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Earl Carroll Theatre, exterior view 1
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1940]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; In episode #10001 of "California's Gold," Huell Howser visits the Los Angeles Public Library to see this collection of Ansel Adams photographs.
Earl Carroll opened his theater on December 26, 1938. It had the world's largest double-revolving stage and a dining capacity of 1000. The theater was sold following the 1948 deaths of Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace in a plane crash. After a few changes in ownership over the decades, the building has housed the West Coast production of live-action original series produced for the Nickelodeon cable channel since 1997.; Around 1939, Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation history of the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took 217 photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes, aerospace employees, and a variety of other subjects, but when the article, "City of Angels," appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included. In the early 1960s, approximately 20 years later, Adams rediscovered all of the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel, and sent a letter of inquiry to the Los Angeles Public Library, asking if the institution would be interested in receiving the collection as a donation. In his letter, Adams expressed that, "the weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good" and "if they have no value whatsoever, please dispose of them in the incenerator [sic]." He went on to write that "I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value." In response, the Los Angeles Public Library gladly accepted the gift of 135 contact prints and 217 negatives, and the staff concluded that a fair value for the collection would be $150.00.
Exterior view of the Earl Carroll Theatre, located at 6230 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Seen here, above the theater entrance, is a 20-foot high neon portrait of Beryl Wallace. The marquee reads, "Includes Lavish Revue - Dinner - Dancing." Forming a halo above the Wallace's neon head are the words, "Thru these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world".
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Ansel Adams Fortune Magazine Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
S-002-001.1 4x5; GPC_b11_f1_i14
Earl Carroll Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Neon signs--California--Los Angeles
Dinner theater--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.)--California--Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ansel Adams Fortune Magazine Collection photographs

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