Star Theatre

145 N. 1st St.    | map |

La Puente, CA   91744

The News: There's now a Star Theatre page on Facebook. And a Save the Star page.

Opened: 1947

Architect:  S. Charles Lee designed the building using semicircular wood trusses as the structure.  It's indexed in the UCLA S. Charles Lee Archives as the Puente Theatre but this evidently was just a working name for the project during construction.

Seating: 599

It became a porno venue in 1978.  In 2001 it got a makeover and started running first run family films with Mexican subtitles along with live performances.

Status: Closed 2007. It's currently vacant with an unknown future.

It was scheduled for demolition to make way for a now dead mixed use retail and residential project.  Wikimapia has a listing for the now-dead project.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Star for the whole story.  The page also has links to a number of 2008 exterior photos by Ken McIntyre.

Cinema Tour has eleven 2006 photos from the Bob Meza collection.  Wikipedia has a photo.  The City of La Puente has a 50s view on their website.

    A Box of Pictures   

A 2008 view of the theatre.
 full size view

A 2012 look at the Star.
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Another look upward.
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Also see the Box of Pictures
set with the Star on Flickriver.

Also on Flickr:

another Box of Pictures view  |

 |   Tangice photo -- 2007  |

    Corey Miller on Flickr

A nice view of the Star Theatre in 2009.
Corey Miller's photo appears in his
 "Theatre Signs" set. 
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A 2011 view of the Star Theatre on Google Maps.

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an interactive view on Google ]

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    Liberty Mutual on YouTube

The Star makes a nice appearance in this
2006 commercial from Liberty Mutual.
larger view

Thanks to Michael Baughn for spotting this!

    UCLA - S. Charles Lee Archives   

Lining up at the boxoffice on opening night in 1948.
It's a view from the S. Charles Lee Archives.
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An interior construction photo. 
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The completed auditorium.

Also in the collection:
side during construction  | end view -- wood framing |
| end view -- cladding |  wood truss detail  | trusses before covering  |
rendering of exterior  |  Lee on opening night  |