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Tropical Ice Gardens in Westwood Village
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Tropical Ice Gardens in Westwood Village opened in November 1938. It had a seating capacity for 10,000 spectators and could accommodate 2,000 ice skaters on its year-round outdoor rink. There were conflicting reports that Norwegian ice champion Sonja Henie had acquired the arena sometime in the 1940s and renamed it Sonja Henie's Ice Palace, but her actual affiliation with the establishment remains uncertain. The building sustained considerable damage due to a fire in May 1939, but re-opened shortly after. It was torn down in 1949 to accommodate expansion of UCLA.
Things Are 'Hot' Over This Ice Rink In Westwood Village - Ten Thousand Men, Women and Children in Area Are Battling Over Whether It Should Be Demolished; Medical Center Is Planned Two Years From Now. Photograph dated November 7, 1949.; Cropped version image of #00092993.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 3135
Tropical Ice Gardens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ice skating rinks--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Westwood (Los Angeles)
Westwood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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