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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1997
A Superior Court judge sided with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday in a skirmish over the contents of the boarded-up Ebony Showcase Theater, which served as an important forum for African American actors. Charging that the CRA is about to discard important memorabilia from the Mid-City theater on Washington Boulevard, Ebony's founder and former owner, Nick Stewart, sought a restraining order from the court. In a hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Irving S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2000
There is an area of actor Nick Stewart's life which was not in your Dec. 21 obituary only because he and his family did not publicize it. In the 1980s the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office decided to upgrade the places where precinct officers were trained to run elections. We were assigned the job of finding these new locations. One of our first stops was at the Ebony Showcase Theater, where Nick, his daughter Valerie and the family welcomed us with open arms and offered their theater for nine- to 13-hour days while we taught election classes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nick Stewart, the comic actor who played Lightnin' on "Amos 'n' Andy" and the voice of Br'er Bear in Disney's animated "Song of the South" and its Splash Mountain ride and who founded Los Angeles' Ebony Showcase Theater, has died. He was 90. Stewart died Monday at the home of his son Christopher, his family said. Christopher and his sister, Valarie, said their father lost his will to live after his beloved Ebony theater was foreclosed in 1996 and razed in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nick Stewart, the comic actor who played Lightnin' on "Amos 'n' Andy" and the voice of Br'er Bear in Disney's animated "Song of the South" and its Splash Mountain ride and who founded Los Angeles' Ebony Showcase Theater, has died. He was 90. Stewart died Monday at the home of his son Christopher, his family said. Christopher and his sister, Valarie, said their father lost his will to live after his beloved Ebony theater was foreclosed in 1996 and razed in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2000
There is an area of actor Nick Stewart's life which was not in your Dec. 21 obituary only because he and his family did not publicize it. In the 1980s the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office decided to upgrade the places where precinct officers were trained to run elections. We were assigned the job of finding these new locations. One of our first stops was at the Ebony Showcase Theater, where Nick, his daughter Valerie and the family welcomed us with open arms and offered their theater for nine- to 13-hour days while we taught election classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were handshakes, broad smiles and warm words Monday at the groundbreaking in Los Angeles' Mid-City district for a new $8-million performing arts center on the site of the historic Ebony Showcase Theater, but not everyone shared in the joy. Nick Stewart, who with his wife, Edna, founded the Ebony Showcase, which he said was the first theater for African American performers in the city, held placards decrying the new arts center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1993 | EDWARD J. BOYER
As the drawling, shuffling, dimwitted Lightnin' on the "Amos 'n' Andy" television show in the early 1950s, Nick Stewart was part of a cast that officials at the NAACP's national headquarters wanted taken off the air. But for Stewart, Lightnin' was a means to an end. "I was Lightnin' by day, but I put on serious black theater by night," he said. And in December, nearly 40 years after "Amos 'n' Andy" was canceled, the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the National Assn.
NEWS
February 7, 1990
Actor Joel Fluellen, who protested black stereotyping in Hollywood and played supporting roles in several films, among them "The Jackie Robinson Story," "Friendly Persuasion," "Porgy and Bess" and "The Great White Hope," is dead, an apparent suicide. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Bob Dambacher said Monday that an autopsy showed Fluellen died from a gunshot wound to the head. There evidently was no suicide note, Dambacher added. Police found his body Friday at his Los Angeles home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2000
A memorial service for Nick Stewart, the comic actor who co-founded the Ebony Showcase Theater in Los Angeles, will be held this morning at 10:45 at the Agape Church, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, (310) 348-1250. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ebony Showcase Theater and Cultural Arts Center Inc., 1285 S. La Brea Ave., Suite 203, Los Angeles, CA 90019.
NEWS
November 28, 1993
The Country Club Park Neighborhood Assn. will celebrate the holiday season with music and a champagne buffet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Ebony Showcase Theater, 4720 Washington Blvd. Anthony Thomas, Mayor Richard Riordan's representative for the 10th City Council District, will speak at the event. Tickets are $10 for association members and $13 for others. Reservations: (213) 737-1066 or (213) 893-7039.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were handshakes, broad smiles and warm words Monday at the groundbreaking in Los Angeles' Mid-City district for a new $8-million performing arts center on the site of the historic Ebony Showcase Theater, but not everyone shared in the joy. Nick Stewart, who with his wife, Edna, founded the Ebony Showcase, which he said was the first theater for African American performers in the city, held placards decrying the new arts center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1997
A Superior Court judge sided with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday in a skirmish over the contents of the boarded-up Ebony Showcase Theater, which served as an important forum for African American actors. Charging that the CRA is about to discard important memorabilia from the Mid-City theater on Washington Boulevard, Ebony's founder and former owner, Nick Stewart, sought a restraining order from the court. In a hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Irving S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1993 | EDWARD J. BOYER
As the drawling, shuffling, dimwitted Lightnin' on the "Amos 'n' Andy" television show in the early 1950s, Nick Stewart was part of a cast that officials at the NAACP's national headquarters wanted taken off the air. But for Stewart, Lightnin' was a means to an end. "I was Lightnin' by day, but I put on serious black theater by night," he said. And in December, nearly 40 years after "Amos 'n' Andy" was canceled, the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the National Assn.
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July 2, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.
Changing Hands: In a foreclosure sale, the title on the historic Ebony Showcase Theater on West Washington Boulevard has been transferred from its debt-strapped founders Nick and Edna Stewart to a loan company headed by Martin Mayerfeld. A spokesman for Mayerfeld said, "We have no immediate plans. We are open for suggestions." The Ebony Showcase company remains housed in the building, and efforts to buy back the structure are under way.
SPORTS
December 7, 1990
The first Los Angeles Black Sports Hall of Fame awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ebony Showcase Theater. Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues, heads a group of five sports figures from Southern California who will be inducted.
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