Palladium


Los Angeles Times publisher, Norman Chandler funded the construction of the art deco Hollywood Palladium at a cost of $1.6 million in 1940. It was built where part of the original Paramount studio lot once stood and is located between Argyle and El Centro avenues. The style dance hall was designed by Gordon Kaufmann, architect of the Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building and the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. He was also the architect for the Hoover Dam and early Caltech dorms. The theater opened October 31, 1940 with a concert by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. It had six bars serving liquor and two more serving soft drinks and a $1 cover charge and a $3 charge for dinner.Over the years, it has hosted the Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, TV Land Awards, Toyah, The Greatful Dead, Beach Boys, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Backstreet Boys and hundreds of other entertainers. From 1955, the scene of Latin Music Orchestras for dances sponsored by radio personality Chico Sesma titled Latin Holidays. The Tito Puente Orchestra performed regularly to sold out houses of 5000. (Josephine Powell, 2007, "Tito Puente:When The Drums Are Dreaming", Author House 2007.) During WWII, the Palladium hosted radio broadcasts featuring Betty Grable greeting servicemens' song requests. Big Band acts began losing popularity in the 1950s, causing the Palladium to hold charity balls, political events, auto shows, and rock concerts. In 1961, it became the home of the long-running Lawrence Welk Show. Pop Expo '69, referred to as a 'teenage fair,' was a youth-oriented event held from 3/28/69 to 4/6/69 at the Palladium, and included performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the MC5. 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, starting in February 1993. In 1964, it was announced that none of the jazz bands scheduled were to be paid and a riot ensued after the show was cancelled. In 1973, Stevie Wonder performed with Taj Mahal in what was advertised as an "Afrocentric concert" to benefit African refugees. Since 1985 the theater has been owned by Palladium Investors Ltd., 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. Curfews were implemented in 1993 and a because of a brawl a few nights prior a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch show was called off. It was also used for Hollywood celebrity parties. Renovation and reopening The Palladium reopened with a Jay-Z concert on October 15, 2008 after a year long, multi-million dollar renovation by Live Nation. The renovation included an overhaul of the venue's interior and exterior, a new dance floor, expanded concessions, upgraded restrooms and improvements to the stage infrastructure. Jay-Z performed for nearly an hour-and-half, backed by an eight-piece band and DJ AM, who played his first show after surviving a plane crash in South Carolina. The Hollywood Palladium was also used as the memorial service site for DJ AM on September 3, 2009. Across the street was the famous Earl Carroll Theater and just down the street from Wallach's Music City.  Also, the Hollywood Legion Stadium was nearby.

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