Guide to the Valley Music Theatre Photograph Collection, 2006

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Related Materials:

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.

Collection Contents

 

Box 1

Folder 1

Index of photographs

Folder 2

Exterior elevation plan and site map

Folder 3

East elevation looking southwest

Folder 4

North elevation looking south

Folder 5

North elevation with light pole, looking south

Folder 6

East elevation lobby view, looking west

Folder 7

East elevation lobby view, closer, looking west

Folder 8

East elevation lobby view with steps, horizontal

Folder 9

East elevation lobby view with steps, vertical

Folder 10

East elevation lobby view with steps, vertical, closer

Folder 11

East elevation lobby view with steps, horizontal, closer

Folder 12

East elevation lobby view with steps, horizontal, closer

Folder 13

East elevation lobby shell, afternoon, looking west

Folder 14

East elevation lobby shell, late afternoon, looking west

Folder 15

North elevation lobby shell, looking south

Folder 16

West elevation lobby view with steps, looking east

Folder 17

West elevation lobby shell, looking east

Folder 18

Inside lobby shell, looking northwest

Folder 19

Inside lobby shell, looking east

Folder 20

Inside lobby shell with concession area, looking east

Folder 21

Inside lobby, main entrance doors, looking south

Folder 22

Inside theatre shell toward main entrance doors, looking north

Folder 23

Inside theatre looking through control room window, north

Folder 24

Inside theatre looking through sound booth window, north

Folder 25

Inside theatre, detail of stage and lighting drop, looking north

Folder 26

Inside, long view, looking east

Folder 27

Inside, long view, looking south toward sound booth

Folder 28

Inside, long view, looking south, with ceiling lights

Folder 29

Inside, long view, looking west

Folder 30

Detail of women's restroom entrance, looking west

Folder 31

Exterior exit #7, detail, looking east

Folder 32

West elevation with exit #7 (left view), looking east

Folder 33

West elevation with exit #7 (right view), looking east

Folder 34

West elevation detail with exit #7, looking south

Folder 35

South elevation from parking lot, looking north

Folder 36

South elevation from parking lot, looking north (left view)

Folder 37

South elevation from parking lot, looking north (right view)

Folder 38

Shell detail, service feed, looking north

Folder 39

Light pole from parking lot, looking north

Folder 40

South elevation with satellite building roof, looking north with more sky

Folder 41

South elevation with satellite building room, looking north

Folder 42

Theatre shell and satellite building detail, looking east

Folder 43

Inside satellite building, looking through windows, west

Folder 44

Inside satellite building hallway, looking east

Folder 45

Satellite building and shell, exit #4, detail, looking south

Folder 46

East elevation with exit #3

Folder 47

Masonry detail, exit #2, looking west

Folder 48

Masonry detail, side view exit #2, looking southeast