Despite the best efforts of preservationists, the Los Angeles Unified School District is going to procede with a plan that will level most of the famed Ambassador Hotel and build an elementary, middle and high school on the land. The Ambassador is a significant footnote in Los Angeles history; a few early Oscar ceremonies were held in its nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove; and the hotel played guest in its day to everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Albert Einstein. Most infamously, the hotel's pantry was the site of the 1968 assasination of Robert Kennedy, an event which, as we reported last week, will soon be dramatized by Emilio Estevez.

Interestingly, the Los Angeles Conservatory has struck a deal with the LAUSD, to keep all of that history-stained architecture from getting thrown out for the handball courts and standardized tests.  The pantry will be removed from the site for preservation elsewhere, and the Grove – the site of oodlees of rumored Hollywood debauchery, as well as the recording of one of Judy Garland's comeback records – will be restored and re-incorporated into the new building as a school auditorium. Sounds like exactly the right venue for fire drills and safety assemblies.
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