1755 N. Vine Street
Playing the Palace, Judy did, Bing did, Frank did, most every popular singer of the classic Hollywood era performed here at the Palace. Its got a Spanish-Baroque exterior and beautiful Art Deco lobby. The Palace opened in 1927 as the Hollywood Playhouse
. During the Depression, it was home to the WPA, who staged plays for all. In the 1940s, CBS broadcast various radio shows from the Palace, including Fanny Brices Baby Snooks.
In 1942, it was rechristened the El Capitan (not to be confused with the movie theater) and was home to Ken Murrays Blackout Revues
. When the El Capitan closed seven years later, Ken Murrays production was the longest running show, having played 3844 performances.
The Palace was renovated for television and Bob Hope's Chesterfield Specials
, The Jerry Lewis Show
and everybodys favorite, This is Your Life
all originated from the Palace. In 1964, it acquired a new name, the Hollywood Palace
and ABC began broadcasting a weekly tv variety show from the place. Hosted by Bing Crosby, the show offered some of the finest entertainment of the day.
Raquel Welch was one of the card-carrying young showgirls promoting Hollywood Palace for station breaks.
Merv Griffin took over the studios when the Palace series ended but by the mid-1970s, there was talk of demolition. Luckily, two young entrepreneurs came forward and invested almost $10 million in restoration monies. Rock acts performed, the Palace was featured in Against All Odds
, two restaurants were added and a recording studio.Capitol Records
1750 N. Vine Street
The House that Frank Built was designed by famed City of Angels architect Welton Becket. The building is 13 stories tall and stands 150 feet tall. Used to landmark Hollywood and Los Angeles in countless movies and television shows. When it was built, due to earthquake codes, it was the tallest building in Los Angeles for 1955. There are recording studios throughout the building as well as below ground.
Recently the controversy has been with a nearby condo project going in and whether or not the underground construction of a parking lot will disturb the nearby recording studios.
Other Welton Becket buildings include the Music Center, the lost and cherished Pan-Pacific Auditorium, the Cinerama Dome, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (home to the Oscars in The Oscar
), the Beverly Hilton Hotel and many others.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welton_Becket
Nancy Olson's ( Sunset Blvd
) husband, Alan Livingston was the head of Capitol Records for most of its heyday.
And south of the Blvd:
The Ricardo Montalban Theater
1615 N. Vine Street
Formerly the Huntington Hartford, this theater has quite the past. It opened in 1927 as the Vine Street Theater. By the 1930s, this part of Vine Street was part of Radio Row West and CBS took over operations and it became the CBS Playhouse Theater. The famed Lux Radio Theater was broadcast from here. The show was hosted by a well-known director that most Americans felt they knew personally, C.B. DeMille. Many of the broadcasts were radio versions of well-known movies of that era.
In 1945, following a well publicized dispute with AFRA, the radio performers union, DeMille stepped down as host.
In 1954, the theater was renamed the Huntington Hartford, after the millionaire heir who bankrolled the renovation, and featured well known plays. Helen Hays opened the theater in What Every Woman Knows.
Until the 1990s, the theater continued to bring plays and the occasional silent film with an orchestra accompanyment, to its subscribers and the public. Following the Northridge earthquake, it sustained some damage and was closed.
In 1999, the Nosotros Foundation headed by Ricardo Montalban, bought the theater, which was then called the Dolittle. When it opened in 2004, it was renamed the Ricardo Montalban Theater to honor the man who helped change the way Latinos are portrayed on film and was the driving force behind the Nosotros Foundation.
For all you TCM fans, Robert Osborne's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of the theater.
Across the street, now long gone due to a fire of suspicious nature, was the famed Brown Derby Hollywood.