Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An End Of An Era: Nickelodeon On Sunset Is Being Demolished

It's the end of an era, guys. Nickelodeon on Sunset - aka the building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California that housed a TON of beloved Nickelodeon live-actions shows — is being obliterated by a bulldozer.

To give you an idea just how precious this piece of real estate was to Nick Kids, the soundstage served as Nickelodeon's West Coast hub for live action shows after production moved from Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios, with various episodes of iCarly, Drake & Josh, All That, Kenan & Kel, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Amanda Show, Victorious, and more were filmed there. Soon, a pivotal piece of nostalgia will be nothing but dust, presumably becoming a new building that won't house insanely funny and memorable tween and teen shows.

Victoria Justice, star of Victorious, recently walked past her old stomping ground and filmed the sadness, tweeting the video on Monday (December 11). During the video, Victoria also gives fans a outdoor tour of the building and a few behind-the-scenes facts years after the show wrapped up.

“Here’s something really weird and sad and crazy,” she says in the video. “This is where we used to film Victorious, right here at Nick on Sunset. And it is now being demolished and torn down, and it’s crazy.”

Whilst looking through a gated portion of the building, she reminisced about filming exterior lunch scenes at the studio, sharing that though it was "sad" to see so many homeless people outside their set, the people outside would often shout things and interrupt their takes and ruining the shot, resulting in the cast having to redo scenes. "Anywho, just wanted to say, 'Rest in peace, Nick on Sunset.' Thanks for all the good times and the memories, and I'll never forget you."

Victoria finishes the video by taking a final twirled peek at the scene around her and then shares her wishes for the building to become something "beautiful." SOB.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Nickelodeon on Sunset here.

Nickelodeon on Sunset (also called Nick on Sunset), formerly known as Earl Carroll Theatre, was a stage facility located at 6230 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California which has housed the West Coast production of live-action original series produced for the Nickelodeon cable channel since 1997, starting with the production of the third season of All That.

Shows taped at Nickelodeon on Sunset:

- Zoey 101 – table reads, only some minor episodes
- All That (seasons 3-10)
- Kenan & Kel (seasons 3 and 4)
- The Amanda Show (seasons 2-3)
- SNICKhouse
- The Nick Cannon Show (Various soundstage production)
- Taina (season 2 only)
- Drake & Josh (seasons 1, 2, 4)
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (season 1 only)
- Unfabulous
- iCarly (season 1 to 5) – Moved to Sunset Bronson for season 6 & 7
- Dance on Sunset
- Blue's Room
- True Jackson, VP (season 1 only)
- The Fresh Beat Band – Various episodes for Nick Jr.
- Victorious
- Alf's Hit Talk Show – For Nick's sister network TV Land
- Sam & Cat
- Bella and the Bulldogs
- The Conspiracy Zone (the series was produced for Nickelodeon's sister channel TNN, now Spike)

Specials produced at Nickelodeon on Sunset:

From the studios prime opening in 1997, several shows have used Nickelodeon on Sunset to film special events, shows which have used the soundstage in such ways include:

- All That LIVE – The 100th episode of All That was presented live from the studios on the evening of March 6, 1999 and was the first Nickelodeon show of its kind broadcast live from Hollywood, with some elements taped before the live show. The exterior of the building was sparingly used to avert confusion with the Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
- R U All That? Competition
- All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special

Nick on Sunset originally opened on December 26, 1938 as the West Coast location of the Earl Carroll Theatre. The supper club-theatre offered shows on a massive stage containing a 60-foot (18 m)-wide double revolving turntable, staircase and swings that could be lowered from the ceiling. The building's facade was adorned by a 20-foot (6.1 m)-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace. The sign had been long gone by the 1960s, but a recreation made from photographs of the sign is now on display at Universal CityWalk, as part of a collection from the Museum of Neon Art.

After Carroll and Wallace died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624 in 1948, the theater was sold. In 1953, it became the Moulin Rouge nightclub, then later the Hullabaloo Rock and Roll club, and then the Aquarius Theatre in the late 1960s. The Pick-Vanoff Company, who owned Sunset Gower Studios, purchased the property in 1983, converting it into a television theater where Star Search, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and The Chevy Chase Show were once broadcast.

In the mid-1990s, Nickelodeon decided to move production of some live-action series' to the West Coast from Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios, after scouting soundstages for a year, the network's headlining mover All That spent a year at Paramount Pictures before Nickelodeon obtained a lease for the 6238 Sunset Blvd facility, acquiring the soundstage and rebranding it "Nickelodeon on Sunset" by 1997. Due to limited studio space and the need to control plot spoilage for several programs, only a few series' are taped at Nickelodeon on Sunset at a time. As a result, other live-action series' produced for the network are filmed in other stage facilities with closed set policies throughout the Hollywood area.

Since September 2017, no new Nick programs have been filmed there and all of the Nickelodeon signage has since been removed. Though rumors from current and former pages at CBS Television City talk about either HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher or The Late Late Show with James Corden moving to the studio which will revert its name back to Earl Carroll Theatre sometime in 2018.

Earlier this year, Nickelodeon opened Nickelodeon Studios, a over 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 live-action and animated productions, in Burbank, California.

Original source: Seventeen; Additional sources: Wikipedia, Teen Vogue, HelloGiggles.
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