Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Worth 2,000 Words: From Al Jolson to Ricardo Montalban

By Steve Crum

Here's a very cool pic of the Studio Theatre, aka the CBS Radio Playhouse, at 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood, between 1936-39. That is when Al Jolson headlined his Lifebuoy Show on radio. Imagine attending a broadcast--wow!

In 1953, the building was renamed the Huntington Hartford Theatre and then, in 1964, the James A. Doolittle Theatre. That was when UCLA acquired the property. Finally, The Ricardo Montalban Foundation bought the building in 1999 and renamed it--guess what--the Ricardo Montalban (see photo). It features a resident troupe presenting plays for younger people, as well as various film festivals.

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