Nova Scotia’s DiaDan Holdings Ltd. is a private holding company and former owner of the Evergreen Stage at DiaDan Studios Inc., a state-of-the-art recording and post-production facility in Los Angeles. For 40 years, The Evergreen Stage has been a premier recording location, hosting some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Beyonce, Billy Joel, Placido Domingo and Justin Timberlake.
The Evergreen Stage has also been used as a soundstage for numerous classic movie projects, such as Back to the Future, When Harry Met Sally, Urban Cowboy, The Blues Brothers, Star Trek The Motion Picture and Octopussy. Television projects include Friends and Dallas.
The Evergreen Stage offers one of the largest independent soundstages in the greater Los Angeles area, featuring a more than 3,000 square foot live room, which can accommodate up to 80 musicians, making it suitable for bands and orchestras, as well as solo artists. The room includes three isolation booths and a large projection screen. The studio is anchored by a 72 channel Neve mixing console, the hub of the control room. With an impressive array of equipment and recording gear, the Evergreen Stage offers a variety of digital and analog tracking options.
Before it became a recording studio, the building hosted a movie theatre. The Magnolia Theatre opened in the 1940s and was built for Al Minor, who also operated the Major Theatre in Los Angeles. Designed by Jacques DeForest Griffin, the Magnolia’s marquee was topped with a 170 foot pylon said to be inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The Magnolia’s exteriors were featured in the 1954 film Pushover , in 1975’s Night Moves and in 2016’s La La Land.
Under owner Jack Grossman, the theatre was extensively remodeled in 1964 to include a new marquee, air conditioning, a new box office and a remodeled front facade done in Italian marble. The renovation costs were reported at the time to be $60,000. The Magnolia featured an 800 seat auditorium and a 300 car parking lot.
The Magnolia closed as a theatre in 1979 and subsequently re-opened as a recording studio. DiaDan Holdings Ltd., a Nova Scotia based private holding company, purchased the recording studio in 2010 and sold it in 2016.