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Finding Aid for the Laemmle Theatres records, ca. 1960s-2000
PASC 345  
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Description
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 and event.
Background
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.
Extent
10 linear ft. (20 boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.