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chris319 commented about Colonial Theatre on Aug 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

The Price Is Right with Bill Cullen originated in color on NBC from the Colonial. NBC and its owner RCA also used the Colonial as a test studio when they were developing color television. When NBC cancelled The Price Is Right in 1963, the show moved to ABC and the Ritz theater, reverting to black and white after several years in color. ABC cancelled the show in 1965 and it moved to Hollywood and CBS in 1972.

chris319 commented about Town Theatre on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:45 am

The Little Theater housed the 1969 season of syndicated Beat the Clock (organist Dick Hyman played from the balcony) and was used by Westinghouse for David Frost when Merv went to CBS in 1969. I understand Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show and Johnny Carson’s Who Do You Trust? originated there when it was occupied by ABC.

Interesting story about the Elysee and Pyramid. After being cancelled by ABC, producer Bob Stewart struck a deal with Colgate Palmolive to tape a barter-syndicated version of Pyramid for 1981 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. On November 21, 1980 the MGM Grand suffered a major fire, causing Pyramid to return to its former home at the Elysee to tape that season. It was likely the last show there.