One of the treasures of the Archives and Museum Collections is the oil painting of the Roxy Theatre (New York City) from the Ben M. Hall Collection. This large oil on board painting is a rendering by the Rambusch Decorating Company of their proposed concept for the Roxy Theatre (architect, Walter W. Ahlschlager of Chicago). The Jewish Museum of Vienna has requested the loan of the painting for their upcoming exhibit “LARGER THAN LIFE: A Century of Hollywood.” THS has agreed to the loan and the painting and it will be on display October 19, 2011 through April 15, 2012 at the Palais Eskeles located at Dorotheergasse 11, 1010, Vienna, Austria.
However, prior to its loan, the painting has been sent to a professional paintings conservator for restoration. Paintings need care to keep them looking their best for the longest possible time. The natural aging of the painting and the buildup of dirt over the years needs the care of a trained paintings conservator. The conservator will clean and make necessary repairs to the Roxy Theatre painting as well as some minor changes to the frame.