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H. L. Gumbiner collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2382

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondences, drawings, articles, photographs, and the business dealings of the Los Angeles Theatre, the Tower Theatre, and the Cameo Theatre. These theatres were all once owned by H. L. Gumbiner. These items detail the receipts and costs of running the theatres as well as the refurbishment of them. There are also architectural plans, drawings, and cost estimates. Photographs and drawings show the theatres entrances. The newspaper articles talk about the theatres opening.

Dates

  • 1912 - 1990

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

H. L. Gumbiner was an independent exhibitor from Chicago who moved to Los Angeles in the early 1920′s. He acquired two theatres on Broadway, the Cameo, and the Garrick. The second of which he tore down to build the Tower Theatre in 1927. The Tower Theatre was the first built in Southern California for the talkies and the first to be air-conditioned. Gumbiner opened the Los Angeles Theatre in 1931. Gumbiner eventually went bankrupt due to not being able to compete with big theatres owned by the movie studios.

Extent

9.063 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection consists of correspondences, drawings, articles, photographs, and the business dealings of the Los Angeles Theatre, the Tower Theatre, and the Cameo Theatre. These theatres were all once owned by H. L. Gumbiner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Brenda Freiberg, November 31, 2003.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Source

Creator

Title
Finding aid for the H. L. Gumbiner collection
Status
Unprocessed
Author
Marissa Chavez for History Associates Incorporated
Date
2022 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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