Forbstein, Leo (F.)
- Warren M. Sherk
(b St. Louis, MO, Oct 16, 1892; d Los Angeles Mar 16, 1948). American music director, conductor, and violinist. Musically educated by his mother and at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, he was a violinist in theatre orchestras when he came to the attention of owner Frank L. Newman. Forbstein was appointed music director for Newman’s Theatre Royal in Kansas City as early as 1915. When the Newman Theater opened in that city in 1919, Forbstein became the director of the Newman Concert Orchestra. He arrived in Los Angeles in 1925 to lead Newman’s Metropolitan Theater. Moving to Sid Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in 1926 he compiled and conducted scores for Sparrows and The Black Pirate. Later that year he became the pit conductor at Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater. His long association with Warner Bros. began in 1928 when he conducted at their namesake downtown theatre when the company was acquiring First National. This led to his appointment in ...