"The Girl from Montmartre" filming at La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Estates, California

Abstract/Description: Image shows view of the film's stars, Barbara La Marr and Lewis Stone, shooting on location at La Venta Inn, located at 796 Via del Monte on lots 4, 5, and 6, block 1536. The silent film, released in January of 1926 and based on the novel "Spanish Sunlight" by Anthony Pryde, used La Venta to represent the main character's home on the island of Majorca. The couple, dressed as their characters Emilia and Jerome, are holding a book of sketches and seated in front of a vine-covered wrought-iron arch next to a tree, with the Palos Verdes hillside in the background. La Marr, known as "The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful," died of tuberculosis in January of 1926 at the age of 29, making this her final film. The Inn, originally built as a club house (named "Clubhouse 764") to entertain realtors and prospective land owners, opened in the summer of 1923 and was the first permanent building constructed by the Palos Verdes Project. The name was soon changed to La Venta (meaning "The Sale" in Spanish) and the inn served as a sales office and architectural prototype for the peninsula. During the 1930s it became a weekend retreat for notable celebrities such as Charles Lindbergh, Erroll Flynn, Betty Grable, Bob Hope, Tyrone Power, Cary Grant, and Gloria Swanson. Briefly in 1942 the Inn became the central observation post of the coastal artillery. From 1944 to 1954 the property was the residence of Commander and Mrs. Stanley Schnetzler, and was re-established as an inn in 1955. On November 11, 1978, La Venta Inn became the first structure designated as an historical landmark by the Rancho de los Palos Verdes Historical Society. In 1992 the New York Food Company took over management of the property.
Subject(s): La Venta Inn (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)
Historic buildings--California--Palos Verdes Estates
Hotels--California, Southern
Motion picture production & direction
La Marr, Barbara, 1896-1926
Stone, Lewis, 1879-1953
Date Created: 1925-09-00