Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
1:00pm
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Art Deco Society Illustrated Lectures 2017
An Afternoon with Earl Carroll / A NIGHT AT EARL CARROLL'S
Presented by the American Cinematheque, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles & Hollywood Heritage

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.

35 mm!

A NIGHT AT EARL CARROLL’S
1940, Universal, 62 min, USA, Dir: Kurt Neumann

Perhaps Hollywood's most glamorous club ever, the Earl Carroll Theatre stood on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - an Art Deco palace emblazoned with cement slab movie star autographs (much like Grauman's Chinese) and a huge neon sign of dancer Beryl Wallace surrounded by the incantation “Through These Portals Pass the Most Beautiful Girls in the World.” Released one week after FANTASIA, this musical stars Ken Murray with Rose Hobart, plus radio stars Brenda & Cobina (Blake Steward and Elvia Allman) and songs by Hobart, William Brady, Mary Lou Cook, Lillian Cornell and an old vaudeville dance by Lela Moore. The thin plot revolves around Earl Carroll (playing himself) being kidnapped by mobsters at a mayor's convention. A glorious artifact for those with an interest in the revival of burlesque!


35mm print
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Jan 29, 2017 • 1:00pm
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