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Hollywood Palladium Photos

Palladium Photos & Histor

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Exactly 4 months after luscious Lana Turner, with a silver shovel, started in the groundbreaking ceremony, the doors of the now world famous Hollywood Palladium swung open to begin its colorful career of catering to the dining and dancing pleasures of film stars, world noted celebrities and a flow of tourists from all over the world.

Palladium photo

Hollywood Palladium’s Opening

The Hollywood Palladium was located on Sunset Blvd., just east of Vine St. That was the evening of October 31, 1940, and it's almost 40 years of existence and constant refurbishing, the Palladium has played host to more than 38 million people, including a galaxy of famous entertainment stars who constitute a veritable Who's Who of the film and television capital of the world: Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Harry James, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Doris Day, Les Brown, Marilyn Monroe, Martha Ray, Peggy Lee, the King sisters, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Freddie Martin, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, -- and the list goes on and on, embracing Hollywood's and the entertainment and music worlds greatest stars.

The website has some of the finest and rarest photos of the Hollywood Palladium and of the many events that took place there.

The Hollywood Palladium, which cost  $1,600,000 to construct, was the dream child of Norman Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles times, and owner of the property. Independent film producers Maurice M. Cohen and Edward Small assumed management and operated the world's largest dining and dancing emporium, located on Sunset Boulevard, occupying the entire block from Argyle to El Centro. Forming Southern California Enterprises, the pair joined with 21 Hollywood businessman and film personalities as stockholders.

Photo of the Palladium

Visiting U.S. Presidents

Five United States presidents and been honored at dinners and banquets at the Hollywood Palladium, through its existing years: Harry S Truman, Dwight D Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon, and along the way, Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowden were guests of honor in the huge dining room at a special benefit dinner given by the WAIFs.

In July 1961, television producer Don Fedderson, in concert with Sam J Lutz, assume the management and operation of the Hollywood Palladium, and forth with sign America's most noted television band leader, Lawrence Welk, to appear weekly at the Palladium. It has been well folks musical home ever since, and the maestro appeared some 25 Saturdays each year at the Palladium for his host of Los Angeles admirers, and visiting Welk TV fans.

Palladium Events

Through the years, the Palladium's doors had never been closed. The spacious building has hosted the television Academy’s Emmy award dinners, the Apollo dinner honoring astronauts Tom Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cerna, Deb star balls, hundreds of auto dealer previews, sales meetings, trade shows, antique exhibitions, and countless other events.

Palladium photo

Beginning in the 1980s and 90s, punk rock, rap and heavy metal concerts started to be booked at the venue. Several white power disturbances resulted, eventually leading to the Palladium closing for eight weeks in 1993. In 1973, Stevie Wonder performed with Taj Mahal and what was advertised as a concert to benefit African refugees.

Since 1985, the theater has been owned by Palladian investors limited, a privately held group. In 2007 the owners agreed to a long-term lease to operate, manage and exclusively book the Hollywood Palladium with live nation. Renovation and reopening the Hollywood Palladium on October 15, 2008 was a year-long, multimillion dollar renovation by live nation.

Vintage Palladium Photos

The largest collection of Hollywood Palladium photos is on the website. All of the photographs are available for purchase.

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