Oct. 31, 1982: Times staff writer Ruth Ryon profiles the renovations at the Earl Carroll Theatre, 6230 Sunset Blvd. Now the Nickelodeon Studios, the theater was designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann and opened on Christmas Eve 1938.
After Carroll died in a 1948 plane crash, the theater went through several reincarnations. By 1982, it had been the Moulin Rouge, a set for the TV show “Queen for a Day,” a teen nightclub and the Aquarius, where “Hair” and “Zoot Suit” were performed.
Architect John Siebel was given the task of renovating the theater. In 1982, some features remained, including rotating stages and a 15-foot statue of Beryl Wallace, Carroll’s girlfriend.
Ryon also notes that the celebrity signatures in concrete that once decorated the outside of the building were being returned.
Architectural notes: The lobby’s ceiling was originally patent leather and the walls were “done in black fur,” Ryon says. The columns in the bar had neon lamps and “neon stalactites hung from the ceiling in the cabaret.”
At the movies: “A Boy and His Dog,” “It Came From Hollywood,” “Halloween III,” “Fitzcarraldo,” “Veronica Voss,” “Smash Palace,” “Raiders of the Los Ark,” “An Officer and a Gentleman.”