Opened in 1940, this venue has seen everything from Frank Sinatra to the Pornographic Film industry’s Awards show.
In the 60’s, when large venue owners weren’t sure that ” hippie” music would make them any money, this was the largest hall in Los Angeles that allowed bands like The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, The Who and others to play. It remained a well used concert site because it did not have built-in seats which allowed dancing next to the stage. Because of the lack of seating, concert promoters could pack in as many patrons as the fire marshal would allow.
The “Teen Age Fair” moved to the Palladium in 1964 and was renamed “Pop Expo ’69“. The expo was held from March 28, 1969 to April 6, 1969 at the Palladium, and included performances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Delaney & Bonnie and the MC5.
The Blues Brothers concert sequences were filmed here. Even stranger, the owner throughout the the 60’s and 70’s was none other than that rocker, Lawrence Welk. He broadcast his show from this location for many years. Wunnerful, wunnerful.
6215 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028