Hollywood Palladium

6215 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

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323-962-7600

Website:  www.livenation.com

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.

Status: Operated by Live Nation as a concert venue. Reopened in 2008 after a lengthy renovation.

More Photos: Check out the array at Hollywood Photographs.  Don't miss Ethereal Reality's Palladium post on Noirish Los AngelesHollywood Historic Photos has a 1944 view.



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.   full size view



History, Los Angeles County

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  http://historylosangeles.blogspot.com



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.
larger view

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." 



Los Angeles Public Library Collection



A 1940 exterior - Tommy Dorsey Band headlining.
  One of many Palladium photos in the Library's
  collection.   full size view

Also:   another "dancing"  shot
-- showing a bit of the ceiling



Photos of Los Angeles

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A 1947 look west on Sunset from
Gower toward the Palladium. 
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Another look from 1947. 
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Scenes of L.A. During WWII

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From the Landmarks section of this site
comes this 1942 view by Dennis Lewis Sr.  
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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.
  larger view




Wikipedia



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


about the photos from other websites...

The photos of this theatre other than ours were generally
located via image searches on Google Images, Yahoo!
other databases.  We've tried to give appropriate credit.
The links near the images will direct you to a full size version
on the website hosting it.  Please contact us if there are incorrect
attributions or links that no longer work.   All images are subject
to copyright.  Contact the webmaster of the site in question
concerning reproduction or other use. 




Brian McCray - Hollywood Postcards

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Historic Hollywood Theatres: The Palladium

A night postcard view of the Palladium from Brian McCray's
 amazing Hollywood Postcards set.  408 great views to look at. 
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Mid Century Modern

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

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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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Theatre Talks - Cezar Del Valle

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