ownership.
Progress on saving the theater, and how you can help, will be coming soon...
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