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The Hollywood Canteen

Post by koimaster » January 16th 2021, 2:40pm

Hollywood Hospitality at the Hollywood Canteen
Servicemen could dance with Betty Grable, be served a sandwich by Shirley Temple, and watch performances by Bob Hope and Carmen Miranda. Roy Rogers even rode his horse, Trigger, right onto the stage for some prancing tricks.


On October 3, 1942, the Hollywood Canteen opened its doors in a former livery stable at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles. Modeled after, and affiliated with, the Stage Door Canteens founded by the American Theatre Wing, the Hollywood Canteen became a haven for servicemen—a place where they could enjoy entertainment and dancing free of worry or charge. Young military guests to the canteen were often very far away from home, lonely, and starved for entertainment. The canteen provided a welcome respite from the pressures of a world war.

https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/a ... od-canteen


https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/a ... -ends-1945
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