Sadly, this past May, photographer Theo Ehret passed away at the ripe age of 92. For almost 20 years, Theo was the staff photographer at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, a massive concrete sports arena in downtown Los Angeles. During his tenure, Theo documented all of the mayhem of the boxing matches and the professional wrestling that went on inside the walls of the Olympic. While it is very sad that the world has lost Theo and his signature Rolleiflex camera, the man sure saw a lot of wild stuff in his lifetime.
A week from today, Geneva Sound Systems and 722 Figueroa will present The Grand Olympic: The Photography of Theo Ehret at the historic Kim Sing Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will feature much of Theo’s work from his time at the Olympic Auditorium, full of wrestling midgets and scantily clad women, as well as sports legends like Muhammad Ali and Andre the Giant. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it. If you’re not, check out the images above and contemplate a trip to sunny California.