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Leimert Theatre through the park
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
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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.
In 1931 Howard Hughes built the Art Deco style Leimert Theatre (3341 West 43rd Place), which was designed by the architectural firm Morgan, Walls & Clements. In the 1970s it was the Watch Tower Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall. In 1990 it became a live theater called the Vision Theatre, which underwent a major renovation in 2007.
This view of the Leimert Theatre through the park includes the marquee, a sidewalk and bench and cars parked on 43 Place. The theater is playing "Alcatraz Island" and that film played the week of December 15, 1937.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-124 8x10
Leimert Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Marquees--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Signs and signboards--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Parks--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Benches--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Leimert Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Morgan, Walls & Clements

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