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Ciro’s Nightclub

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Unquestionably, one of the most popular and glamorous restaurants, sometimes called a nightclub, was Ciro’s, at 8433 Sunset Boulevard.  After leaving the Cafe Trocadero, also on Sunset Blvd., W.R. Wilkerson opened  Ciro’s nightclub.  Ciro’s didn’t get off to a great start and folded after three years.  Wilkerson went down the street and open LaRue’s Restaurant.  Under new management, Ciro’s soon became one of the most famous  Hollywood hotspots.  Owner Herman Hover remodeled, turning the club into one of the largest and the most lavish.  

Soon, it became packed nightly, as audiences listened and watched Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Sophie Tucker, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Maurice Chevalier, and Liberace.  Earth Kitt made her nightclub debut at the famous Ciro's.  

With the increasing popularity of the Las Vegas shows, Hollywood found it difficult to compete with the enormous salaries paid entertainers by the gambling capital of the world.  

After more than fifteen years of catering and hosting some of Hollywood’s greatest celebrities, Ciro’s went out of business in the late 1950s.  The same circumstances had the same effect on may other nightclubs in Los Angeles.  The Ciro’s location became Art Laboe’s nightclub for a few years and then was taken over by the Comedy Store.

Today, the Comedy Store is a workshop type of nightclub for standup comedians.  Visit hollywoodphotographs.com to view Ciro’s, Art Laboe’s  and Comedy Club photos. 

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