Getting by with a little help from these Friends.



In the past two years, The Hollywood Heritage Museum has been the beneficiary of generous donations from the estates of long-time members who were great friends of the museum.


Marty Kearns was a Hollywood Heritage member from 1986 forward. Marty was also with the Silent Society who screened films at the museum starting the same year and continues to present the Summer films at the Paramount Ranch. Marty participated in the many collectible paper shows sponsored by the museum and in the Cinecon events. He was also a donor of artifacts to the museum throughout the years.

As an avid movie fan of all genres, Marty had amassed a collection of dvd's that would rival the finest media outlet you can imagine. From rare foreign titles to every reissue of "The Wizard of Oz," Marty had it all. Marty's most unusual and rare titles will be part of the museum's permanent collection, managed by the Cinecon Committee of Hollywood Heritage under the management of Cinecon officials who are also Hollywood Heritage Board members, Stan Taffel and Bryan Cooper.

His Kay Francis memorabilia and his wonderful collection of home and children's projectors will also remain as part of the Museum's permanent collection noted as from the Marty Kearns Collection.

Richard Nederhauser, shown at right with action star Chuck Norris, was a projectionist who eventually became an executive in charge of maintaining and upgrading equipment for the chain of Metropolitan Theatres in Los Angeles such as the Los Angeles, The Orpheum and others. He maintained a collection of films and artifacts which he loaned to institutions all over the Southland and had visitors into his Palm Springs home to view. Richard saved seats from theatres all over California including the Wiltern, the Orpheum, the Los Angeles and several theatres in San Francisco and Palm Springs. His theatre seatine collection is on display at the museum along with his restored 1920's Simplex projector, which he updated and continued to use to share his film collection with friends and family.


Both of these gentlemen donated their collections to The Hollywood Heritage Museum in their wills. The most significant items in their collections are now part of the permanent collection of the museum including photos, posters, autographed material, projectors and ephemera.

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Hollywood Heritage Museum (Lasky-DeMille Barn) Time Line
(State of California Registered Landmark #554--Hollywood's First Major Film Company Studio)
Timeline compiled by Marc Wanamaker / museum historian
*Click the arrows in the top right corner of the time line to move backwards and forwards between slides.