Hollywood Palladium

6215 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Opened: September 23, 1940 with the Tommy Dorsey Band and relatively unknown vocalist Frank Sinatra.  It was built on land that had been part of the original Paramount Studios lot.

Capacity: up to 4000 or 2,500 when set up banquet style. The dance floor is 10,200 Sq. ft.

Architect: Gordon Kaufmann who also was the architect of the Earl Carroll Theatre, Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building and the Santa Anita Racetrack.

The Palladium in the Movies:

We get some nice aerial shots in the Jerry Lewis film
 "The Errand Boy" (Paramount, 1961). Here looking west on
Sunset it's the Earl Carroll (here renamed the Moulin Rouge)
 on the left and the Palladium across the street. 
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See our Theatres In Movies post about
"The Errand Boy"for a Hollywood Blvd. aerial view and
visits to the Fox Westwood Village and the Chinese.

The Palladium is used for the interior of the
Monte Carlo nightclub in the Coen Brothers epic
of Hollywood "Hail, Caesar!" (Universal, 2016).
See our Theatres in Movies post about "Hail, Caesar!"
 for a view during filming at the Palladium as well as shots
from the Warner Hollywood, Music Box/Fonda Theatre
and the Los Angeles Theatre seen in the film.

Status: Operated by Live Nation as a concert venue. Reopened in 2008 after a lengthy renovation. In 2016 is was declared a Cultural-Historic Monument by the City of Los Angeles.

More Photos: Check out the array at Hollywood Photographs.  Don't miss Ethereal Reality's Palladium post on Noirish Los Angeles

Evil Monito Magazine - Wanderlust

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This nice interior by John Eng appears on a 2009
post "Restoring the Palladium" by Sunil Rampersad.
There's a nice history of the renovation effort and
several other photos. 
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History, Los Angeles County

Visit this great blog by Vix:

A view in December 1940 by Gil Harris on the post
"Hollywood Palladium Then."   The photo is from the Herald
Examiner collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.
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The post reports the L.A. Times account of the opening:
  "Dorothy Lamour was there to snip the ribbon, spangled
  with orchids, and as Jack Benny, Judy Garland and Lana
  Turner looked on, hundreds of couples danced the jitterbug
  on a 11,200-square-foot dance floor made of maple wood.

With its coral and chromium interior, Streamlined Moderne
  swoops and shimmering chandeliers, the Palladium that
night must have seemed like a dreamy refuge in a world that
was growing darker by the day."

Brian Michael McCray - Hollywood Postcards

Historic Hollywood Theatres: The Palladium

A night postcard view of the Palladium from
Brian Michael McCray's amazing Hollywood postcards
collection.  The collection used to be on Picasa until Google
pulled the plug on that platform. Thanks, Brian! 
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Photos of Los Angeles


A 1947 look west on Sunset from
Gower toward the Palladium. 
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Another look from 1947. 
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The Transplanters

A classic view of the Palladium on this
  interesting blog in an October 2007 post:
  Reasons to Live in Los Angeles #65.
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The Wikipedia entry on the Palladium has
a great history of the venue and links to
 many other resources.
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the Hollywood Palladium in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

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A night view in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

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Los Angeles Public Library Collection

A 1940 exterior - Tommy Dorsey Band
 headlining.  One of many Palladium photos
 in the Library's  collection. 
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Also: another "dancing"  shot
-- showing a bit of the ceiling

Mid Century Modern

...and Historical Los Angeles in the '60s, '70s and '80s


Historic Hollywood: The Hollywood Palladium

An undated view of the Palladium added
by Camille Grasso to Alison Martino's
Mid Century Modern Facebook page.
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Scenes of L.A. During WWII


From the Landmarks section of this site
comes this 1942 view by Dennis Lewis Sr.  
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Theatre Talks - Cezar Del Valle


A late 50s card from Cezar's collection.
It was postmarked 1958. 
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On the back: "The Palladium, Hollywood California, located
in the midst of Hollywood's radio row, which boasts one of the
largest dance floors in the world, and also features top names
in the musical world."

Cezar is a Brooklyn-based theatre historian. For other interesting
material (including many more Los Angeles theatre cards) see his
website Theatre Talks and visit him on Facebook.

Vintage Los Angeles

A lovely 1946 view from Alison Martino.
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A c.1960 view added to the Vintage Los Angeles
 collection by Richard Wojcik.