East Los Angeles Theatres



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This East Los Angeles Theatres page continues to
expand as more data and photos surface.


I'm amazed that there aren't more pictures of
 some of these theatres. If you have any in the attic or
 know of sources online that we can link to,
 please let me know.

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    East LA Theatres Street by Street   



    E. 1st St.   


  Aliso Theatre
 1520 E. 1st St.
Boyle Heights

  Joy Theatre
2014 E. 1st St.
Boyle Heights

  Meralta Theatre
2035 E. 1st St.
Boyle Heights

  The Nickelodeon
  2129 E. 1st St.
Boyle Heights

  Unique Theatre
3645 E. 1st St.
East Los Angeles

  Colonial Theatre
  3915 E. 1st St.
East Los Angeles

  Bijou Theatre
  4006 E. 1st St.
East Los Angeles

Unique Theatre
  4007 1/2 E. 1st St.
East Los Angeles





    Anaheim Rd.   

See the listings for
Telegraph Rd.
-- it got renamed.



    Brooklyn Ave.   

See the listings for
Cesar Chavez Ave.
-- it got renamed.



    Carmelita Ave.   


  Aztec Theatre
  250 N. Carmelita Ave.
East Los Angeles



    E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.   


  National Theatre
  2229 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Boyle Heights

Brooklyn Theatre
  2524 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Boyle Heights


    City Terrace Dr.   


   City Terrace Cinema
  3945 City Terrace Dr.
City Terrace -- LA County


    Ford Blvd.   


  Bonito Theatre

  410 N. Ford Blvd.
Belvedere / East LA



    Goodrich Blvd.   


Regency Commerce 14
  950 Goodrich Blvd. @ Whittier
City of Commerce



    Montebello Blvd.   


AMC Montebello 10
1475 N. Montebello Blvd.
Montebello



    E. Olympic Blvd.   


Vern Theatre
2811 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles




    Telegraph Rd.   


Garden Theatre
  4483 - 4511 Telegraph Rd.
Belvedere Gardens



    Wabash Ave.   


Wabash Theatre
3014 Wabash Ave.
Boyle Heights / City Terrace



    Whittier Blvd.   


Monterey Theatre
2312 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles

Crystal Theatre
2806 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles

Euclid Theatre
3021 / 3029 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles

Family Theatre
3814 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles

Jewel Theatre
3817 / 3829 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Bell's Theatre
3878 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Ivy Theatre
3937 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Strand Theatre
4232 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Boulevard Theatre

4549 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Center Theatre
4762 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Royale Theatre
  5123 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

United Artists
5136 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Golden Gate Theatre
5176 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Red Mill Theatre
  5215 1/2 Whittier Blvd.
East Los Angeles

Regency Commerce 14
  950 Goodrich Blvd. @ Whittier
City of Commerce

Garmar Theatre
2325 W. Whittier Blvd.
Montebello


Vogue Theatre
712 W. Whittier Blvd.
Montebello


Cameo Theatre
Montebello

Star Theatre
Montebello

Whittier







    Alternate Name Directory    


Alameda -- see United Artists  5136 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Aliso Theatre   1520 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

AMC Montebello 10   1475 N. Montebello Blvd.  Montebello

Athens Theatre -- see The Nickelodeon  2129 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

Aztec Theatre   250 N. Carmelita Ave.   East Los Angeles

Azteca -- see Meralta Theatre   2035 E. 1st St.  Boyle Heights

Barata, La -- see Brooklyn   2524 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

Bell's Theatre  3878 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Bijou Theatre   4006 E. 1st St.  East Los Angeles

Blanquita -- see Monterey Theatre   2312 Whittier Blvd.  Los Angeles

Bonito Theatre   410 N. Ford Blvd.  Belvedere / East LA

Boulevard Theatre  4549 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Brooklyn -- see National Theatre   2229 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

Brooklyn Theatre   2524 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

Cameo Theatre  Montebello

Center Theatre  4762 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

City Terrace Cinema  3945 City Terrace Dr.  City Terrace -- LA County

Colonial Theatre   3915 E. 1st St.  East Los Angeles

Commerce 4 or Commerce 7  950 Goodrich Blvd., City of Commerce
-- see Regency Commerce 14 

Commerce 14  950 Goodrich Blvd., City of Commerce

Crystal Theatre   2806 Whittier Blvd.  Los Angeles

Euclid Theatre   3021 / 3029 Whittier Blvd.  Los Angeles

Family Theatre   3814 Whittier Blvd.  Los Angeles

Garden Theatre   4483 - 4511 Telegraph Rd.  Belvedere Gardens

Garmar Theatre  2325 W. Whittier Blvd.   Montebello

Golden Gate Theatre  5176 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Ivy Theatre   3937 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Jewel Theatre  3817 / 3829 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Joy Theatre   2014 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

Keystone -- see Aliso Theatre   1520 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

La Barata -- see Brooklyn   2524 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

Library Theatre, New -- see  The Nickelodeon  2129 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

Lido -- see Brooklyn Theatre   2524 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

Link -- see Garden Theatre   4483 - 4511 Telegraph Rd.  Belvedere Gardens

Lyceum -- see Meralta Theatre   2035 E. 1st St.  Boyle Heights

Meralta Theatre   2035 E. 1st St.  Boyle Heights

Monterey Theatre   2312 Whittier Blvd.  Los Angeles

National Theatre   2229 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

New Boulevard - see Boulevard Theatre  4549 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

New Library Theatre -- see  The Nickelodeon  2129 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

New Lyceum
-- see Meralta Theatre   2035 E. 1st St.  Boyle Heights

New Poppy -- see National Theatre   2229 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

New Vogue -  see Vogue Theatre  712 W. Whittier Blvd.  Montebello

The Nickelodeon  2129 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

Olympus -- see Joy Theatre   2014 E. 1st St.   Boyle Heights

Pacific's Commerce 4, 7, 14  950 Goodrich Blvd., City of Commerce
-- see Regency Commerce 14 

Poppy -- see National Theatre   2229 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.  Boyle Heights

Puente Theatre -- see Star Theatre  145 N. 1st St.  La Puente

Red Mill Theatre  see Boulevard Theatre
4549 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Red Mill Theatre  5215 1/2 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles
see Boulevard Theatre 4549 Whittier Blvd.

Regency Commerce 14  950 Goodrich Blvd., City of Commerce

Royale Theatre   5123 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Star Theatre  3021 / 3029 Whittier Blvd.  -- see Euclid Theatre

Star Theatre  Montebello -- Cinema Tour lists one
but perhaps it's for the
La Puente Star

Strand Theatre   4232 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Swikard's Strand -- see Strand Theatre   4232 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Teatro Blanquita -- see Monterey Theatre   2312 Whittier Blvd.  Los Angeles

Teatro Boulevard -- see Boulevard Theatre  4549 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Terrace Theatre -- see City Terrace Cinema  3945 City Terrace Dr.  City Terrace

Unique Theatre   3645 E. 1st St.   East Los Angeles

Unique Theatre   4007 1/2 E. 1st St.   East Los Angeles

United Artists  5136 Whittier Blvd.  East Los Angeles

Vern Theatre  2811 E. Olympic Blvd.   Los Angeles

Vogue Theatre  712 W. Whittier Blvd.  Montebello

Wabash Theatre   3014 Wabash Ave.   Boyle Heights / City Terrace























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AMC Montebello 10

1475 N. Montebello Blvd.    | map |

Montebello, CA   90640

Opened: 1992     Website: www.amcentertainment.com/Montebello/

Seating: 3000+

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Montebello 10. Also see the Cinema Tour page for 5 photos.

Aliso Theatre

1520 E. 1st St.   | map

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles)  90033

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the 1914, 1915  and 1923 city directories as the Keystone Theatre, 1522 E. 1st St. In 1916 and 1917 the address is shown as 1522 E. 1st.

A 1914 ad promoted "Mutual Programs and Pacific Features." It was still called the Keystone as late as 1942.

Seating: 652

Status: Demolished. The closing date is unknown but it was evidently running into the mid 50s.

More Information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Aliso. Also see the 1914 ad posted by Vokoban on Flickr.


Aztec Theatre

250 N. Carmelita Ave.  | map

East Los Angeles, CA   90063

Status: Demolished. All I know is that it was listed in the 1929 city directory.

Bell's Theatre

3878 Whittier Blvd.   | map

East Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the 1914 city directory as a listing for "C F Bell" at 3878 Stephenson Ave -- later renamed Whittier Blvd.

For lack of a name we're temporarily calling it "Bell's Theatre."

Seating: Unknown      Status: Demolished.

Bijou Theatre

4006 E. 1st St.  | map

East Los Angeles, CA   90063

Dates:
It's listed in the 1916 through 1923 city directories.

Bonito Theatre

410 N. Ford Blvd. 
| map

East Los Angeles, CA   90022

The building dates from 1925. The operating dates as a theatre are not known but it was running at least from 1941 through 1952.

Seating: 700

Status: Remodeled -- it's now a print shop. The photo here is a 2007 view from Google Maps. Click on the image to enlarge or go to the interactive version on Google.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Bonito.

Boulevard Theatre

4549 Whittier Blvd.   | map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90022

Opened: The building has been a theatre since the 20s. It got a serious deco remodel in 1937.

It's also been known as the New Boulevard and the Teatro Boulevard.  Now due to it's current signage it's known as the Huggy Boy Church or the Huggy Boy Theatre.

The photo here is a 2009 view by Michelle Gerdes. Click to enlarge.

Architects:  Balch & Stanberry did the 1937 remodel.       Seating: 916

Status: Now a church.

More information:  See our page on the Boulevard Theatre.

Brooklyn Theatre

2524 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave. (Brooklyn Ave.)   | map |

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA   90033

Opened: 1926 as the Lido Theatre. In the 1929 city directory it's the Brooklyn.  Bill Gabel notes that the theatre was operated by Statewide Theatres, Century Cinemas and Metropolitan Theatres. In the early 90s as a swapmeet, the building was called La Barata.

Architect: Lewis A. Smith

Seating: 900

Status: Closed in 1989 and after a spell as a swap meet was demolished in 1998. It was intended to be the site of a transit station that never materialized. The land is still owned by the LACMTA.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Brooklyn for lots of memories of a great neighborhood movie house.  

    American Classic Images   

www.americanclassicimages.com


A 1983 look at the Brooklyn Theatre.
full size view

The photo above is also on Photos of Los Angeles.

    Boyle Heights History   

boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com



A 1926 look at the Brooklyn Theatre from this blog's article
about the the "Brooklyn Theatre's Mysterious Bombing." 
The photo comes from the Workman and Temple Family
 Homestead Museum in the City of Industry.
 full size on blogspot | on FB/LATheatres

The blast didn't do much to improve the neighborhood
but note the event that was on the marquee: "Brooklyn
Heights Improvement Ass'n Show."

    L.A. Public Library Collection   



A 1987 view of the theatre from the LAPL collection.
It's a Leo Jarzomb photo.  full size view

    Motion Picture News    

archive.org/search.php


On the Internet Archive is the Motion Picture News
issue of December 28, 1929. Section Two is the
"Theatre Building and Equipment Buyers Guide"
with the Brooklyn on a page featuring photos of
 Fox West Coast theatres that had been
decorated by Robert E. Power Studios.
the page  |  on FB/LAtheatres

    Scenepast    



Looking up N. Fickett toward Cesar Chavez Ave. in a shot
from Joel Schumacher's"Falling Down" (Warner Bros.,1993)
 with Michael Douglas and a similar recent image. Thanks to
Craig Bryan for posting this one on the Los Angeles Theatres
 Facebook page. Here in 1992 the theatre, then a swapmeet,
is called the La Barata.

Cameo Theatre

500 block W. Whittier Blvd. ?

Montebello, CA   90640

The 2 photos below popped out when I was searching the LAPL photo collection for theatres on Whittier Blvd. The location is the 500 block of Whittier Blvd. in downtown Montebello.

Cinema Treasures researcher Joe Vogel also spotted these and speculates that these may be of the Cameo Theatre. His notes are on the site's page for the Garmar Theatre.

More Information:
More digging is needed.

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org



500 block Whittier Blvd, Montebello - c.1920. The building
with the arch and posters outside is the suspected cinema. 
full size view



The same view in the 30s.  full size view

Center Theatre

4762 Whittier Blvd.
 
| map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90022

Opened: 1926

Architect: Unknown

The Center Theatre had a combination hamburger stand / snack bar that could be accessed from both the street and the lobby.

By the late 60s, the Center was a porno venue. There seem to be no surviving photos of the building when it was still a theatre.

The exterior view here a 2007 look from Google Maps. Click on the image to enlarge or go to the interactive version on Google.

Seating: 690                  Status: Now retail.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Center Theatre. The page has links to a set of exterior photos from 2007 by Ken McIntyre.

    L.A. Eastside   

laeastside.com



Al Desmadre has this view of the Center Theatre building with his
2008 post: "Memories of a Lost Boulevard: The Center Theatre."

another view  |

City Terrace Cinema

3945 City Terrace Dr.    | map |

City Terrace (LA County), CA   90063

Opened: In the late 40s as the Terrace Theatre.

Architect: Unknown

Seating: 811

Status: Closed in 1964. It's been demolished. There's now a church on the site.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the City Terrace for everything that is known about the theatre..

    P.E. Railway Historical Society   

peryhs.org



The Terrace Theatre in a 1963 view. The photo is
from the Alan Weeks collection. full size view

Colonial Theatre

3915 E. 1st St.    | map |

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA   90063

All that we know about this one is that it was running in 1913 and is listed in the 1914 & 15 city directories.

Status: Demolished

    Noirish Los Angeles   

forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread



Ethereal Reality found this 1913 view of the Colonial
on eBay. It's in his post #2544 on the delicious discussion
thread Noirish Los Angeles.  
wider view

The back of the photo says just "Los Angeles 1913."  The theatre
is running "Broncho Billy For Sheriff" which was released in 1912.

Crystal Theatre

2806 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1923 or earlier. It's listed in a 1923 Paramount ad and the 1929 city directory.

Architect: Unknown          Seating: 806

Status: Demolished

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Crystal Theatre.

Euclid Theatre

3021 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the 1914 city directory as 3029 Stephenson Ave.  Stephenson got renamed Whittier Blvd. The address is just east of Euclid Ave.

In the 1921, 1922 and 1923 city directories it's the Star Theatre at 3029 Whittier Blvd.

Architect: Unknown          Seating: Unknown

Status: Demolished

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Euclid Theatre.

Family Theatre

3814 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1915 or earlier. It's in the 1915 and 1916 city directories as 3814 Stephenson Ave. Stephenson got renamed Whittier Blvd.

More Information: There isn't any.

Garden Theatre

4483 - 4511 Telegraph Rd.  | map

Belvedere Gardens (East Los Angeles), CA   90022

The 1929 city directory has a listing for the Link Theatre at 4483 Telegraph Rd. I'm assuming that this is the same building later known as the Garden Theatre at 4511 Telegraph. As the Garden it was open from at least 1932 through the early 50s.

Seating: 512                   Status: Demolished.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Garden Theatre. The Garden is also discussed on the page for the Bonito Theatre.

Garmar Theatre

2325 W. Whittier Blvd.    | map |

Montebello, CA   90640

Opened: March 29, 1950

The Garmar Theatre was named for the two sons,Gary and Mark, of the owner Al Olander.  Olander also owned the Vogue in Montebello.

Architect: S. Charles Lee designed the building using a quonset hut for the auditorium.

Seating: 998

Status: Demolished for a strip mall. Pacific Theatres was the last chain to operate the Garmar.

More Information: See our page on the Garmar Theatre.

    L.A. Eastside   

laeastside.com


Al Desmadre has this 1978 view of the Garmar
Theatre with his 2008 post:
"Memories of a Lost Boulevard: The Garmar Theatre."
 larger view

Golden Gate Theatre

5176 Whittier Blvd.     | map |

East Los Angeles, CA 90022

Opened: 1927

Architect: Clifford A. Balch

Seating: 1345

Status: The theatre reopened as a CVS drug store in 2012.  Many historic elements have been preserved inside.

The retail and apartment building in front of the theatre had been demolished decades earlier due to earthquake damage. The photo: Bill Counter - 2010.

More information: See our page on the Golden Gate Theatre.


Ivy Theatre

3937 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1914 or earlier. A 1914 ad has it at 3927 Stephensen -- later renamed Whittier Blvd.  Mrs. A. Enlow was the proprietor. It's listed in the 1914, 1915 and 1916 city directories as at 3937 Stephenson.

Architect:  Unknown    Seating:  Unknown

Status: Demolished. Closing date is unknown.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Ivy Theatre.

Jewel Theatre

3817 Whittier Blvd.
 
| map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1921.  In the 1922 city directory it's listed as at 3829 Stephenson -- soon renamed Whittier Blvd.

In a 1923 Paramount ad and in the 1923 city directory it's listed as being at 3829 Whittier Blvd. In the 1929 directory it's listed at 3817.

Architect: Unknown          Seating: 770

Status: Running as late as 1958.  Now a garment workshop. The photo here is a 2010 view from Google Maps. Click on the image to enlarge or head to an interactive view.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Jewel Theatre.

Joy Theatre

2014 E. 1st St.    | map |

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA   90033

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the 1914 through 1922 city directories as the Olympus Theatre. An "R.F. Hale" is listed as the proprietor in a 1914 ad.

It was still the Olympus in the 1929 city directory. Sometime prior to 1936 it became the Joy Theatre.

Seating: 807

Status: Demolished. The site now a post office.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Joy Theatre.


Meralta Theatre

2035 E. 1st St.    | map

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA   90033

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the 1914 city directory as the New Lyceum Theatre.

In the 1918, 1919 and 1922 city directories it was the Meralta at 2033 E. 1st St.  In 1923 it's given the 2035 address.

The Meralta name was derived from the last names of the two owners at the time, Pearl Merrill and Laura Peralta. After its run as the Meralta, it was known as the Teatro Azteca.

Seating: 817

Status: Now used as a church. The view here is a Google Maps image from 2009. Click on it to enlarge or head to Google's interactive view.

More information: See our page on the Meralta Theatre.


Monterey Theatre

2312 Whittier Blvd.     | map |

Los Angeles, CA 90023

Later known as the Teatro Blanquita with Mexican burlesque shows.

Opened: In the 20s

Seating: 890 seats

Status: After closing as a cinema, it was a nightclub. It was later a church. As of 2012, it's for rent.  The photo is a 2012 view by Bill Counter. Click on it to enlarge.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Monterey. The page has links to a number of 2007 and 2009 photos by Ken McIntyre.  There was also a Monterey Theatre in Monterey Park.

    American Classic Images   

www.americanclassicimages.com



A 1983 view, as the Teatro Blanquita, from the
American Classic Images collection.
full size view

    Google Maps   



The image here is a 2010 view from
Google Maps.
Click the image to enlarge
 or head to an
interactive version.

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org


A 1979 view outside the Monterey. larger view


National Theatre

2229 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave. (Brooklyn Ave.)   | map |

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA   90033

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the 1914 through 1921 city directories as the Brooklyn.

In the 1922 city directory it's called the New Poppy. In the 1923 directory it was called the Poppy Theatre. In the 1929 directory it's the National.

Seating: 1224

Status: Demolished -- there's now a market on the site.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the National.

    UCLA Archives - "Changing Times"   

unitproj.library.ucla.edu/dlib/lat



A 1938 photo spotted by Cinema Treasures researcher
 Ken McIntyre in the UCLA archives. It's an L.A. Times
 photo documenting an anti-Nazi protest.
full size view

The Nickelodeon

2129 E. 1st St.    | map |

Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA   90033

This address gets a listing in the 1912 city directory as the Athens Theatre. In the 1914 directory it's The Nickelodeon. It also appears in a 1914 ad with the address "E. 1st near Chicago."

In the 1917 city directory it's listed as the New Library Theatre.

Status: Gone. This side of the block has all been redeveloped.


Regency Commerce 14

950 Goodrich Blvd.
(@ Whittier)  

City of Commerce, CA   90022

(323) 726-8022     | map |

Website: www.regencymovies.com

Opened:  1980 as a 4 plex, Pacific's Commerce 4. Pacific expanded the operation in 1980 to 7 screens and in 1998 to 14 as the Pacific Commerce 14. Regency Theatres took over the operation in 2011.  The photo here is from Regency's website.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Commerce 14.  Cinema Tour has a 2003 view of the theatre.


Royale Theatre

5123 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90022

Opened: 1942 or so.

It's across the street from the United Artists/Alameda Theatre.

Architect:  Unknown      Seating:  694

Status: Now used for retail. Closing date is unknown.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Royale Theatre. The page has links to more photos by Ken McIntyre.

    Ken McIntyre on Photobucket   




A 2007 view from the indefatigable Cinema Treasures
researcher Ken McIntyre.  full size view

Star Theatre


Cinema Tour lists a Star Theatre in Montebello, but without any other data.

Perhaps the listing was intended to be for the one in La Puente.  For more information, see the page on La Puente's Star Theatre, an S. Charles Lee design.

Strand Theatre

4232 Whittier Blvd.     | map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90022

Opened: 1928

Also known as Swickard's Strand Theatre, after the owner, J Paul Swickard. For many decades, the venue was a popular one for both vaudeville and films.

The photo here shows the Strand marquee in 1936. It's from the Donald Swickard collection.

Seating: 990 seats

Status: The Strand closed in 1952. Now it's used as a warehouse.

More information:  See our page on the Strand Theatre.

Unique Theatre

4007 1/2 E. 1st St.    | map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90063

This Unique shows up in the 1923 city directory. 

Status: No building remains at this address and nothing more is known. Joe Vogel, on the Cinema Treasures page for the Unique at 3645 E. 1st St. speculates that this 1923 listing is just a typo.

Unique Theatre

3645 E. 1st St.    | map |

East Los Angeles, CA   90063

Opened: 1926 or earlier. It's in the 1926 city directory at this address.  Cinema Treasures researcher Joe Vogel has done the digging.

Seating:  1100

Status: Now being used for retail -- it's sort of a swapmeet.

More information: See our page on the Unique Theatre

We also had a Unique Theatre downtown on Broadway as well as a Spring St. Unique Theatre.

    Ken McIntyre on Photobucket   




A 2007 look at the facade of the Unique. This is one of a
 number of Ken's views linked on the Cinema Treasures
page for the Unique Theatrefull size view

United Artists

5136 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

East Los Angeles, CA 90022 

Opened:
  Early 30s. Like other UA houses it was initially operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. It was later operated by United Artists Theatre Circuit.

In the 80s UATC renamed it the Alameda Theatre when it was running Spanish language films. It was also operated by Metropolitan Theatres.

Architects: Walker and Eisen.        Seating: 916

Status: Closing date is unknown. It's now a retail store and has been stripped down inside. The photo: Bill Counter - 2010.

More Information: See the United Artists East LA page.

Vern Theatre

2811 E. Olympic Blvd.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1940

Architect:  S. Charles Lee.     Seating: 800

Status: This Boyle Heights theatre is now being used as a catering hall. Closing date as a theatre is unknown.

More information:  See our page on the Vern Theatre.

    UCLA - S. Charles Lee Archives   

digital.library.ucla.edu/sclee


A look toward the screen from the UCLA Archives.
The photographer is unknown.  full size view

Vogue Theatre

712 W. Whittier Blvd.    | map

Montebello, CA   90640

Opened: December 14,1937 as the New Vogue Theatre.

It's also been known as the Vogue and the Vogue Fine Arts. The vogue was a remodel of an existing building that dated from 1929. It was owned by Alfred Olander, who also owned the Garmar.

It operated as a second-run budget house.

Architect:  S. Charles Lee

Seating: 543

Status: The Vogue ran at least through the 1966. In the early 70s the location was a travel agency. It's now a hair salon.

More information:  See our page on the Vogue.

    L.A. Eastside   

laeastside.com


Al Desmadre has this image of Montebello's
Vogue Theatre in his 2008 post:
"Memories of a Lost Boulevard: The Garmar Theatre."
 larger view

Wabash Theatre

3014 Wabash Ave.    | map

Los Angeles, CA   90063

Opened: 1925.  The Wabash was located in the Boyle Heights / City Terrace area.

Architect: Starrett & Payne designed the 2 story building with the theatre, stores and offices for Pete Lasher.

Seating:
887

Status:
Demolished -- the site is now a parking lot. Date of closing is not known.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Wabash for all the known history.