Nederlander Concerts To Book And Promote Hollywood’s Earl Carroll Theatre

Earl Carroll Theater rendering
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– Earl Carroll Theater rendering

Nederlander Concerts added a new venue to its Hollywood portfolio with the announcement that it will exclusively book The Earl Carroll Theatre, currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. The 1,800-capacity, 38,000-square-foot complex is expected to open in early 2021.

The long-term booking and promotion agreement joins the Pantages Theatre and Broadway in Hollywood presentations at the Dolby Theater on Nederlander’s roster.  

Phase I of the restoration includes the exterior, lobby, dressing rooms, and theatre, which is expected to open in early 2021.  The theatre will host concerts, comedy, family and other live entertainment.  Additionally, the revitalized theatre will be available to the public for neighborhood meetings, and private as well as special events.

 “We are thrilled to embark on this new project, reinvigorating and re-opening this spectacular venue for all to enjoy,” said Alex Hodges, Chief Executive Officer of Nederlander Concerts.  “Hollywood has and always will be important to the Nederlander family, and we look forward to expanding our footprint and bringing quality live entertainment back to this beautiful, historic venue.”

Thaddeus Hunter Smith, the entrepreneur behind the Music Box Theatre @Fonda, and his business partner, real estate investor, and billboard entrepreneur Brian Levian are the operators of The Earl Carroll Theatre.  Smith and Levian have signed a multi-year lease to revitalize the world-famous theatre and selected Nederlander Concerts to book and promote concert events year-round. 

“We have a long history with the Nederlander family and are thrilled to partner with them at The Earl Carroll Theatre.  Nederlander’s history in Hollywood and booking expertise will bring vitality back to this glorious theatre,” said Thaddeus Hunter Smith.

Completed in 1938, the Earl Carroll Theatre was one of the last remaining examples of modern entertainment venues constructed at the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age. At the time of its opening, the Gordon B. Kaufmann-designed nightclub was a groundbreaking contributor to the rise of radio, television, and entertainment venues in the neighborhood anchored by Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. 

From 1997-2017, The Earl Carroll Theatre was home to Nickelodeon’s television production studios, and before that, it was called the Aquarius Theatre. Most recently, Nickelodeon returned to the theatre to tape “America’s Most Musical Family.”