Theatre Vanguard records

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2014

Descriptive Summary

Title: Theatre Vanguard records
Date (inclusive): 1971-1979
Collection number: 37
Creator: Theatre Vanguard
Extent: 4.5 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Theatre Vanguard records, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Douglas Edwards, 1986


Theatre Vanguard was an American exhibition venue in operation from 1973 to 1978. Theatre Vanguard ran a small, nonprofit center for performing and media arts in Los Angeles that focused on independent, avant- garde and/or noncommercial endeavors in film, music, dance, theater, poetry, and performance art.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Theatre Vanguard records span the years 1971-1979 and encompass 4.5 linear feet. The collection contains organization files, maintained by administrator Douglas Edwards, on independent and experimental films screened at the theater, including correspondence, programs, press releases, clippings and reviews, and grant applications. The correspondence files contain information from the filmmakers, including biographies, filmographies, flyers, film synopses, pictorial material, and photographs. Filmex files from 1975 to 1978 document the selection of films for the annual festival held in Los Angeles. The Filmex files contain correspondence, memoranda, press releases, press clippings, and programs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Subject files.

Indexing Terms

Theatre Vanguard
exhibition venues