Historic Theatre Photography
Happy 81st birthday to the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood, first opened on this day in December 1938!
The Earl Carroll Theatre opened as an “entertainment palace” dinner theatre (supper club) on Sunset Boulevard. Earl Carroll, a Broadway impresario nicknamed “The Troubadour of the Nude”, had already operated a similarly-themed theatre in New York from 1922 to 1932.
The theatre’s Streamline Moderne design, by Gordon B. Kaufmann (also known for the Los Angeles Times building, the Santa Anita Racetrack, and the Hoover Dam), was notable for its extensive use of neon lighting.
Entering the theatre, patrons would ascend a stairway crowned by the “Goddess of Light” sculpture (shown in photo), the space opening-out into an open plan lobby/bar and auditorium.
The Earl Carroll Theatre was afforded Historic Cultural Monument status in December 2016.
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