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Vista Theatre at night
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
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 was Lewis A. Smith.
Exterior view of the Egyptian Revival style Vista Theatre, located at 4473 Sunset Drive in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. The film titles on the marquee, "The Great Waltz" and "Men With Wings," date the photograph to December 1938 or January 1939. Because the photograph was taken at night, the stores on either side of the theater are dark, except for a lighted window to the right of the entrance.
1 photographic print :b&w ;12 x 12 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
S-001-516.1 8x10
Vista Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Egyptian revival (Architecture)--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Motion picture theaters--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Marquees--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Neon signs--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Los Feliz (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Night photographs
Schultheis Collection photographs
Smith, Lewis A

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