The 1st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club on January 25, 1949 and hosted by Walter O’Keefe. Only shows produced in Los Angeles are aired in the Los Angeles media market were eligible to win at the time.
When the Hollywood Athletic Club first opened in 1924, it was established as a health club, with memberships to many Hollywood celebrities and athletes. This is what a typical 1931 membership card looked like, that granted a member access to several clubs in the Los Angeles area. Membership was originally $150 for initiation fees and $10 for monthly dues.