the heart of old Hollywood, right next door to the famous Crossroads
of the World center on Sunset
Boulevard, is an impressive structure, the Blessed Sacrament Church.
Established back in 1904, it was the first Catholic church in the Hollywood
In 1956, John Wayne
attended his daughter Toni's wedding at Blessed Sacrament (along with
Bob Hope & Loretta Young). He later attended the wedding of his
other daughter, Melinda, at this same church.
In October of 1957,
the then-widowed Bing Crosby was married for a second time. But by then
Bing was a multi-millionaire, and when his second wife (Kathy Grant) took
pre-wedding instructions for becoming a Catholic, she didn't take the classes
here, but at the more upscale Church
of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
Likewise, as the Hollywood neighborhood around the church has deteriorated, most of its celebrity parishioners have moved on to other parishes. Today, this portion of Sunset Boulevard is a somewhat seedy area, brightened only by the adjacent Crossroads center.
The church still has one unique claim to Hollywood glamour, though: on the evening of the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the police horses and the parade's equestrian units are stationed in the church's parking lot.
An episode of "ER" (with guest star James Cromwell as a bishop) was filmed at Blessed Sacrament.
Getting there: The church is located on Sunset Boulevard, between Highland Avenue (on the west) and Cahuenga Boulevard (on the east), right next door to the Crossroads of the World center. / From Hollywood and Vine, go south (two blocks) on Vine Street to Sunset Boulevard, and turn right (west). Go half a mile west on Sunset, and the church will be on your right (north) side.
can see video of Blessed Sacrament's weekly services online at the church's
official website, at
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