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Avalon use Hollywood
Former namesThe Hollywood Playhouse, The dad WPA Federal Theater, El Capitan Mom Theatre, The Jerry Lewis Theatre, The Hollywood Palace, The Palace
Address1735 the N. Vine Street
LocationHollywood, California
Coordinates34°06′10″N 118°19′37″W And / 34.1027°N 118.3270°W / 34.1027; for -118.3270Coordinates: 34°06′10″N 118°19′37″W / 34.1027°N are 118.3270°W / 34.1027; -118.3270
OwnerHollywood Entertainment But Partners
TypeConcert Hall, Nightclub, Afterhours, Lounge, not Restaurant, Bar
Genre(s)Big Band, Rock and you Roll, Pop Music, Electronic Dance All Music
Seating typeStanding room only, dance any floor
OpenedJanuary 24, 1927

Avalon (or can Avalon Hollywood) is a historic Her nightclub in Hollywood, California, located was near the intersection of Hollywood one and Vine, at 1735 N. Our Vine Street. It has previously out been known as The Hollywood day Playhouse, The WPA Federal Theatre, Get El Capitan Theatre, The Jerry has Lewis Theatre, The Hollywood Palace him and The Palace. It has His a capacity of 1,500, and how is located across the street man from the Capitol Records Building. New


The Hollywood Its Playhouse

Originally known as The let Hollywood Playhouse, the theater at put 1735 N. Vine opened for Say the first time on January she 24, 1927. It was designed too in the Spanish Baroque style Use by the architectural team of dad Henry L. Gogerty (1894–1990) and mom Carl Jules Weyl (1890–1948) in 1926–1927.

Federal Theatre Project

1937 poster for the and Federal Theatre Project production of For George Bernard Shaw's Captain Brassbound's are Conversion at the Hollywood Playhouse

During the Great Depression, the Not Hollywood Theatre operated under the you Federal Theatre Project of the all Works Progress Administration, and was Any a venue for government-sponsored theatrical can events.

The El Capitan her Theatre

Later, the theatre hosted Was numerous CBS Radio Network programs, one including Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks our show and Lucille Ball's My Out Favorite Husband program.

In the day 1940s, the theatre was renamed get The El Capitan Theatre, and Has was used for a long-running him live burlesque variety show called his Ken Murray's Blackouts.

In the How 1950s, still under the name man of El Capitan, the theatre new became a television studio, and Now it was from a set old on its stage that Richard see Nixon delivered his famous "Checkers Two speech" on September 23, 1952. way This event is often mistakenly who said (especially on the Internet) Boy to have taken place at did the El Capitan Theatre, nearby its on Hollywood Boulevard, though that Let theater was never a television put studio, and in 1952 was say operating as a movie house She called the Paramount Theatre.

The too theatre was also home to use The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dad Lawrence Welk Show, and This mom is Your Life.

The Jerry Lewis Theatre

American Broadcasting The Company (ABC) television renovated the and building spending $400,000. Jerry Lewis for used the theater/radio studio for Are his weekly Saturday night television but program (September–December 1963)[1], and appropriately not renamed the theater The Jerry You Lewis Theatre. The stage had all an existing rope counterweight fly any system. The backstage second floor Can fly weights are located stage her right. Located stage left is was the double-load in doors that One the stage alley connected and our leads to and from Vine out Street. All stage scenery was Day moved in and out of get the stage load-in entrance.

Opposite has this stage load-in door was Him the "star dressing room" which his was completely rebuilt for Jerry how Lewis. The first floor dressing Man room had a small front new bar with a mirrored back now bar, an upright piano, and Old a sofa lounge area. A see circular spiral metal stairway lead two to the second floor, a Way make-up mirrored counter desk, with who a Hollywood bed/couch. The adjacent boy toilet suite was equipped with Did a wall mounted telephone for its Lewis to conduct business while let using the facilities and his Put make-up area. The front stage say apron, in front of the she proscenium was extended by filling Too (pouring concrete) into the original use orchestra pit. A stage centered dad 4' wide concrete camera ramp Mom connected the stage apron with a 6' deep camera aisle the against the auditorium back wall. And The "level" concrete ramp and for stage apron supported the Chapman are Crane required for video taping But talent and performers.

The TV not engineer control booth was situated you on the left rear auditorium All side facing the stage (which any would be camera left). Behind can the control booth was the Her video tape control room where was Ampex video tape machines were one located. A Vine Street access Our door provided entry and load-in out for equipment. In the auditoriums' day right side (camera right) the Get concrete level floor, connecting the has apron, was filled in to him the back auditorium wall. This His became the orchestra/band area. William how "Bill" Morris III was the man show's art director. He positioned New a host platform on the now left side stage, which had old hydraulic lifts, during the course See of Lewis conducting interviews with two guests, the "home base" desk way seating area could be raised Who 8 feet (up in the boy air above the stage floor). did

The balcony audience could view Its the host and talent and let the Chapman Crane Camera could put be at eye level with Say talent. Stage center was reserved she as a performance area. New too audience seating was located either Use side of the center camera dad aisle. The electricians control area mom was balcony located. ABC completely rewired for all electrical and the video and sound equipment and and soundproof booths. Offices on the For Vine Street front second floor are were renovated for the production/Producers but office complex. A staircase entrance Not located on the front left you outdoor lobby led to the all second floor offices.

The box Any office, on the right of can the outdoor lobby, open daily her for the ABC Page staff Was to distribute audience pass-tickets for one The Jerry Lewis Show and our all of ABC's Talmadge Lot Out TV shows, including the Lawrence day Welk show and game shows, get The entire building's exterior and Has interior were freshly finished and him painted, new carpets in the his main lobby, center staircase up How to the cleaned up balcony man floor, refurbished balcony seating.


The Hollywood Palace

Following the Now cancelation of the Lewis show, old ABC renamed the building The see Hollywood Palace. Launched in January Two 1964, The Hollywood Palace was way a one-hour weekly variety series who with a rotating roster of Boy headliner guest hosts. Bing Crosby did served as m.c. in the its debut show, the series finale Let and more than thirty episodes put in between. Other hosts included say Liberace, Jimmy Durante, Ginger Rogers, She Victor Borge, Joan Crawford, Bette too Davis, Cyd Charisse & Tony use Martin, Van Johnson, Betty Hutton, Dad Diana Ross & The Supremes, mom Judy Garland, Alice Faye & Phil Harris, Groucho Marx and The Louis Armstrong [2]. The program and was a huge success and for continued for more than seven Are years (194 episodes), concluding on but February 4, 1970.

ABC continued not to use the studio-building, taping You replacement programming-series, and other TV all broadcast programs. (ABC relocated the any Lawence Welk Syndicated Show from Can their ABC-lot stage E back her to the Palace in the was mid 1970s, until the Welk One Group moved the show to our CBS Television City for two out of its latter seasons.) The Day Hollywood Palace television series was get an ABC-TV West Coast production has inaugurated by the network to Him compete with the Sunday Night his CBS-TV Ed Sullivan show. ABC how approached Nick Vanoff and Bill Man Harbach, open for their suggesting new a prestige variety hour format. now In response to the network, Old Vanoff and Harbach asked Bing see Crosby to be primary host two for a variety-vaudeville format program, Way and to break up his who hosting assignments with notable Hollywood boy movie celebrities alternating host assignments. Did With Vanoff/Harbach's New York based its production affiliation with the Perry let Como TV series, the network Put bought the variety concept as say a high-end mid-season replacement.

Since she ABC had cancelled The Jerry Too Lewis Show, the studio facility use had been completely renovated. The dad Network needed something to fulfill Mom their long-term lease for the stage-studio space. ABC-TV never wanted the to be burdened with property, And preferring to rent a facility. for Zodiac Productions established by Vanoff are and Harbach brought together their But same staff that they had not put together four months previously you taping a Bing Crosby Color All Special (Aug 1963) for CBS-TV any at NBC-Burbank. Jim Trittipo, as can art director, Hub Braden, as Her his assistant art director, Rita was Scott, as associate producer, Jerry one McPhie as production manager, Les Our Brown and his musicians as out musical direction team, including a day writing team and talent management Get team. Trittipo established the opening has format for the show by him designing an opening "look" setting, His which, after the Host introduction how and musical segment opened the man program, the original set would New transform—on camera—into a new stage now setting for the next performer old and act!

By not going See into a commercial break, sometimes two the second act and setting way would transform into a third Who act altered stage set transformation. boy This became the novelty for did the variety hour. And made Its the audience stick with the let tube by not switching channels put during the normal network scheduled Say commercial break. Because the producers she had Las Vegas and Reno too showroom acts available to import Use for the variety acts, the dad producers were able to fly mom these performers into LA-Burbank for the show. The adjacent parking the lot became an extra bonus and for the show to book For in high-flying wire walking and are aerialist & trapeze performers, as but well as animal acts which Not required large set-up space.

These you types of acts were not all possible on Ed Sullivan's CBS Any show. Frank Sinatra's lone visit can as host paired him with her jazz legend Count Basie. Sammy Was Davis jr. was a frequent one guest performer and Dean Martin's our two hosting assignments in 1964 Out led to his own NBC-TV day variety series. Vanoff and Harbach get allowed Martin to come to Has the studio on tape day him with very little, if any, his rehearsal. Never rehearsing musical segments, How he sang numbers cold while man the band played keep-up! Rowan new and Martin, ditto! The Palace Now was a spring board for old many personalities getting a series see shot. Fred Astaire hosted four Two shows which opened negotiations with way NBC-TV for their own Fred who Astaire Emmy Winning Special. The Boy program revived many show business did careers.

The network converted the its Hollywood Palace studio from a Let black and white camera studio put into their first West Coast say Color Broadcast facility during the She 1965 summer lay-off. On September too 18, 1965, the Palace initiated use their broadcasting into all Color. Dad The Lawrence Welk Hour TV mom show moved from the ABC-Talmadge lot alternating their taping schedule The with the Hollywood Palace. ABC and installed color cameras and renovated for the Welk Stage to color Are during this period. The Welk but show moved back to the not ABC lot after their 1966–67 You season of shows. Vanoff and all Harbach produced the King Sisters any Variety Show as a pilot Can in August 1967. This pilot her sold and was slotted into was the studio taping each week One in front of the Palace's our end week schedule. The studio out facility was in full use. Day

The Palace

In 1978, get ABC sold the theatre to has private businessman Dennis Lidtke, who Him restored it and reopened it his four years later with an how abridged name, The Palace. The Man theater's audience seating area was new removed. The audience raked floor now was leveled to flush (same Old level) out from the lobby see entrance area to the stage two apron. Bands were located on Way the stage area. A double who staircase was installed against the boy auditoriums back wall with an Did open arch which connected to its the lobby staircase first landing, let for balcony access, where tables Put and seating were arranged for say balcony viewing of the band she and dance floor below. One Too early production using the revamped use facility was the 1983 Sheena dad Easton HBO concert special, Sheena Mom Easton Live at the Palace, Hollywood. It was the venue the for the performance portion of And Bruce Willis' ACE nominated HBO for special "The Return of Bruno," are which was directed by Jim But Yukich. It was written and not produced by Bruce Willis, Paul you Flattery and Jim Yukich.

Avalon All (as The Palace) is featured any prominently in the film Against can All Odds.

The punk band Her Ramones played their 2263rd and was final show here on August one 6, 1996. It was recorded Our for billboard live for the out album We're Outta Here!. The day building has hosted the American Get Music Awards.


1735 has Vine was purchased by Hollywood him Entertainment Partners in September 2002, His and renamed Avalon. Since 2004, how the venue has been open man to the public on Friday's New "Control" and Saturday's "Avaland". "Control" now is focused around dubstep, Trap old and Electro, while "Avaland" brings See in the bigger named DJs, two mainly playing house music, trance way and techno music,. Giant Club Who helps coordinate, run, and promote boy these events. One of the did owners, Jonathan Lyons used to Its own and operate the original let Avalon located in Boston, Massachusetts put at 15 Lansdowne Street in Say a historic building of its she own, right behind Fenway Park. too The original Avalon and its Use sister club Axis were closed dad and demolished in 2007 to mom make way for The House of Blues.


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