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Guide to the Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection, 2006
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection
    Bulk Dates: 2006
    Identification: URB/VMT
    Creator: Underhill, Larry
    Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    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 Information:

    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.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall, Jennifer Dandurand, 2008

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open to research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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    Scope and Contents

    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.