Theater owner and operator Theodore "Ted" Morris died at his Ventura home March 22. He was 81.
Morris was born Aug. 12, 1914, in Denver. He was a 20-year resident of Santa Barbara before moving to Ventura two years ago.
Morris started his career working at MGM as a messenger boy for Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer, before moving into that company's accounting department. While working for MGM, Morris met Ruth, his wife of 56 years.
Morris moved from working with the film studio to managing local theaters in Culver City. During that time he and his family lived in Westwood Village, where they raised four children. While there, Morris also worked for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency's Bunker Hill Project. Former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty recognized him for his service during that time.