An illustrated presentation on Sunset Boulevard's art deco era Earl Carroll Theatre, Hollywood's newest Historic Cultural Monument, will be given by Richard Adkins of Hollywood Heritage and Marc Wanamaker of the Bison Archives. This nightclub, famous for its "Vanities" showgirl stage revues, opened on December 26, 1938 with a jaw-dropping Art Deco interior designed by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky who invented the Streamline Moderne style.
Adkins and Wanamaker will give a history of the glamorous supper club with the words "Through these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world," emblazoned over the door and talk about the impending renovations to the building that most recently housed Nickelodeon. Wanamaker will detail his personal history with the building in the 1960s when it was known as The Aquarius Theatre and the Kaleidoscope psychedelic night club where The Doors famously performed. The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles joined Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell's office and heritage groups including Hollywood Heritage and the Los Angeles Conservancy to speak to the cultural importance of the building to Los Angeles and helped to obtain Historic Cultural Monument status for it.
The 1940 musical, A NIGHT AT EARL CARROLL'S, will play following the lecture at approximately 2 PM.