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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Where's The "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" Plaque?

Above, the Godzilla plaque. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This morning, some Facebook Godzilla fan friends asked me about the location of the Godzilla, King of the Monsters! plaque's location in Burbank. Since it has been a while since I've posted anything on the plaque, I figured that if anyone is going to be in the Los Angeles area making a pilgrimage to the plaque and other places of interest, I would post a blog to help them out.

Above, the plaque's location at the main entrance to the school. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

First of all, the plaque is not in Burbank. It is in Los Angeles, in the mid-Wilshire district. It is at the main entrance of the Frank del Olmo Elementary School (formerly Belmont Elementary, as that's the name of the school on the plaque). It is at First Street and Vermont Avenue. But, the actual address is 100 North New Hampshire Ave. (a half block west of Vermont Ave.). The main entrance is on New Hampshire Ave.

It was dedicated in 2006 as a joint project of the Godzilla Society of North America and Platrix Chapter No. 2, E Clampus Vitus to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Americanized version. The school was still under construction at the time of the dedication.

Above, the plaque dedication in 2006. Photo by Jean Carbajal.

Thankfully, when the school is closed, the plaque is protected from vandalism and theft by an iron gate, but visitors can still see it a few feet away.

The location was formerly the little studio called Visual Drama, where Terry Morse directed actor Raymond Burr for the insert scenes for the Americanized version of the 1954 Godzilla by Toho Co., Ltd. It was released here and worldwide as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! in 1956. The new Legendary Pictures Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie that is in pre-production pays homage to the Americanized version by its title.



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