The place to be in the 40's and 50's was Ciro's. Opened in 1940 on the famed Sunset Strip, it saw major movie players, mobsters, crooners, politicians and of course, the press! Chic, elegant and dashing, aren't they? This kind of insight would never happen in this day and age. Today, The Comedy Store at 8433 Sunset Boulevard stands on Ciro's ghostly hallowed grounds. You can see more photos of Ciro's in it's heyday here!
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Promoting Desi Arnaz
Abbe Lane and Xavier Cugat packing them in
Ciro's camera girl Dixie Liston with Gail Russell and Guy Madison in 1946 Gossip queen Hedda Hopper getting the scoop on Frank Sinatra in 1946 Lili St. Cyr in 1951 Mickey Rooney with ex-wife Martha Vickers in 1951 Journalist Walter Winchell chatting over Marilyn Monroe to 20th Century Fox studio head Joseph Schneck in 1953 Sammy Davis Jr and Cary Crosby in 1955 Sonja Henie, Liberace and actress Susan Hayward in 1955 Costumed Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in 1956 photos via Corbis and Ochs archives