By: Sam Wagmeister, Nightlife Editor
The Las Vegas team of Denise Rose (as Judy Garland) and Suzanne Goulet (as Liza Minelli) celebrate outside of West Hollywood’s historic El Portal Theater after three performances of Liza and Judy Together Again March 20, 2016.
First constructed as a movie theater in 1926, the El Portal boasts a rich history as a vaudeville theater. In 1928, a touring vaudeville show featuring the O'Connor Family appeared on the El Portal's stage with their 2-year old son, Donald.
A 1994 earthquake devastated the El Portal, beginning a 5-year restoration project. Prior to its 2000 reopening, a "Celebrate the Journey" benefit was held.
Carol Channing presented O'Connor with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The guest list for the event included Robert Morse, Maureen Arthur, Bea Arthur, Patty Andrews, Carroll Baker, Joseph Campanella, Sid Caesar, Tyne Daly, Peter Falk, Kathleen Freeman, Beverly Garland, Mitzi Gaynor, Darryl Hickman, Piper Laurie, Carol Lawrence, Nolan Miller, Margaret O'Brien, Tom Poston, Carl Reiner, Doris Roberts, Anne Rogers, Marion Ross, Russ Tamblyn, Rip Taylor, Jane Withers and JoAnne Worley.
Today the El Portal's three stages plays host to concerts, plays and shows.
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