The 7 Seas Restaurant in 1963
Thanks to Vintage L.A. for sharing this classic photo of Hollywood Blvd. The 7 Seas building was recently sold again in July, 2013 for crazy money. The previous owner purchased it from Eddie Nash in 2007. Ed also had his main office upstairs for his umbrella corporation “Adel, Inc.” which I guess governed some of his business ventures and probably contained a large safe. That’s according to a corporate directory I once found. This location was a mere hop, skip and jump for Greg Diles to drive Ed to from his house in Studio City.
The building’s seller, infamous impresario Eddie Nash, agreed to part with the retail and office structure for an undisclosed price.
…Eddie Nash, who owned the building for almost 50 years, said he finally agreed to sell after a CIM executive “wore me out.” (oh Ed, you so craaazay!)
…Much of the time Nash owned it, and as far back as the 1930s, the building was the home of Seven Seas, a popular island-themed nightclub that once boasted live floor shows with music and dancers three times a night.
…Like many other buildings in Hollywood, this one fell far and hard in the 1980s and 1990s when scores of businesses departed and the neighborhood earned a reputation for being disreputable and even dangerous.
Sorry, but I don’t know what goes on at a Masonic Lodge and I am not sure that I want to know. But from what I’ve seen on the Simpsons and Flintstones it looks pretty harmless:
Hollywood Blvd. looking east towards Highland Ave. in Oct. 1963 (50 years ago). The 7 Seas Restaurant is across the street, next to it is the Hollywood Masonic Temple (current home to TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Show) and the Paramount Theater (today its the El Capitan). Past Highland Ave. is the Hollywood Theater and Hollywood Inn (the “H’ is burned out—it was later bought by the Church of Scientology).