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Rare photos from wrestling's chair-in-the-face heyday

  • 16 November 2012

Because your Andre the Giant sightings shouldn't be confined to "Princess Bride" reruns, there's this:

Introducing the Theo Ehret Collection — a suplex-sized exhibit of vintage smackdown photos, all snapped during wrestling's chair-to-the-face formative years at The Grand Olympic Auditorium, on display (and for sale) for a very limited time at 722 Figueroa in Chinatown.

Theo Ehret

This is a solid guys' night out detour, or date potential if your lady carries a flame for muscled men in underoos (respect!).

About Theo Ehret: from 1960-1980, he was the Grand Olympic Auditorium’s sole photographer, and he chronicled the formative years of wrestling, a time of riot-inducing bouts and bloody theatrics.

Theo Ehret

He also snapped pics of world-famous boxers, including Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, ringside color commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler, and lucha libre don, Mill Mascaras.

As for the Olympic, it was originally built for the 1932 Olympic Games. It’s where Stallone filmed "Rocky" and where Rage Against the Machine banged its last dyspeptic note.

The exhibit runs through the 30th at the Kim Sing Theater, which is also home to the exhibitor, 722 Figueroa, and their boxing school, Strong Sports Gym. All you need to do is schedule an appointment.

Get the picture?

To see samples of the collection, check out our gallery.

The Specifics

Theo Ehret: The Grand Olympic

at Kim Sing Theater
718 North Figueroa Street
Through Nov. 30th
By appointment b/t 2-5pm
(213) 620-9971
From $1,500-3,500

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