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Earl Carroll Theater

One of Hollywood's most famous theaters—known over the years as the Earl Carroll Theatre, Club Hullabaloo, the Aquarius and, most recently, Nickelodeon on Sunset— has won landmark status as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

Earl Carroll Theater photo

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The largest collection of Earl Carroll, Aquarius and Hullabaloo photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All the photos in the collection are available for purchase. The website can provide both digital images and actual photos.

The Earl Carroll Theater debuted on December 26, 1938 and was designed by architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann as the West Coast counterpart of a theater in New York.. Carroll was a legendary showman and entrepreneur. The large theater, which accommodated 1,160 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 for $3.50, the customer received a fine dinner, danced, and witnessed one of the most spectaculars and lavish revues in show business.

Photo of Earl Carroll Theater

The theater was a lavish supper club featuring dining, dancing and stage shows and once had a neon sign above the door: "Through these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world."

The Earl Carroll Theatre's runaway success led to the development of other venues in the surrounding area, including Florentine Gardens (1938) and the Hollywood Palladium (1940).

Slightly less than a decade after it 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.

Earl Carroll photo

Moulin Rouge Nightclub

In following years, the theater was host to many different venues.The nightclub later became Frank Sennes’ Moulin Rouge.  The building changed owners again in 1966 and was renamed the The Hullabaloo Club [after the popular TV show]. In 1967, the classic building got a psychedelic paint job and became the Aquarius Theater, where The Doors once performed. Star Search also made its home here in the '80s. Nickelodeon signed a lease in 1997 and still remains.

The theater has also been the venue for several important theatrical productions in Hollywood, including the West Coast premiere of the Broadway stage production Hair in 1968. At that time, it was called the Aquarius Theater.

The theater on Sunset Boulevard at Argyle Avenue will be protected from demolition and restored under an agreement among owner Essex Property Trust, Hollywood Heritage and the Los Angeles Conservancy, according to Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who orchestrated the deal.

The theater's original neon sign may eventually return to its Sunset Boulevard facade, said John Girodo, Chair, Preservation Issues, Hollywood Heritage Inc., in a statement. “This designation will help to ensure that another historic gem in Hollywood will be preserved and enhanced,” O’Farrell said in a statement. “This investment will continue to establish Hollywood as a world-class, transit-oriented community, while protecting and preserving our unique historical resources.” O'Farrell represents the 13th District, which includes Hollywood.

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