The Palace

1735 Vine St.

Hollywood, CA 90028

North of Hollywood Blvd., South of Yucca

Built in 1926 by designers Gogerty and Weyl , the Churrigueresque dream Hollywood Playhouse. On January 24, 1927 this new 'legitimate' theatre opened with a production of "Alias The Deacon" starring Burton Churchill. In the 1930's the Works Progress Administration renamed the theatre The WPA Federal Theatre. The WPA brought contemporary dramas such as George Bernard Shaw's "Androcales and the Lion", "The Vagabond King" and "Caesar and Cleopatra." CBS Radio Network broadcast popular programs from the theater including Fanny Brice with her "Baby Snooks" show and Lucille Ball's "My Favorite Husband" By the Forties the theater was renamed again to the El Capitan.
The El Capitan opened with "Ken Murray's Blackouts", a live variety/burlesque show which played 3,844 performances -a record that has remained unbroken since 1949. The rise of television in 1950's made the facility useful for NBC-TV, whose new stage hosted shows like "You Bet Your Life" "This Is Your Life", "The Bob Hope Chesterfield Specials", "Queen For A Day", "The Colgate Comedy Hour" and the worlds first telethon. In 1963, the Jerry Lewis Theatre was bornto house the comedian's weekly ABC-TV variety series. This era produced Judy Garland's TV specials and live music show "Shindig!" In 1964 ABC-TV launched its television hit "Hollywood Palace" series (hosted by Jimmy Durante) with legends from Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong which represented the theater's new name. In the summer of 1968, Janis Joplin was on the Hollywood Palace show. Also, Bing Crosby hosted season premiers here for several years. The series was canceled in 1970 but the theatre lived on as an ABC television studio where many variety shows were produced featuring Fred Astair, Jimmy Durante and Pearl Bailey. Finally, Merv Griffin settled in with his TV talk show "The Merv Griffin Show". After Merv moved his show into its own facility down the street, The Hollywood Palace remained dark for sometime until a Hollywood businessman purchased the property in 1978. After massive refurbishing, the theatre opened once again as The Palace in 1982 as a Multi-media facility with the largest light and sound system in Los Angeles. Prince, Madonna, The Stones and other popular stars of the day regularly came to party at The Palace. Olivia Newton John even had her wedding reception here! It also became a concert venue popular with British Invasion 1980's bands like the Eurythmics, Culture Club, The Clash, Duran Duran, Erasure, Fine Young Cannibals, Madness, ABC, and others who played their first US dates at The Palace. Mega acts like the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tina Turner, Kid Creole and Oingo Boingo came to play a small venue consequently selling out several nights in a row. Film and television productions have included SHOWTIME 'S live concert series "Rock of the 80's" which featured the very latest
KROQ style bands. Dick Clark followed with "Dick Clark's In Person". HBO produced several comedy specials here including the "Women of the Night" series. The first "American Music Awards" was broadcast from here. Over twenty motion pictures have been shot here. Most notably "Against All Odds" starring James Woods and Jeff Bridges and Academy Awardİ-nominated "What's Love Got To Do With It?" In 1990's alternative music icons like Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Beastie Boys performed multiple nights to begin their world tours. DJ's like Frankie Knuckles, Sven Vadth, Goldie, The Dust Brothers have made the Palace a popular dance hall. Even President Clinton has performed at the Palace where he gave his now historic "gays in the military" speech.

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