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The Golden Gate Theatre


The luscious Golden Gate Theatre opened in 1927, a design by the prolific Clifford A. Balch.  The 1,345 seat house in East Los Angeles had a full stage and was running films well into the 80s. Originally entered via a courtyard behind buildings fronting on Atlantic Blvd. and Whittier Blvd., the theatre itself stood alone after the other buildings were demolished following the 1987 earthquake. The photo is from the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. See our page on the Golden Gate for many photos. Sadly, it's now a CVS drug store.

A few more by Clifford Balch:
Boulevard Theatre, 4549 Whittier Blvd. (1923, 1937 remodel)
Dome Theatre, Ocean Park (1925) 
Fox Theatre, Pomona (1931)
Four Star, 5112 Wilshire (c.1931) - with Walker & Eisen
United Artists, Long Beach (c.1931) - with Walker & Eisen
United Artists, Inglewood (1931) - with Walker & Eisen
United Artists, East L.A. (c.1931) - with Walker & Eisen
United Artists, Pasadena (1931) - with Walker & Eisen
   [ Balch also worked with Walker & Eisen on United Artists Theatres in El Centro and Berkeley. ]
Los Feliz Theatre, 1822 N. Vermont Ave. (1934)
Esquire Theatre, 419 N. Fairfax Ave. (1937)
El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. (1937)
La Mar, Manhattan Beach (1938)
Gordon/Showcase Theatre, 614 N. La Brea Ave. (1938)
5th Avenue Theatre, Inglewood (1939)
Magnolia Theatre, Burbank (1940)

See the listing for Clifford Balch on the Pacific Coast Architecture Database.


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