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The Hollywood Canteen operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, California between October 3, 1942 and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day) as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. Even though the majority of visitors were U.S servicemen, the Canteen was open to servicemen of allied countries as well as women in all branches of service. The serviceman's ticket for admission was his uniform and everything at the Canteen was free of charge. Source of the place names in the city of Los Angeles, California. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... For other uses, see Thanksgiving (disambiguation). ... A Norwegian soldier (a Corporal, armed with an MP-5) A soldier is a person who has enlisted with, or has been conscripted into, the armed forces of a sovereign country and has undergone training and received equipment to defend that country or its interests. ... A place where Stuart Williams is often found ... Look up ally in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about standardised military dress. ...

The driving forces behind its creation were Bette Davis and John Garfield, along with composer Jules Stein, President of Music Corporation of America, who headed up the finance committee. Bette Davis devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to the project and served as its president. The various guilds and unions of the entertainment industry donated the labor and money for the building renovations. The Canteen was operated and staffed completely by volunteers from the entertainment industry. By the time the Canteen opened its doors, over 3000 stars, players, directors, producers, grips, dancers, musicians, singers, writers, technicians, wardrobe attendants, hair stylists, agents, stand-ins, publicists, secretaries, and allied craftsmen of radio and screen had registered as volunteers. This article is about the actress. ... John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an Academy Award nominated American actor. ... Dr. Jules C. Stein (April 26, 1896 – April 29, 1981) was an American musician, physician, and business leader. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... A guild is an association of craftspeople in a particular trade. ... The Lawrence textile strike (1912), with soldiers surrounding peaceful demonstrators A trade union or labor union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas such as wages, hours, and working conditions, forming a cartel of labour. ... ... Renovation is the process of restoring or improving a structure. ... For other uses, see Volunteer (disambiguation). ...

Glamorous stars volunteered to wait on tables, cook in the kitchen and clean up. On September 15, 1943 the one millionth guest walked through the door of the Hollywood Canteen. The lucky soldier, Sgt. Carl Bell, received a kiss from Betty Grable. Waitress redirects here. ... For other uses, see Chef (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American dancer, singer, and actress. ...

A Hall of Honor at the Hollywood Canteen had a wall of photos which honored the film actors who served in the military.

In 1944, Warner Bros. made a star-studded film about the Hollywood Canteen. At the time the Canteen closed its doors, it had been host to almost three million servicemen. “WB” redirects here. ...

There are over 225 photographs of the Hollywood Canteen.[1]

On May 5, 2001, after being closed for more then 50 years, the Hollywood Canteen re-opened their doors at a new location on Santa Monica Boulevard within a few miles from it's original location. The grand opening was a star studded event with stars such as Paris Hilton and Marylin Manson and ushered in a new era for the Hollywood Canteen. Keeping in touch with it's roots, the Hollywood Canteen is adorned pictures of the past, Betty Davis's original make-up trailer, and art deco interior that is a throw back to yesteryears. The Hollywood Canteen design is an homage to the original Hollywood Canteen that has received numerous praises and awards from local and national peers.

The Hollywood Canteen has had the opportunity to cater to some of Hollywood's biggest names including: Paris Hilton, Marylin Mason ,Keith Jardine ,Vince Vangh , and Lindsay Lohan to name a few. Although the Hollywood Canteen is a central hub for many “a list names in Hollywood”, the Hollywood Canteen's door always welcome their local community as it is a beacon for many entertainment studios to wine and dine at this location.

Canteen Volunteers

Some of the celebrities who donated their services at the Hollywood Canteen were:

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External links

  • Hollywood Canteen photograph collection
  • Hollywood Canteen at the Internet Movie Database
  • Current Hollywood Canteen
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