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Clear raincoat by the RKO Hillstreet Theatre
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.
Architect G. Albert Lansburgh designed the 1922 theater located at 801 South Hill Street for the Orpheum Circuit. The theater, also known as the RKO Theatre and the RKO Hillstreet Theatre, closed in 1963 and was demolished in 1965.; Originally designed by Alfred F. Rosenheim and opened in 1908, the Beaux Arts building located at 800 South Hill Street was enlarged by Aleck Curlett in 1929 to accommodate more merchandise. The store was acquired from A. Hamburger & Sons Co. by David May in 1923 and renamed the May Company. The store closed on January 31, 1986 and more recently has been known as the Broadway Trade Center.
This view looking south on Hill Street captures a woman in a clear rain coat walking past the RKO Hillstreet Theatre on the right and the May Company on the left.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-186 8x10
RKO Hillstreet Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
May Company California
Department stores--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture theaters--California--Los Angeles
Rain and rainfall--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Raincoats--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Hill Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Lansburgh, G. Albert,1876-1969
Rosenheim, Alfred F

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