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Earl Carroll Theater Photos


Earl Carroll Theater Photos

One of New York's most popular shows was Earl Carroll Vanities Revue. The production, which ran from 1923 to 1936 was, in actuality, a refined burlesque show and was continuously raided by the police. Closing and reopening began to take its financial toll. With his fortune ebbing because of high court in production cost, Earl Carroll left New York.


Earl Carroll in Hollywood

After arriving in Hollywood in 1936 and findings sufficient financial backing, he opened the Earl Carroll Theater at Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Street on December 26, 1938. Opening night, at the Earl Carroll Theater, was one of the most dazzling events Hollywood had ever seen. Countless celebrities and professional leaders attended the colorful premier, while hundreds of spectators stood outside the theater to watch their favorite stars drive up to the entrance. The star-studded pageant included such personalities as Marlene Dietrich, Dolores del Rio, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. The production, which emphasized the beauty of the partially clad female form, posted of a cast of 60 showgirls. This model later became inscribed in neon lights on the outside of the theater. Carroll, who meticulously selected each of the cast members, adopted the slogan “through these doors pass the most beautiful girls in the world.” The show, headed by Beryl Wallace, became an immediate success and later developed such personalities as Yvonne DeCarlo, Jean Wallace, Sheree North, and-Marie MacDonald.


Old Hollywood Photos

Many of the photos, that are on the website show Earl Carroll rehearsing with the showgirls and the lavish productions.

Carroll's colossal theater, which could accommodate 1160 customers, was lit by 10,000 neon tubes, which were suspended from a patent leather ceiling. With an elevated revolving stage, there was not a bad seat in the house. For $2.50, and later $3.50, the customer received a fine dinner, danced, and witnessed one of the most spectacular and lavish reviews in show business history.


Earl Carroll's Death

Slightly less than a decade after it was started, the production came to a tragic end when Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace were killed in an airplane accident in Pennsylvania on June 17, 1948. The theater was later taken over by showman, Frank Sennes, who changed the theater's name to the Moulin Rouge and provided some of the finest entertainment in Hollywood.

Photos of both the Earl Carroll Theatre and the Moulin Rouge can be found on the

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