Earl Carroll Nightclub


Earl Carroll built his second famous Earl Carroll theatre at 6230 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California that opened on December 26, 1938. It opened aat about the time the Mocambo opened on the Sunset Strip. As he had done at the New York theatre, over the doors of the entrance to the Earl Carroll Nightclub had emblazoned the words "Through these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world." An "entertainment palace," the glamorous supper club-theatre offered shows on a massive stage with a 60-foot wide double revolving turntable and staircase plus swings that could be lowered from the ceiling. The building's facade was adorned by what at the time was one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks: a 20-foot high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace, one of Earl Carroll's "most beautiful girls in the world," who became his devoted companion. The sign had long vanished by the 1960s, but a re-creation made from photos is today on display at Universal CityWalk, at Universal City, as part of the collection of historic neon signs from the Museum of Neon Art. Another major feature at the theatre was its "Wall of Fame" where many of Hollywood's most glamorous stars inscribed a personal message. Extremely successful, Jean Spangler, Mara Corday, Phyllis Coates, Maila Nurmi, Gloria Pall, and Lucille Ball were some of the showgirls who performed here. The facility was a popular spot for many of Hollywood's most glamorous stars and powerful film industry moguls such as Darryl F. Zanuck and Walter Wanger sat on the Earl Carroll Theatre's board of governors. The Earl Carroll Theater was sold following the 1948 deaths of Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624 at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. The theater continued to operate, but in the 1950s fell on hard times. Beginning in 1953, for a while it operated as a nightclub under the name, the "Moulin Rouge." During part of its run (1956–1964), the popular TV game show Queen for a Day was broadcast from this venue.[1] After changing hands it eventually became the "Hullabaloo" Rock and Roll club, capitalizing on the popularity of the television variety show Hullabaloo. It then became the "Aquarius Theatre" in the late 1960s and was used as a venue for the long running musical Hair and made famous as the place where The Doors performed on July 21, 1969. In 1983, the Pick-Vanoff Company purchased the property and converted it into a state-of-the art television theater that for nine years was the taping site of Star Search.The Pick-Vanoff Company also owned Sunset-Gower Studios, formerly the home of Columbia Pictures. For many years, it was used for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. In the late 1990s, the theatre was leased by the cable television channel Nickelodeon. Afterwards, the name of the theater was changed to "Nickelodeon On Sunset," and has been the headquarters for Nickelodeon's West Coast live-action television production. Some of the shows filmed here include All That, The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and iCarly. In 2004, it was sold to a private equity firm as part of a larger parcel of property. As of September 2007, the City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Board has worked to assure that the theater is protected. Just down the street fro Earl Carroll's was the Palladium. On this site are scores of Earl Carroll Theater photos, Earl Carroll Theater images and Earl Carroll Theater pictures.

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