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Finding Aid of the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Ranjanabh Bahukhandi, 2010

Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Richardson, Robert B.
Title
Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater
Collection no.
0242
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1930-1990
Date [inclusive]
1896-1991
Extent
12.5 Linear feet, 10 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of the research files on Los Angeles and Southern California theaters compiled by Robert Richardson. The focus of the files, which contain clippings, statistics, and ephemera, is the physical venues themselves (the theaters).

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater, Collection no. 0242, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Note

Robert Richardson created the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater to document the history of both the theaters and the theater in Southern California.

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Scope and Content

This collection originally consisted of 193 binders created by Robert Richardson. The contents have been removed from the binders and foldered; however, the folders retain the original order and titles of the binders. This collection provides information about Southern California's stage theaters, theater companies (including those in San Diego), and actors. Most files consist of newspaper clippings printed from the microfilm of local papers and industry publications on a specific topic or theater. Some contain original newspaper clippings, correspondence pertaining to Richardson's research, and advertising material from theaters. Also included are Richardson's compilations of theater statistics, lists, and data sheets on particular topics. The theaters represented include the Belasco Theater, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Mason Opera House, the Mason Theater, the Mayan Theater, the Music Box Theater, the Ahmanson Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Las Palmas Theater, the Biltmore Theater, and the La Jolla Playhouse.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition

The Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater was compiled and donated to USC by Robert Richardson.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings
  • Ephemera

Geographic Name(s)

  • California, Southern--History--Archival resources
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Richardson, Robert B. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Actors--California, Southern--Archival resources
  • Actors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Performing arts--California, Southern--Archival resources
  • Performing arts--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Theater--California, Southern--Archival resources
  • Theater--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Theaters--California, Southern--Archival resources
  • Theaters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Other Finding Aids

A detailed paper file list is available on-site.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Long Runs in Los Angeles 

1 1

 Openings/Weekly Analysis [MISSING], 1970 - 1989 

1 2

 Who's Who 

1 3

 Broadway Facts, Records and History 

1 4

 Close Theaters/Equity Waiver 

1 5

 Equity 

1 6

 Production History 

1 7

 Stage Week/Current 

1 8-9

 Broadway Reviews/ Variety 

1 10

 Broadway Ballyhoo 

1 11

 Tony Awards 

1 12

 Awards 

1 13

 Lists of Los Angeles Drama Critics Reviews 

1 14

 Openings/Annual Listings by Theaters, 1920 - 1929 

1 15

 Index to Plays, 1920- 

1 16

 Openings/Weekly Analysis, 1910 - 1939 

1 17

 Los Angeles Legit Grosses 

1 18

 Plays Attended A-L 

2 19

 Plays Attended M-Z 

2 20

 Los Angeles Theater Directory, 1981 

2 21

 Inside Hollywood 

2 22

 Biographical Data 

2 23

 Road Show Receipts 

2 24

 Misc Reviews and Articles/Non-Los Angeles 

2 25

 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 

2 26

 Reviews/Plays and Musicals/Alphabetical by Title 

2 27

 Los Angeles Legit Grosses, 1978- 

2 28

 Who's Who 

2 29

 Theater in Los Angeles/General, 1921- 

2 30

 Chronology, News, etc., 1955-1974 

2 31

 Herald Examiner/Theater Notes 

2 32

 Obituaries 

2 33

 Calendar, 1946-1950 

2 34

 Stage News, Notes and Comments/Local 

2 35

 Biographies 

2 36

 Publications 

2 37

 Tab Shows 

3 38

 Los Angeles Stage Careers 

3 39

 Los Angeles Stage Debuts 

3 40

 Memorabilia and Nostalgia 

3 41

 Correspondence/Libraries, Newspapers, etc./contains unrelated material 

3 42

 Worth Reading Again/Misc./has unrelated material. 

3 43

 Federal Theater Project (WPA) 

3 44

 Film Theater Openings 

3 45

 Theater League Alliance 

3 46

 Legitimate Theater Guides/Directories/Description and Background 

3 47

 Production Lists by Theater 

3 48

 Research Folder/USC and Cal State Fullerton 

3 49

 Theater Building Biographies 

3 50

 The Chicago Scene 

3 51

 Chronology, News, etc., 1930-1954 

3 52

 Theater Programs Received 

3 53

 Films 

3 54

 Theater Directory/Work Papers, 1979 

3 55

 Long Beach/General 

3 56

 San Diego Theater 

3 57

 London 

3 58

 Production Histories/Various Theaters, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1911 

3 59

 Calendar/Current 

3 60

 Los Angeles Movie Houses/General Historical Articles 

3 61

 Equity/Contract Talks, Disputes, etc. 

3 62

 Los Angeles Times/Theater Listings/General, 1896-1899 

3 63

 Production Histories/Ahmanson, Carthay Circle, Center Theater, Los Angeles Theater, Solari Theater 

4 64

 Los Angeles Festival, 1987 

4 65

 Miscellaneous 

4 66

 Pantages/Current (EMPTY BINDER) 

4 67

 Openings/Weekly Analysis, 1940-1969 

4 68

 Vine Street Theater 

4 69

 Westwood Playhouse 

4 70

 Variety Arts Center 

4 71

 Valley Music Theater 

4 72

 Wiltern Theater (Western) 

4 73

 Westwood Playhouse 

4 74

 Wilshire Ebell Theater 

4 75

 Wilshire Theater 

4 76

 Zephyr Theater 

4 77

 American Conservatory Theater 

4 78

 Aquarius 

4 79

 Back Alley 

4 80

 Beaux Arts Theater 

4 81

 Belasco Theater, 1926-1929 

4 82

 Belasco Theater, 1930-1934 

5 83

 Belasco Theater, 1935- 

5 84

 Beverly Hills Playhouse 

5 85

 Biltmore Theater, 1924-1929 

5 86

 Biltmore Theater, 1930-1939 

5 87

 Biltmore Theater, 1940-1964 

5 88

 Burbank Theater 

5 89

 Callboard Theater 

5 90

 California Music Theater 

5 91

 Carousel 

5 92

 Carthay Circle 

5 93

 Cast Theater/History Henderson 

5 94

 Center Theater/Long Beach 

5 95

 Circle Theater 

5 96

 Civic Playhouse 

5 97

 Claremont Colleges/Colony Theater/Company of Angels/Gene Dynarski/East West 

5 98

 Dinner Theaters/Playhouses/Cabarets 

5 99

 Coast Playhouse/Catalina Productions 

5 100

 Colony Theater/Theater Forty 

5 101

 Coronet 

6 102

 Coronet Theater/Volume 2 

6 103

 Doolittle Theater 

6 104

 Ebony Showcase Theater 

6 105

 Egan Theater 

6 106

 Henry Fonda Theater 

6 107

 The Playhouse 

6 108

 Figueroa Playhouse 

6 109

 Gem/Globe Playhouse/Group Repertory/Grove Festival 

6 110

 Le Grand Theater/Lindy Opera House 

6 111

 Greek Theater 

6 112

 Hollywood Bowl 

6 113

 Hollywood Center Theater 

6 114

 Hollywood Playhouse/Original New 

6 115

 Huntington Hartford Theater, 1950-1969 

6 116

 Huntington Hartford Theater, 1970-1975 

6 117

 Huntington Hartford Theater 

6 118

 Huntington Hartford Theater/Misc 

6 119

 Ivar 

6 120

 La Jolla Playhouse 

6 121

 La Jolla Playhouse, 1982- 

6 122

 La Mirada Civic Theater 

7 123

 Laguna Playhouse 

7 124

 Las Palmas Theater, 1930-1949 

7 125

 Las Palmas Theater, 1950-1969 

7 126

 Long Beach Civic Light Opera 

7 128

 Las Palmas Theater/Volume 2 

7 127

 Long Beach Civic Light Opera, before 1970 

7 129

 Long Beach Civic Light Opera, 1970-1977 

7 130

 Long Beach Civic Light Opera, 1980-1989 

7 131

 Long Beach Civic Light Opera, 1982-1984 

7 132

 Long Beach (Inner City Cultural Center) 

7 133

 Majestic 

7 135

 Mason Opera House, 1926-1928 

7 136

 Mason Theater, 1925-1928 

7 137

 Mason Theater, 1929-1957 

8 138

 Matrix 

8 139

 Mayan Theater, 1930-1939 

8 140

 Mayan Theater, 1927-1929 

8 141

 Mayan Theater, 1940- 

8 142

 Mayfair Theater (Playhouse) 

8 143

 Melodyland 

8 144

 Melrose Theater 

8 145

 Mission Playhouse/Pilgrimage Bowl/Theater 

8 146

 Morosco Theater/Oliver Morosco 

8 147

 Musart Theater 

8 148

 Music Box Theater, 1926-1930 

8 149

 Music Box Theater, 1931-1945 

8 150

 Music Box Theater, 1955-1965 

8 151

 Music Center/General 

8 152

 Ahmanson Theater/General 

8 153

 Ahmanson Theater/Gross Receipts, Honors, misc 

8 154

 Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theater, before September 1979 

8 155

 Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theater, 1979-1981 

8 156

 Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theater/Current 

8 157

 Dorothy Chandler Pavillion/Mark Taper Forum/General 

9 158

 Mark Taper Forum/Notes/Work Papers 

9 159

 New Theater For Now/Improvisational Theater Project 

9 160

 Taper, Tco 

9 161

 Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum 1966-1977 

9 162

 Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum 1977-1989 

9 163

 Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum 1980-1983 

9 164

 Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum 1983-1986 

9 165

 Mark Taper Forum 

9 166

 Mark Taper Forum 

9 167

 Odyssey Theater 

9 168

 Orange County Performing Arts Center 

9 169

 Orange Grove Theater 

9 170

 Pasadena Civic Auditorium 

9 171

 Pasadena Playhouse 

9 172

 Pasadena Playhouse 

9 173

 Pasadena Playhouse #2 

10 174

 Phiharmonic Auditorium/Volume 1 

10 175

 Philharmonic Auditorium/Volume 2 

10 176

 Players Ring Gallery/Players Ring Theater 

10 177

 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium/Santa Monica Playhouse 

10 178

 Shrine Auditorium 

10 179

 South Coast Repertory 

10 180

 South Coast Repertory, 1960-1982 

10 181

 Shubert Archive 

10 182

 Shubert 

10 183

 Shubert Theater 

10 184

 Stage Society 

10 185

 Terrace Theater 

10 186

 Theater Group (UCLA) 

10 187

 Theater West 

10 188

 Tiffany Theater 

10 189

 USC 

10 190

 UCLA 

10 191

 Mason Opera House, 1903-1921 

10 192

 Theater in Los Angeles, before 1900 to 1920 

10 193

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