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United Artists Theater, East Los Angeles
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.
Architects Walker & Eisen and Clifford A. Balch designed four Art Deco style United Artists Theater buildings in 1931 including one Whittier and Woods in East Los Angeles (5136 East Whittier Boulevard), one in Inglewood (148 North Market Street), Pasadena (606 East Colorado Boulevard) and Long Beach (217 East Ocean Boulevard). These theaters were operated by Fox West Coast soon after completion. The Inglewood and Long Beach theaters have been demolished. The East Los Angeles and Pasadena theaters are still standing, although not operating as theaters.; Architect Clifford A. Balch designed the 1927 Churrigueresque/Deco style Golden Gate Theater and Vega Building, located at 5176 East Whittier Boulevard, at the corner of Atlantic in East Los Angeles. The entrance replicated the portal of the University of Salamanca in Spain and the original 12 stores, also of Spanish design, were housed on the first floor of the Vega Building. The theater was designed both as a legitimate playhouse, seating 1,500 and a movie house. The courtyard contained two fountains and A.B. Heinsberger created the interiors. This complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Vega Building was demolished in 1992, but the theater was saved and is still standing today.
This view looking west on Whittier and Vancouver in East Los Angeles includes from right to left: a Safeway market (5128 Whittier Boulevard), the United Artists Theater, and the Vega Building shops.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-550 8x10
Safeway Stores, Inc
Golden Gate Theater (East Los Angeles, Calif.)
United Artists Corporation
United Artists Theater (East Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--East Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--East Los Angeles
Grocery stores--California--East Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--East Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--East Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--East Los Angeles
Streets--California--East Los Angeles
Whittier Boulevard (East Los Angeles, Calif.)
East Los Angeles (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Balch, Clifford A
Walker & Eisen

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