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Eighth west from Hill
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 soon after.
This view looking west on Eighth from Hill Street captures the RKO Hillstreet Theatre and Rich's Fountain Grill on the left, and the Owl Drug on the right.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-188 8x10
RKO Hillstreet Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Owl Drug Company
Rich's Fountain Grill (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Rain and rainfall--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Eighth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Lansburgh, G. Albert,1876-1969

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