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Seven Seas Restaurant, Hollywood
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
[ca. 194-]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
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.
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.
Ray Haller started the Seven Seas in the mid-1930s as a Polynesian bar and soon became a hot spot for Hollywood celebrities as well as the soldiers and sailors stationed in Los Angeles during WWII. The inside was decorated with tropical plants, nautical souvenirs, lava rocks and a faux corrugated metal roof above allowing for its most unique and original feature - a nightly tropical rainstorm inside the bar complete with authentic thunder sounds played from a record player.
Photograph shows signage for the Seven Seas Restaurant, where the sophisticated dine in an exotic Tahitian atmosphere amidst tropical thunder, lightning and the famous "Rain on the Roof". With world-renowned cuisine and celebrated rum drinks. The famous restaurant/nightclub is located at 6904 Hollywood Boulevard.
1 photographic print :b&w ;12 x 12 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
S-001-491 8x10
Seven Seas Restaurant (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.)--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Restaurants--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Nightclubs--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Neon signs--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Hollywood Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Night photographs

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