United Artists East LA / Alameda Theatre

5136 Whittier Blvd.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA 90022 

Opened:  Early 30s.  The United Artists is just a block west of the Golden Gate Theatre.

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.

Architect: Clifford A. Balch, P.A. Eisen, A.R. Walker of the firm Walker and Eisen.

This firm did a number of projects for United Artists in the early 30s including similar theatres in Pasadena, Long Beach, Inglewood and the Four Star on Wilshire Blvd.

Earlier, they had designed the building containing the United Artists Theatre downtown although not the theatre itself.

Seating: 916

Status: Closing date is unknown. It's now a retail store and has been stripped down inside.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Alameda for a history and links to other exterior photos.

A view of the United Artists / Alameda Theatre in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

A 2010 view of the east side of the theatre.

photo: Bill Counter

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A bonus look upward to check out the
tower construction -- not possible
before the retail conversion.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

The former auditorium in 2010.
All decor has been stripped out.

photo: Bill Counter

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A 1983 view of the theatre as the Alameda from
 the American Classic Images collection.
 full size view

Also in the collection:
| 1981 view - Golden Gate in the background  |

A look at the facade from down the block to the west.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

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A view up the tower at the United Artists.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009


photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

The tower's center panel -- signage long gone.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009


photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

See more of Michelle's adventurous theatre
explorations in her "Theatres-California" set on Flickr. 
Thanks, Michelle!

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A 1937 Herman Schultheis view of the United Artists
and, just beyond, the Golden Gate. The UA is running
"Damsel in Distress" with Fred Astaire and Burns and Allen.
full size view