Popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard. There was a revolving guest host, usually a singer or comedian, each week. Bing Crosby was the most frequent guest host (including, of course, the Christmas Week show), but other frequent guest hosts included Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Don Adams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV appearence on the show in 1964. The waning popularity of weekly variety shows contributed to "Hollywood Palace" being cancelled in early 1970, but it's still well-remembered by its many fans.
From Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of the world. ABC-TV presents "The Hollywood Palace!"
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The ABC network television "Hollywood Palace" studio/theater was built in the Spanish Baroque architectural style in 1929 as a legitimate drama/comedy/vaudeville theater and originally was named "The El Capitan Theatre." The theater had a main box office lobby, a stage orchestra pit, an audience seating main floor, an audience seating balcony; the main stage area with a pin rail fly-system above the stage well-area. The fly-man's floor existed on stage right's 2nd floor side well-wall. Beneath the main principle stage was an orchestra room and performer's dressing rooms; above stage left were additional performer dressing rooms. During the late 1930's and early 1940's, the theater was used by various radio networks as a broadcast venue for an audience. Radio programs broadcast from the stage included the Jack Benny radio comedy show, Edgar Bergen's Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd radio comedy show. The theater's original name "The El Capitan Theatre" was re-christened "The Vine Street Theater" when the venue became a radio-audience theater. After the advent of television's B&W broadcasting, then the theater was converted to a television studio by covering over the orchestra pit for a television multiple-camera staging path area. Electrical rigging pipes for studio stage and audience lighting was added above and in front of the proscenium. House left, the audience seating area had been removed for a live orchestra area. The theater's 1940's-50's transition-name changed from "The Vine Street Theater." In 1963, the marquee changed to "The Jerry Lewis Theater" - then, to "The Hollywood Playhouse." In 1963, the Prospect and Talmadge ABC-Hollywood flagship network studio, having purchased the real-estate theater-studio satellite property, invested millions for property renovations and electronic upgrades for their September premiere host-variety program "The Jerry Lewis' Saturday Night Variety Show." The satellite TV/Studio-theater was renamed "The Jerry Lewis Theater" with the network completely renovating, upgrading electronics in the facility for a B&W television broadcasting studio, retaining the audience area. The orchestra pit was filled with concrete; a television camera concrete center aisle was added, connecting to the stage apron with a "T" back wall camera tracking path. "The Jerry Lewis' Saturday Night" hosted variety show began airing in September, 1963. Very poor viewer ratings sunk the "Jerry Lewis' Saturday Night" the first week of December. ABC replaced the Lewis program with the multiple Hollywood star host(s) (Bing Crosby) vaudeville, variety show format as an answer to CBS' Ed Sullivan Sunday night variety show. In 1966, the ABC studio's conversion from B&W to a network color "The Hollywood Palace" established ABC West Coast as the network's first color broadcasting studio. "The Lawrence Welk Show" was moved to the theater enabling ABC to have two live color broadcast (video taped) programs originating from the West Coast. After the main lot was completed for electronic color transmission renovation, Lawrence Welk's show was moved back to the main studio lot, returning to his renovated color Stage E. "The Hollywood Palace" variety show was canceled in the 1970-71 mid season, after seven years (January, 1964 to January, 1971). The studio facility was used into the 70's by the ABC network as a satellite TV stage/studio, where the "Lawrence Welk Show" was displaced from the main Talmadge and Prospect studio lot after becoming a syndicated television show. After Lawrence Welk's syndicated TV variety show moved to CBS-Fairfax, the real-estate was sold. Late 1970s/80's, the venue was converted into a night club and dance hot spot featuring touring band groups, with the lower audience chair-seating sloped area removed, floor leveled with the stage's television camera apron. The night club's house band was positioned 'on stage center' performing for the night club's dancing patrons. The lobby box office was retained. A new access balcony staircase was built inside, against the main theater's rear audience area, with the balcony apron extended for cocktail viewing table seating. The new Hollywood hot night-spot venue was renamed "The Avalon Hollywood". See more
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