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- ABC Television became a color network in September 1965, converting the Hollywood Palace Theater as their first West Coast "color-video" studio facility. At the end of the second show…
[show]ABC Television became a color network in September 1965, converting the Hollywood Palace Theater as their first West Coast "color-video" studio facility. At the end of the second show taping-season, the studio underwent major electronic conversion from May through August, 1965. The "Lawence Welk Show" was moved from the Talmadge-Prospect ABC TV main lot to the Hollywood Palace Theater in September, 1965 to June 1966. The week schedule divided, allowing the Welk Show to set-up, rehearse and tape on Tuesday. The Hollywood Palace maintained their regular load-in, rehearsal and taping schedule, Saturday afternoon (Dress) and evening (Show) taping. The Welk Show had to reduce their orchestra size for the stage footprint. When Lawence Welk was given the orchestra layout and plan, with a pencil, he drew a line on the right side of the orchestra, saying "get rid of them!" During this Winter-Spring period, ABC converted electronic color conversion on the main lot "Welk Stage" and other stage facilities. Welk and his production returned to the main lot, remaining on his "Welk Stage E" until ABC canceled the series. The Welk Production Syndication remained on the main lot, until they were moved back to the Hollywood Palace stage. The Welk Show then moved to CBS Television City, to tape their syndicated series, ending and closing down taping of their variety show. The commercials during this period were in black and white. Only Monsanto Commercials were filmed in color. Advertisers did not catch up with the color transition for two years.
- The Hollywood Palace lobby box office was utilized by ABC to distribute show tickets for all the television shows on the ABC TV Main Lot at Prospect Avenue (Extension of Sunset Boulevard at…
[show]The Hollywood Palace lobby box office was utilized by ABC to distribute show tickets for all the television shows on the ABC TV Main Lot at Prospect Avenue (Extension of Sunset Boulevard at the street's Y) and Talmadge Street, and for shows being taped at the ABC Stages, 1313 North Vine Street. From June through November 1965, "The Les Crane Show" interview program, produced by Nick Vanoff, aired from 1313 Vine Street. As well, later, "The Joey Bishop Show" was produced from this ABC stage.
- All the "acts" performing on the Hollywood Palace television show were video-recorded and performed on the HP stage, or in the adjacent parking lot, with only one exception. Converting the…
[show]All the "acts" performing on the Hollywood Palace television show were video-recorded and performed on the HP stage, or in the adjacent parking lot, with only one exception. Converting the ABC TV stage-studio into a color facility during the summer of 1966 shut the stage down. Vanoff booked Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for the third season, third show hosted by Fred Astaire. Only available during the month of June, 1966, the Proscenium was duplicated by ABC Scenic Services, and sets built for their performance of the Black Swan pas de deux, from the Swan Lake ballet. These scenic elements, including the stage's apron brass footlights, were shipped and set up at the CBS Television City Studios, Beverly Blvd at Fairfax in Hollywood. Rehearsing the dance on the CBS stage, Nureyev and Fonteyn found the standard shiny gray vinyl floor "impossible to perform upon". Hub Braden covering the taping, had the CBS construction/scenic shop replace the vinyl with a 4'x8' Masonite sheets, which were turned over, reversing the shiny finish to the material's backside pebble texture. Accepting this substituted dance floor, Fonteyn and Nureyev performed their segment with Astaire introducing them from his Hollywood Palace proscenium host area. The segment was placed in ABC's Bank Vault until the show was taped and edited, airing October 2, 1966.