The Laemmle Theatres theater chain was started in 1938 by brothers Max and Kurt Laemmle. The collection consists of hand written
booking sheets, box office grosses, and payroll receipts; office files, and promotional material for Laemmle Theatre showings
The Laemmle Theatres theater chain was started in 1938 by brothers Max and Kurt Laemmle. The business originally consisted
of two theaters in the Highland Park area, eventually growing to include five neighborhood movie theaters. The popularity
of television had a major impact on the business and caused the chain to shrink to a single house, the Los Feliz Theatre;
ultimately leading to the departure of Kurt Laemmle. In the 1960s, Max Laemmle's son, Robert Laemmle joined the business.
Through unique programming the Laemmle Theatres worked to create a greater art-film awareness in the Los Angeles area, specializing
in art films, foreign films, and other independent fare. Over the years they expanded their chain to include additional Los
Angeles area locations including Pasadena, Westwood, Santa Monica, the San Fernando Valley, and the downtown Los Angeles central
business district. The cultural contributions of Laemmle Theatres have been acknowledged by awards from the Los Angeles Film
Critics Association and the Independent Film Project. In 1988, Gregory Laemmle joined the company, bringing a third generation
of Laemmles to the operation.
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