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He’s been called “the troubadour of the nude,” “the impresario of feminine epidermis,” “the elongated purveyor of feminine pulchritude,” and “the most notorious connoisseur of female flesh in the history of show business.” Earl Carroll was Florenz Ziegfeld’s only real competition in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but he left Broadway under a cloud of scandal and bankruptcy. Looking for a fresh start and determined to reinvent himself in Hollywood, he opened the colossal Earl Carroll Theatre at 6230 Sunset Boulevard on December 26, 1938. The 1000-seat “entertainment palace” and supper club quickly became known for the glory and gaiety of its grandiose productions featuring casts of 60 girls performing atop a double revolving stage. Guests were dazzled by more than six thousand feet of blue and gold neon and massive, 30-foot illuminated columns. For $1000, VIP memberships to Carroll’s Inner Circle guaranteed a lifetime cover charge and a reserved seating. While it was Carroll’s behind-the-scenes puppeteering that powered the operation, it was ravishing beauty Beryl Wallace whose face characterized the Earl Carroll Theatre to the world. Not only was she the star showgirl in Carroll’s lavish musical comedy revues known as “Vanities,” Beryl was his longtime devoted companion. “Thru these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world,” the theatre’s celebrated slogan, encompassed a 24-foot neon silhouette portrait of the stunning chosen showgirl. Illuminating Sunset Boulevard, just east of Vine, the sign soon became one of Hollywood’s most famous landmarks. Following World War II and nearly a decade in Hollywood, Earl Carroll unveiled his plans for $15 million facility what promised to be the “World’s Largest Motion Picture Theatre and Broadcasting Studios” to be erected a half a block east of the existing structure on Sunset. Larger than Radio City Music Hall, the plans for the 7,000 seat theatre touted a 130-foot proscenium, three revolving stages, and an ice rink adjacent to a water tank, purportedly so that both Sonja Henie and Esther Williams could perform simultaneously with more than 100 dancing girls. Tragedy struck on June 17, 1948 when United Airlines Flight 624 crashed in Pennsylvania. Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace were among the 39 passengers killed instantly. In true Carroll “show must go on” fashion, the grieving showgirls took the stage the following night presenting the Earl Carroll Vanities with Virginia Dew, Beryl’s stand-in, going on in her place. Carroll and Wallace were interred together in the Garden of Memory at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. After operating in the red for more than a year, the Vanities came to a close on October 15, 1949 and the theatre went dark. The theatre reopened in 1953 as the Moulin Rouge nightclub and went through a number of incarnations (inlcuding the Hullabaloo, Kaleidoscope, Aquarius and Longhorn Theatres) before becoming the west coast production hub for Nickelodeon in 1997. Nickelodeon on Sunset is currently the production headquarters for the network’s "Victorious" television series. The legendary “Thru these portals…” neon sign is no more, but in 1993 the Museum of Neon Art created a replica of Beryl Wallace’s neon portrait. The replica is now on display and seen high overhead each day by thousands at the Universal City Walk at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The is the dawning . . .
10/16/2018

The is the dawning . . .

She’s coming together beautifully! Who else is loving Tarantino’s transformation of Los Angeles icons for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Comment below with your favorite transformation so far.
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Come see ME, the Earl Carroll Theatre...
02/23/2018

Come see ME, the Earl Carroll Theatre...

After over two years of collaboration with our friends and colleagues at Hollywood Heritage, Los Angeles Conservancy, and Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, along with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office and property owner, Essex Property Trust, the Earl Carroll Theatre became a preservation success story. This is a wonderful example that good things can come from an open dialogue and compromises between preservationists, city officials, and developers. We are proud of what has been accomplished! If you want to hear more about the future of the theatre and adjacent mixed-use development, join us on Saturday for our ALL ABOUT the Earl Carroll Theatre ‪at 10:00am‬.
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🎟: https://tinyurl.com/AllAboutEarlCarrollTheatre

Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels, by Martin Turnbull
02/17/2018

Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels, by Martin Turnbull

The Earl Carroll Theater at 6230 Sunset Boulevard just east of Vine Street must really have been a striking sight to see—especially at night with that enormous neon face of one of the 60 chorus members that were featured each night at what was billed as “the largest legitimate theater in the world.” This photo was taken in 1947, a year before Earl and his girlfriend Beryl died in a plane crash, after which the place became the Moulin Rouge.

Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation
02/12/2018

Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

For the first time LAHTF will present our ALL ABOUT behind-the-scenes tour of the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood. Join us as we explore this legendary theatre with the doors open to the public for the first time in over three decades. This is one you do not want to miss! Tickets are $20 with LAHTF Members receiving $10 off, access to the Green Room, and a dedicated members-only loop. Not a member yet? Join today!
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🎟: https://tinyurl.com/AllAboutEarlCarrollTheatre

From KTLA 5 News!Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood to learn about the plans to restore the historic Earl Carroll Thea...
10/17/2017
Restoration of the Earl Carroll Theatre

From KTLA 5 News!
Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood to learn about the plans to restore the historic Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. The property has won landmark status as a Historic-Cultural Monument protecting it from demolition. It is being restored an agreement among owner Essex Property Trust, Hollywood Heritage and the Los Angeles Conservancy, according to Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who orchestrated the deal.

Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood to learn about the plans to restore the historic Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the theatre is one of the last remaining examples of modern entertainment venues constructed at the height of Hollywood's Golden...

Please consider contributing to the campaign and investing in this forthcoming book about Earl Carroll, Beryl Wallace, a...
10/05/2017
IMPRESARIO: Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace

Please consider contributing to the campaign and investing in this forthcoming book about Earl Carroll, Beryl Wallace, and the Most Beautiful Girls in the World . . .
https://igg.me/at/impresariobook

A new book by Randy L. Schmidt in the University Press of Mississippi "Hollywood Legends" series | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

In honor of the lovely Beryl Wallace, born on this day in 1912, I am launching the crowdfunding campaign for my next boo...
09/29/2017
IMPRESARIO: Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace

In honor of the lovely Beryl Wallace, born on this day in 1912, I am launching the crowdfunding campaign for my next book, one that's been in the works for more than five years. People often ask me how they can assist with my research and writing endeavors or how they can get involved with one of my creative projects. Well, THIS IS IT! I hope you will look over the details, watch the video, and consider making a contribution. --Randy Schmidt

A new book by Randy L. Schmidt in the University Press of Mississippi "Hollywood Legends" series | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Vintage Los Angeles
03/04/2016
Vintage Los Angeles

Vintage Los Angeles

"This Is the Dawning Of the Age Of Aquarius".

Some of you might remember when this historic building on Sunset Blvd was painted psychedelic. It was for the production of "HAIR"! But before that, this structure had many incarnations. Check out my article on the history of the intriguing history of the Aquarius Theatre for Los Angeles Magazine.

12/26/2013
Beryl Wallace Homepage

Opening Night, December 26, 1938, at the Earl Carroll Theatre... today marks the Diamond Jubilee/75th Anniversary!

On this day 75 years ago, the Earl Carroll Theatre opened at 6230 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood with a glamorous gala at...
12/26/2013

On this day 75 years ago, the Earl Carroll Theatre opened at 6230 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood with a glamorous gala attended by Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, Robert Taylor, Sonja Henie, Bob Hope, Daryl Zanuck, Errol Flynn, Jack Warner, WC Fields, David O. Selznick, Louis B Mayer, and many others.

Beryl Wallace Homepage
10/01/2013

Beryl Wallace Homepage

During WWII Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace took the show on the road to perform for our service men. Beryl hosted a radio game show for our troops called "Furlough Fun". She also raised money for the "Hollywood Canteen".

Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels, by Martin Turnbull
09/27/2013

Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels, by Martin Turnbull

I love this night shot of the Earl Carroll Theater! It stood on Sunset Blvd, just east of Vine, and opened on Christmas day, 1938 and featured with a cast of 60 girls as well as dazzling lighting made from 6200 feet of blue and gold neon tubing, and 30-foot columns of light flanking the stage. To see some equally wonderful interior shots, go to my website: http://bit.ly/1fuBmBX

1963... Can you spot the Earl Carroll Theatre? How about off vine Restaurant?
08/27/2013

1963... Can you spot the Earl Carroll Theatre? How about off vine Restaurant?

(1963)- CINERAMA DOME (under construction)

Vintage Los Angeles
08/23/2013

Vintage Los Angeles

What a sight!! The Aquarius Theater gets a psychedelic make over in 1969 for the opening of HAIR. It was the world's largest mural at the time..

This venue was formally The Earl Carroll Theatre which opened in 1938. Now Nickelodeon Studios at 6230 Sunset Boulevard.

Photo Courtesy of Richard Wojcik

Vintage Los Angeles
08/23/2013

Vintage Los Angeles

The Turtles at the Hullabalo Club in 1966
Published caption: Mark Volman, Don Murray, Jim Tucker, Al Nichol of The Turtles react to names of "old" Hollywood stars.
Los Angeles Times

Carroll Newman and Patrick Garney at Nickelodeon On Sunset AKA Earl Carroll Theatre. Thanks to Scott Zone and the Beryl ...
07/31/2013

Carroll Newman and Patrick Garney at Nickelodeon On Sunset AKA Earl Carroll Theatre. Thanks to Scott Zone and the Beryl Wallace Homepage for sharing this.

Carroll Newman and Patrick Garney at Nickelodeon on Sunset

Beryl Wallace Homepage
07/11/2013

Beryl Wallace Homepage

Lionel Newman
Seems like almost every movie we see includes this in the end credit: "Recorded at the Newman Stage..20th Century Fox". Before his legendary career at Fox, he was the band leader/musical director at the Earl Carroll Theater. He also wrote music for Earl Carroll's lyrics. Last week we introduced you to his wife, Earl Carroll showgirl Beverly Carroll Newman. Lionel and Beverly were close friends with Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace. You can go the the Earl Carroll Theater page to hear Lionel sing "Mr. Carroll, find me a beautiful Girl". Seems like music flows through the Newman family. Lionel is uncle to recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman!

Beryl Wallace Homepage
06/26/2013

Beryl Wallace Homepage

Publicity shot for "Murder At The Vanities". Taken at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.

06/24/2013
Historic Catalina Island (1930's)

Earl Carroll owned the Chi Chi Club on Catalina in the 1940s. His song "Chimes of Avalon" was to be published around the time he and Beryl died in 1948. Thanks to Tom Early for the info that Avalon became a city 100 years ago this week...

This is another precious little piece of surfing history submitted by Duncan Wilson. Ever wonder what Catalina Island looked like? Take a look! Learn more at...

Thanks to Scott Zone and the Beryl Wallace - Family Homepage for sharing... "It was on this day in 1948 that Beryl Walla...
06/18/2013

Thanks to Scott Zone and the Beryl Wallace - Family Homepage for sharing... "It was on this day in 1948 that Beryl Wallace and Earl Carroll perished in a plane crash en route to New York. They are interred together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale in the Gardens of Memory, a private section where Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart, and other Hollywood luminaries are laid to rest."

It was on this day in 1948 that Beryl Wallace and Earl Carroll perished in a plane crash en route to New York. They are interred together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale in the Gardens of Memory, a private section where Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart, and other Hollywood luminaries are laid to rest.

Old Hollywood comes back to life in Gangster Squad!
01/11/2013

Old Hollywood comes back to life in Gangster Squad!

Thank you Warner Bros. Entertainment for this stunning image of the recreation of Mickey Cohen's club, Slapsy Maxie's from the new movie, Gangster Squad! VLA looks forward to members reaction to the film that is opening this weekend. Let us know what you think of the film!

Beryl Wallace, star showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre, graced the cover of THE AMERICAN WEEKLY at the time of her tra...
01/02/2013

Beryl Wallace, star showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre, graced the cover of THE AMERICAN WEEKLY at the time of her tragic death in 1948.

Today marks the 74th Anniversary of the opening of the Earl Carroll Theatre, December 26, 1938!
12/26/2012

Today marks the 74th Anniversary of the opening of the Earl Carroll Theatre, December 26, 1938!

Beryl Wallace Homepage
12/18/2012

Beryl Wallace Homepage

This 7 foot tall poster of Beryl will be added to the lobby of Nickelodeon on Sunset just in time for the 75th Anniversary of the Earl Carroll Theater. Many thanks to Ryan Garney at Nickelodeon. Great job!

12/01/2012
EARL CARROLL THEATER - RESTAURANT - Stock Footage

18 seconds of glorious color footage from the Earl Carroll Theatre!

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11/17/2012

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11/17/2012

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Beryl Wallace Homepage
11/14/2012

Beryl Wallace Homepage

Movie poster from Murder At The Vanities - 1934

10/27/2012

"In life, we weep at the thought of death. Perhaps in death, we weep at the thought of life." -- Earl Carroll's epitaph... Does anyone know if it was a quote from Earl himself? All online mentions attribute the quote to him.

Today marks the 100th Birthday of Beryl Wallace! She was born Beatrice E. Heischuber on September 29, 1912. For more inf...
09/29/2012

Today marks the 100th Birthday of Beryl Wallace! She was born Beatrice E. Heischuber on September 29, 1912. For more info, visit the Beryl Wallace - Family Homepage.

09/08/2012

Welcome to all those who have recently liked this page. I am currently researching for an upcoming book about the Earl Carroll Theatre, Earl Carroll, and Beryl Wallace. Be sure to see Scott Zone's Beryl Wallace - Family Homepage for more info on his aunt. If you or anyone you know has info, photos, etc. to contribute to this project, please message me! Thank you. --Randy

A NIGHT AT EARL CARROLL'S (1940) Newly-elected reform Mayor Jones celebrates his victory over the crooked political mach...
09/03/2012

A NIGHT AT EARL CARROLL'S (1940) Newly-elected reform Mayor Jones celebrates his victory over the crooked political machine with a party at Earl Carroll's night club. Steve Kalkus, the defeated racketeer-politician, has Earl Carroll and several of his acts kidnapped, figuring the kidnapping coup will cause Jones to be laughed out of office. In Carroll's absence his assistant, Ramona Lisa, and his press agent, Barney Nelson put on the show themselves with the remaining talent, the chorus girls and also pressing into the entertainment cigarette girls, cloakroom girls, the doorman and others including oil heiresses Brenda Gusher and Cobina Gusher. Carroll and the other prisoners make their escape when a kidnapped juggling act sends their captors down in a barrage of beer bottles. (Written by Les Adams)

08/29/2012
off vine Restaurant

Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine at off vine Restaurant, the former home of Beryl Wallace! See details...

"like us" today, tomorrow and Friday and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Pinot Grigio with your meal!

Ansel Adams, circa 1939
08/18/2012

Ansel Adams, circa 1939

Beryl Wallace in AIR DEVILS (1938)
08/17/2012

Beryl Wallace in AIR DEVILS (1938)

Here is a color tint of Beryl from the movie "Air Devils". Original black and white photographs are on display at Off Vine.

Another regular at the Earl Carroll Theatre... Luxor Gali-Gali (billed as "Gali-Gali, the Egyptian magician") put his ow...
08/15/2012
Egyptian magician LUXOR GALI-GALI {1950}

Another regular at the Earl Carroll Theatre... Luxor Gali-Gali (billed as "Gali-Gali, the Egyptian magician") put his own spin on the old cup and balls magic trick... he was known to plant baby chicks in customers' pockets, men’s trouser fronts, etc. You just can't make up this stuff!

An early tv appearance by a legend among magicians, the great LUXOR GALI-GALI (Mahguob Mohamed Hanafi), 1902-?? (Egypt) Egyptian magician were known as "Gali...

Mira Nirska’s “Butterfly Dance” was part of THE WORLD'S FAIREST revue at the Earl Carroll Theatre in 1939. Her mas...
08/14/2012

Mira Nirska’s “Butterfly Dance” was part of THE WORLD'S FAIREST revue at the Earl Carroll Theatre in 1939. Her massive costume was created from 200 yards of silk stretched around a framework of bamboo. It weighed forty pounds and had a wingspan of twenty-two yards!

08/14/2012
Buster Shaver & Olive- The Dancing Doll

A favorite act at the Earl Carroll Theatre... Buster Shaver and Olive!

The dancing team of Buster Shaver & Olive started out as Buster Shaver, Olive & George. Olive & George were sister and brother and yes, they were both midget...

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney backstage at the Earl Carroll Theatre, September 24, 1939, just weeks after the premiere ...
08/11/2012

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney backstage at the Earl Carroll Theatre, September 24, 1939, just weeks after the premiere of The Wizard of Oz. The two were signing cement blocks for the theatre's Wall of Fame after appearing on SCREEN GUILD THEATRE for CBS Radio.

Los Angeles Times ad from December 20, 1943...
08/09/2012

Los Angeles Times ad from December 20, 1943...

Signed photo of Beryl Wallace (Portraiture by John E. Reed, Hollywood)
08/09/2012

Signed photo of Beryl Wallace (Portraiture by John E. Reed, Hollywood)

Los Angeles Times ad for "Star Spangled Glamour" from December 25, 1941...
08/08/2012

Los Angeles Times ad for "Star Spangled Glamour" from December 25, 1941...

A recent shot of 6230 Sunset Blvd...
08/05/2012

A recent shot of 6230 Sunset Blvd...

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