Hollywood Palladium prepares to unveil face-lift
By Erik Pedersen
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Here in Hollywood, it's not news when an aging star has a little work done. Or a lot. But this is different. October marks the comeback of a showbiz veteran whose career includes Emmys and Grammys and playing host to showbiz legends: the Hollywood Palladium.
The venerable Sunset Boulevard hall, one block east of Vine, is reopening after a major year-plus restoration. Concert biz headliner Live Nation in June 2007 inked a long-term lease to run the Palladium, and work began soon after.
The renovation is a multimillion-dollar project that includes a new stage house, the refurbishing of the original chandeliers, new ambient lighting in the original art deco style and upgraded amenities including new bars and restrooms.
"The Palladium will be a flagship for Live Nation in Los Angeles," said Rick Mueller, president of Live Nation California.
It's also part of Los Angeles' grand plan to reclaim some of Tinseltown's faded luster. The hall is in the heart of Hollywood -- pop "hollywood, ca" into Mapquest, and the red star just about lands atop the Palladium marquee -- and its surrounding area is a major focus of the restoration, including work on the Pantages Theater and the massive mixed-use Hollywood and Vine project.
"The Palladium is part of the renaissance under way in Hollywood," Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti said. "We are working to bring exciting new shops, restaurants, housing, entertainment and hotels to the neighborhood, while at the same time preserving Hollywood's rich history."
The venue's place in Hollywood lore is secure. It started out as a hugely popular dance spot and later became a TV studio and host of major awards shows. Continued...