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Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection, 2006Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:2006

ID: URB/VMT

Primary Creator: Underhill, Larry

Extent: 0.21 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2007

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

Photographer Larry Underhill was hired by the Los Angeles Conservancy to take photographs of the Valley Music Theatre immediately prior to its demolition in 2006. The collection consists of forty-six silver gelatin photographs taken by Underhill, as well as documentation of the theater designed by Hawkins and Lindsey, Architects.

Biographical Note

In 2006, Larry Underhill was hired by the Los Angeles Conservancy to take the last pictures of the building before it was demolished by the wrecking ball in the fall of 2006, too late for the Conservancy to place the Valley Music Theatre before the landmarks commission.

The Valley Music Theatre opened on July 6, 1964. The Theatre was located at 20600 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills between the Ventura Freeway exits at Winnetka and Canoga Avenues. Designed by the firm Hawkins and Lindsey, the theatre was the project of local developers and businessmen Nick Mayo, Randolph Hale, and Cy Warner, who intended it to be the first professional performing arts center in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1980, the theatre was sold to and became a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall. When the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ membership outgrew the size of the building in 2004, they sold the property to a local developer who planned on demolishing the theatre to build housing and retail stores on the property.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection consists of forty-six silver gelatin photographs taken by Underhill, as well as documentation of the theater designed by Hawkins and Lindsey, Architects. Photographer Larry Underhill was hired by the Los Angeles Conservancy to take photographs of the Valley Music Theatre immediately prior to its demolition in 2006.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Larry Underhill

Related Materials: Nick and Faye Mayo Valley Music Theatre, Inc. Collection

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall, Jennifer Dandurand, 2008

Finding Aid Revision History: Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


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Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Index of photographsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Exterior elevation plan and site mapSave to your list.
Folder 3: East elevation looking southwestSave to your list.
Folder 4: North elevation looking southSave to your list.
Folder 5: North elevation with light pole, looking southSave to your list.
Folder 6: East elevation lobby view, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 7: East elevation lobby view, closer, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 8: East elevation lobby view with steps, horizontalSave to your list.
Folder 9: East elevation lobby view with steps, verticalSave to your list.
Folder 10: East elevation lobby view with steps, vertical, closerSave to your list.
Folder 11: East elevation lobby view with steps, horizontal, closerSave to your list.
Folder 12: East elevation lobby view with steps, horizontal, closerSave to your list.
Folder 13: East elevation lobby shell, afternoon, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 14: East elevation lobby shell, late afternoon, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 15: North elevation lobby shell, looking southSave to your list.
Folder 16: West elevation lobby view with steps, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 17: West elevation lobby shell, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 18: Inside lobby shell, looking northwestSave to your list.
Folder 19: Inside lobby shell, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 20: Inside lobby shell with concession area, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 21: Inside lobby, main entrance doors, looking southSave to your list.
Folder 22: Inside theatre shell toward main entrance doors, looking northSave to your list.
Folder 23: Inside theatre looking through control room window, northSave to your list.
Folder 24: Inside theatre looking through sound booth window, northSave to your list.
Folder 25: Inside theatre, detail of stage and lighting drop, looking northSave to your list.
Folder 26: Inside, long view, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 27: Inside, long view, looking south toward sound boothSave to your list.
Folder 28: Inside, long view, looking south, with ceiling lightsSave to your list.
Folder 29: Inside, long view, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 30: Detail of women's restroom entrance, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 31: Exterior exit #7, detail, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 32: West elevation with exit #7 (left view), looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 33: West elevation with exit #7 (right view), looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 34: West elevation detail with exit #7, looking southSave to your list.
Folder 35: South elevation from parking lot, looking northSave to your list.
Folder 36: South elevation from parking lot, looking north (left view)Save to your list.
Folder 37: South elevation from parking lot, looking north (right view)Save to your list.
Folder 38: Shell detail, service feed, looking northSave to your list.
Folder 39: Light pole from parking lot, looking northSave to your list.
Folder 40: South elevation with satellite building roof, looking north with more skySave to your list.
Folder 41: South elevation with satellite building room, looking northSave to your list.
Folder 42: Theatre shell and satellite building detail, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 43: Inside satellite building, looking through windows, westSave to your list.
Folder 44: Inside satellite building hallway, looking eastSave to your list.
Folder 45: Satellite building and shell, exit #4, detail, looking southSave to your list.
Folder 46: East elevation with exit #3Save to your list.
Folder 47: Masonry detail, exit #2, looking westSave to your list.
Folder 48: Masonry detail, side view exit #2, looking southeastSave to your list.

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