Life in Old Carthay

John Hood notes an anniversary today:

Today might be a good day to whistle while you work. On this date in 1937, the first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered at the Cathay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.

Oddly enough, this is incorrect. The film premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. This is because there’s a residential district near Fairfax in LA called Carthay Circle. I drive by it whenever I go up to the Farmers Market for lunch, and I’ve always wondered why it was so oddly misspelled. Now I’m inspired to take the ten seconds required to find out. Ladies and gentlemen, Wikipedia to the rescue:

In 1922, J. Harvey McCarthy developed the area as an upscale residential district along the San Vicente Boulevard line of the Pacific Electric Railway….McCarthy originally named the district Carthay Center (Carthay being a derivative of the developer’s last name).

Really? Carthay is a derivative of McCarthy? That’s just bizarre. But now I know. And so do you, even if you didn’t want to.


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