Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Palladium

by John Ching, Pearl City

Originally the Hollywood Palladium was a beautiful dance emporium famous in the 1940s. There were so many Silver Rooms and Gold Rooms that the promoters decided on a metal even more precious than Gold, - Palladium. It was bigger than most of the places where we have our "Extravadanzas" in Hawaii and they featured the Swing Dance Bands of the Era. They also had a semi-private second floor, they were somewhat against Blacks, Hispanics and Asians, and it was there for a long time.

"Social dancers must beware of the people who work hard to learn something,
learn it, and find themselves no wiser than before."

In the Sixties, The Palladium became the name of New York’s sparkling new dance palace, a Big Ballroom with music and dance featuring a Latin Beat and specializing in Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo. Featuring Tito Puente and his Mambo Kings. It is still there, just not what it once was.


In the Seventies, the English built their own Palladium. It was a Big Glittering Dance and Show pavilion in London, showcasing many of New York’s best theatre productions. It is still there but just not quite what it once was.

 "Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

In the Nineties, the name has been applied by many to the Ala Wai Multi Purpose Recreation Center specializing in Caucasian music and who’s main claim to fame in Hawaii is its super large dance floor. And it is still there and being used regularly.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Nearing the end of the 20th Century they built a new Palladium in Dallas, Texas that could  accommodate 2500 people "easily?" In a show business agenda similar to the London Palladium. They are still there but now functioning only on weekends. Now that we are firmly into the 21st century, we can accept that the Big Ballroom era ended some time ago.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”



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