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Title
Nick and Edna Stewart at Ebony Showcase Theater
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Chinn, Paul
Date Created and/or Issued
1981
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
Photograph included in the Exhibit: L.A. Landmarks - Lost and Almost Lost.
Founded by Nick and Edna Stewart in 1950, the Ebony Showcase Theater was the first African American owned theater in Los Angeles, located at 4718-26 W. Washington Blvd. Nick Stewart, who was most famous for his portrayal of “Lightnin’” in the TV show Amos and Andy, and voicing Brer Rabbit in Disney’s Song of the South, sought to build a place where African Americans could act in roles outside of the traditional stereotypes. The theater has been credited for starting the career of many young black actors, including Michelle Nichols, John Amos and Isabel Sanford. It was demolished in 1998.
Photograph caption dated October 16, 1981 reads, "Nick and Edna Stewart have done a lot to change black stereotypes in theater with their plays since the days when Nick had an act as a comedian."
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;36 x 23 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00028717
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box Theater; HE-002-052 4x5
CARL0000035515
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/8036
Subject
Stewart, Nick,--1910-2000
Stewart, Edna
Ebony Showcase Theater (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Theaters--California--Los Angeles
Marquees--California--Los Angeles
Actors--United States
Actors' spouses--United States
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Couples--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Washington Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mid-City (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Time Period
1981-1990

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