Ambassador Hotel, Oct. 30, 2006; 10 a.m.
With Emilio Estevez's "Bobby about to hit theatres, I thought we'd check in on the progress at the former Ambassador site. The tractors are busy pushing dirt around, and more work (or is it destruction?) is taking place on the remaining Cocoanut Grove structure.
The east side of the old hotel
And the west side of the old hotel
Yup, the school won't be done until 2009 -- which seems like a terribly long time, until you realize it's almost 2007!
Meanwhile, former L.A. resident Robert Peate -- who's now up in Portland -- writes Franklin Avenue to share word that Oprah wants to use some of his cool Ambassador shots (which can be found here:
Today I was contacted by the Oprah Winfrey Show, which is running a show next week on Emilio Estevez’ movie *Bobby*, and asked if I would be willing to let them use my shots of the Ambassador Hotel for credit. I said yes. If they do use any, they will let me know the airdate, and I will let you know.
Estevez scrambled and was able to shoot parts of "Bobby" at the Ambassador (which, as you all know, is where Bobby Kennedy was assassinated) right before the hotel was tragically torn down.