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Ritz Theatre in Inglewood
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
The Ritz Theatre in Inglewood, located at 226 South Market Street, opened in 1937 as an independent theater. In 1968 Lowes bought the theater, remodeled it and changed the name to the Loew's Cine. During the intervening years the theater has been used as an adult theater, a church, and has been empty. This building is still standing.
A woman watches as a large group of girls buy tickets at the box office for a matinee double feature of Pat O'Brien's Air Mail and Jean Arthur's Ex-Bad Boy at the Ritz Theatre in Inglewood. Air Mail was revived at this theater the first week of February, 1938.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-301 8x10
Ritz Theatre (Inglewood, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--Inglewood
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Inglewood
Street-railroad tracks--California--Inglewood
Market Street (Inglewood, Calif.)
Inglewood (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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