Los Angeles, World Capital of Teen Fandom

Teenage is screening today at ArcLight Doc Fest in Los Angeles, so here’s a chronological compilation of LA teens doing what they do best — fawning over entertainers of all kinds in the entertainment capital of the world (the above photo is a Bee Gees concert in 1979!). Whether it’s athletes, musicians or movie stars, LA teens know better than anyone how to make a show of other people’s shows.

137.tifLeo Carillo and his fans, 1942 clusc_8_1_00178558a_jJoan Crawford signs autographs at the premiere of “Torch Song,” 1953


Johnny Mathis signs autographs, 1959


Elvis Presley’s taxi mobbed by a group of young fans, 1960.


Police hold back rabid Sonny and Cher fans at LAX, 1965


LA Lakers sign autographs at a fundraiser, 1971clusc_8_1_00327994a_j

Young fans of the Los Angeles Rams take a peek at the team’s training camp, 1973


Prince fans doing their best “Prince” at the premiere of Purple Rain, 1984.clusc_8_1_00326376a_j

Metalheads at the Starlight Theater, 1984. 

All images via UCLA Digital Library.