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Established in 1950 By Nick and Edna Stewart


The Briar Patch

Everybody's Got a Laughin' Place

Brer Rabbit Runs Away

Pioneers Nick Stewart and his wife, Edna, founded the Ebony Showcase Theatre in 1950. Nick is remembered as the voice of Brer Bear in Walt Disney's Song of the South and the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland, Lightnin' on the Amos 'n' Andy TV show, Willie, the guide in Ramar of the Jungle, Dink in Carmen Jones, and more. Nick was a dancer, comedian, and actor, and was a featured performer in vaudeville, radio, stage, motion pictures, and television.

The Ebony Showcase Theatre and Cultural Arts Workshop, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit charity that has helped thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds from 1950 to the present.

Although the theater buildings were taken in eminent domain and demolished in 1998 by the Community Redevelopment Agency which claimed that the buildings suffered extensive earthquake damage, the Ebony Showcase transformed, adapted, and did not close. Instead, we continued to provide entertainment, resources, and services on the internet.



Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper "Imitation of Life," died Jan. 1. ...Ms. Moore was the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Oscar...Ms. Moore also had an active career in the theater, starting at Los Angeles's Ebony Showcase Theatre in the early 1950s, a leading black-run theater..."The creative arts put a person on another level," she told the Los Angeles Times. "That's why we need to bring our youngsters into the theater."

Associated Press 01/01/2014

We are now a component of the Academy of the Arts housed at the United University Church on the campus of USC.


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With your support we will provide SCHOLARSHIPS in Acting, Dance, Music, and Art for Children and thereby provide a channel for positive self-expression. Children will be trained on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) at the United University Church (USC was founded by The United University Church.).

You will make a difference in a child's life when you buy from our online stores, support our advertisers, contribute items, money, or time. Keep Nick and Edna Stewart's legacy alive through enabling us to provide free training in the Arts for children. Comparative training costs thousands of dollars elsewhere.

All contributions are tax-deductible. Please lend your support to our project: We have an immediate need to raise at least $50,000, seed money, to hire more teachers, to purchase books, computers and equipment for our Internet Broadcasting World Component, for office rental and maintenance, fuel and transportation costs for field trips and meetings, office supplies such as toner, DVDs, CDs, Paper for flyers to distribute, and miscellaneous costs.


We are a historic 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Please support our efforts to maintain our Legacy. Visit our online stores and our ticket site and please read this page to find out other ways to help us.

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A Word From Valarie Stewart: The Ebony Showcase Theatre is a 501(c)(3) award-winning non profit organization founded in 1950 by my parents, Nick and Edna Stewart. My father was an early pioneer in vaudeville, radio, stage, movies, and television. He is remembered as the voice of Brer Bear in Disney's animated movie, Song of the South (1946) and Disneyland's Splash Mountain Ride, and Lightnin' on the Amos 'n Andy TV show; but he did much more than that. My purpose here is to raise awareness and to restore my parent's true legacy.

All of the white buildings shown in this photo were a part of the theater complex. The entire complex that had housed our organization, including a house not shown in the picture, was taken in eminent domain by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. The theater ediface was demolished in 1998, the rest of he complex was demolished, building-by-building. Redevelopment and its abuses were abolished by Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Supreme Court and officially ended in 2012, too late to save our buildings.

Contrary to propaganda on the internet and elsewhere, we have absolutely no affiliation with the City-owned Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, nor with the Ebony Repertory Theater that is housed there. They are often confused with our organization because their theater was built where our buildings once stood.

Thank you to everyone who helped us in the past. Your contributions were not in vain. We were able to transform into an internet business where we continued to provide quality entertainment through our MailOrder MovieHouse Project where we sell classic movies and vintage TV shows, such as silent and talkie movies, documentaries, rare and hard-to-find classics, etc., that provide both entertainment and education; and through our People Need to Know Project where we tell about special internet offers, present and address important issues to tell the other side of the story. Our motto is " Education, Artistic and Cultural Enrichment, through Entertainment. " We are now enrolling young people for our Internet Broadcasting World Project where we train young people at the campus of a nearby university. We need your encouragement and support. We welcome your ideas. This is a monumental task that I cannot do alone. If you are a fan of my parent's work, and if my father entertained you, please click the Wish List link to find out how you can help continue their goals and honor their legacy. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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