Hollywood Palladium

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Hollywood Palladium
The Palladium
Hollywood Palladium 2012.jpg
The Hollywood Palladium in June 2012 (post-2008 renovation)
Location 6215 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°05′53″N 118°19′27″W / 34.098007°N 118.32421°W / 34.098007; -118.32421Coordinates: 34°05′53″N 118°19′27″W / 34.098007°N 118.32421°W / 34.098007; -118.32421
Public transit LAMetroLogo.svg  Red Line  Hollywood/Vine
Owner Palladium Investors Ltd.
Operator Live Nation
Type Concert Hall
Genre(s) Big Band, Rock and Roll, Pop Music
Seating type Standing room only, dance floor
Capacity 3,700
Broke ground June 10, 1940
Built 1940
Opened October 31, 1940 (1940-10-31)
Renovated 2007–2008
The Palladium in 2005, prior to 2008 renovation
Bandleader Opie Cates was on the bill in 1947.

The Hollywood Palladium is a theater located at 6215 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It was built in a Streamline Moderne,[1] Art Deco style and includes an 11,200 square foot (1040 m²) dance floor including a mezzanine and a floor level with room for up to 4,000 people. The theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.


Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler funded the construction of the art deco Hollywood Palladium at a cost of $1.6 million in 1940.[2] It was built where the original Paramount lot once stood[3] by film producer Maurice Cohen and is located between Argyle and El Centro avenues. The style dance hall was designed by Gordon Kaufmann, architect of the Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building and the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia.[1] He was also the architect for the Hoover Dam and early Caltech dorms.[3]

The ballroom opened on October 31, 1940[2] with a dance featuring Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra and band vocalist Frank Sinatra.[3] It had six bars serving liquor and two more serving soft drinks and a $1 cover charge and a $3 charge for dinner.[3]

During World War II, the Palladium hosted radio broadcasts featuring Betty Grable greeting servicemens' song requests. Big Band acts began losing popularity in the 1950s, causing the Palladium to hold charity balls, political events, auto shows, and rock concerts. In 1961, it became the home of the long-running Lawrence Welk Show.[2][4]

From 1955-1976, the venue was the scene of Latin Music Orchestras for ragers sponsored by radio personality Chico Sesma titled Latin Holidays. The Tito Puente Orchestra performed regularly between 1957-1977 to sold-out houses of 5000.[5]

In 1964, it was announced that none of the jazz bands scheduled were to be paid and a riot ensued after the show was cancelled.[3]

The Joe Loco Orchestra and show performed on the March 1965 Latin Holiday with singer/dancer Josephine "Josie" Powell.

Pop Expo '69, referred to as a "teenage fair," was a youth-oriented event held from 28 March to 6 April 1969 at the Palladium, and included performances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the MC5.

In 1973 Stevie Wonder performed with Taj Mahal in what was advertised as an "Afrocentric concert" to benefit African refugees.[3]

Beginning in the 1980s and 90s, punk rock, rap and heavy metal concerts started to be booked at the venue. Several white power disturbances resulted, eventually leading to the Palladium closing for eight weeks, starting in February 1993.

Since 1985, the theater has been owned by Palladium Investors Ltd., a privately held group. Curfews were implemented in 1993 and a show by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was called off because of a brawl that occurred a few nights earlier, .[3] It was also used for Hollywood celebrity parties.[3]

Renovation and reopening[edit]

In 2007, the owners agreed to a long-term lease to operate, manage and exclusively book the Hollywood Palladium with Live Nation, a Los Angeles-based company.[6]

The Palladium reopened with a Jay-Z concert on October 15, 2008[7] after a year-long, multimillion-dollar renovation by Live Nation. The renovation included an overhaul of the venue's interior and exterior, a new dance floor, expanded concessions, upgraded restrooms and improvements to the stage infrastructure. Jay-Z performed for nearly an hour-and-half, backed by an eight-piece band and DJ AM, who played his first show after surviving a plane crash in South Carolina.[6] The Hollywood Palladium was also used as the memorial service site for DJ AM on September 3, 2009.[8]

For the 2008-2009 season, a yearlong table for four cost $30,000.[3]

Residential Expansion[edit]

An expansion of the Palladium property parking lot was approved by the Los Angeles City council on March 2016. The plan consists of two 28 story residential towers that surrounds the historic music venue. Each tower will stand 350 feet tall and create 731 condominiums, 24,000 sq ft store front retail space and a below grade parking garage. The Towers were designed by Stanley Saitowits of Natoma Architects. The "L" shaped design resembles and echoes the Streamline Moderne - art deco design of the Palladium. The firm intends to break ground in 2018 as the site is prepped and lawsuits are settled. [9]

In popular culture[edit]

The Hollywood Palladium has been featured in many movies and TV shows over the years:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rasmussen, Cecelia (October 7, 2007). "Palladium keeps in swing of things". Los Angeles Times. p. B2. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Jezek, George Ross; Wanamaker, Marc (2002). Hollywood: Now & Then. San Diego, CA: George Ross Jezek Photography & Publishing. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-9701036-1-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Scott T. Sterling, Light it Up! The Rad Return of a Hollywood Gem, October 15, 2008, Metromix Los Angeles
  4. ^ "The Hollywood Palladium". Wikimapia.org. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ Josephine Powell, "Tito Puente: When The Drums Are Dreaming", Author House 2007.
  6. ^ a b Peters, Mitchell (October 16, 2008). "Jay-Z Christens New Hollywood Palladium". Billboard Magazine. Archived from the original (– Scholar search) on November 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Filter-Mag.com". Filter-mag.com. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  8. ^ Adam Bryant (2 September 2009). "DJ AM Funeral and Burial to Be Held Wednesday". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  9. ^ "L.A. City Council Approves Palladium Residences". 23 March 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2018. 
  10. ^ Lawson, Kristan, & Rufus, Anneli (2000). California Babylon, p. 35. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  11. ^ "Skatetown, U.S.A." 1 October 1979. Retrieved 27 June 2018 – via www.imdb.com. 
  12. ^ "AFI-Catalog". catalog.afi.com. Retrieved 27 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "LUNA SEA announces the release date for their 3D live movie". Tokyo Hive. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

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