3645 E. 1st St. East L.A., CA 90063 | map |
A 1976 ad in the Eastside Journal. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating the ads for a post on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.
Closing: It was obviously running at least until 1992. The closing date is unknown.
A fire broke out early in the morning on September 16, 2020 damaging the former theatre space, the apartments on the second floor of the building, a nearby house, and a 62 unit housing project that was nearing completion. The Eastsider had the story in their article "Fire engulfs East L.A. housing project under construction."
A lovely view out to the street. Photo: Kim Cooper/Richard Schave - Esotouric Los Angeles - 2015
1956 - This view looking east toward the theatre is from the Metro Library and Archive on Flickr.
c.1962 - Looking east on 1st with the Unique in the distance. Thanks to Sean Ault for sharing the photo from his collection.
1960s - A view west that Cesar N located for a post on the Lost Angeles Facebook group.
1992 - Thanks to Paul Kakazu for sharing this photo he took January 6. It appears as a post on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.
A shot of the Unique after closing that was taken by cinematographer
Gary Graver. He took many photos of dying single screen theatres. Wikipedia has an article about Graver. More of his photos can be seen in two compilations on You Tube: "Second Run - part 1" and "Second Run - part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photo.
2007 - A view by Ken McIntyre.
2012 - The building as seen from across the street. The facade appears unchanged for 1923. The signage probably dates from the 40s. Photo: Bill Counter
2019 - A fine look in toward the front door. Photo: Google Maps
More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Unique for all that is known about this venue.
They're not related to this theatre on E. 1st but much earlier we had a Unique Theatre downtown on Broadway as well as a Spring St. Unique Theatre. In 1907 there was a Unique Theatre running with films and vaudeville on Windward Ave. in Venice.
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