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San Gabriel Valley, Pomona and Whittier Theatres

A wild architectural tour awaits! 

This survey page covers a vast territory both in terms of physical area as well as architectural styles. We've got an example of a rare forecourt style of theatre at the Fox Fullerton, one of S. Charles Lee's arched Lamella roofs at the Star in La Puente, a great deco extravaganza at the Fox Fullerton, a theatre designed to look like a barn in the Tumbleweed in El Monte, an atmospheric auditorium at the Whittier and lots, lots more.

You might also want to take a look at the separate survey page for Pasadena Theatres if you're interested in that part of the territory. If you have a street in mind, you can see what theatres were there on the San Gabriel Valley: theatres by address list.

Many of these venues used different names at different periods of their theatrical lives. At the bottom of this page you'll find an alternate name list listing them all, including the Pasadena theatres.


Alhambra
| Alhambra Theatre | Alhambra / Capri Theatre | Garfield Theatre | Temple / El Rey Theatre | Alhambra/Superba Theatre |

Arcadia
| Arcadia Theatre | Santa Anita / Cinemaland |

Azusa
| Azusa / State / Village Theatre | Liberty Theatre

Covina & West Covina
| Capri Theatre | Covina Theatre | Empress Theatre | Star Theatre |

East L.A.
 See the separate North of Downtown and East L.A. survey page covering that territory. 

El Monte
| El Monte Theatre | Rialto / Valley Theatre  | Tumbleweed Theatre |

Fullerton
| Fox Fullerton |

La Puente
| Star Theatre |

Montebello
 | Cameo Theatre | Garmar Theatre | Montebello Theatre | Vogue Theatre |   

Monterey Park
| Monterey Theatre |

Monrovia
| Elite Theatre | Lyric / Crest Theatre | Mission Theatre | Colonial / Monrovia Theatre |

Pasadena
| Academy 6 | Colorado Theatre | Esquire Theatre | Fox Pasadena | Oaks Theatre | Pasadena Civic Auditorium | Pasadena PlayhouseRaymond Theatre | Rialto Theatre | State Theatre | Strand Theatre | United Artists | Uptown Theatre | Washington / Cinema 21 | See the Pasadena Theatres survey page for more listings.

Pomona
| American Theatre | Armory Opera House | Belvedere Theatre | Fox Pomona | Fraternal Aid Opera House | Lyric Theatre | Pomona Opera House | State Theatre | Sunkist Theatre | California / United Artists Theatre |

Rosemead
| Rosemead Theatre |

San Gabriel
| Feldmiller Theatre | San Gabriel Theatre | San Gabriel Mission Playhouse |

Sierra Madre
| Sierra Madre Playhouse |

South Pasadena
| Rialto Theatre | Ritz Theatre | South Pasadena Opera House |

Temple City 
| Temple Theatre |

Whittier
| Berry Grand Theatre | Gale Theatre | Family Theatre | Optic Theatre | Scenic / Roxy Theatre | Strand Theatre | Wardman / Whittier Village Cinemas | Whittier Theatre


702 W. Main St. Alhambra
 
This was the third theatre in town to use the name. It opened in 1924 and by the early 30s was an acquisition by Jimmy Edwards for his rapidly growing circuit. The photo comes from a 1940 Boxoffice article about the addition of a second house, the Annex, to run double bills but also allow people who only wanted to see one feature to catch the beginning that they might have missed in the second house. It was also advertised as the Single Bill Cinema. Later the second house was the Gold Cinema and in the 80s the complex was called the Alhambra Cinemas. The end came with the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthqiake. For more information see the page about the Alhambra Theatre.
 
470 W. 2nd St. Pomona
 
This theatre was running by 1911, a bit west of the Armory Opera House. Initially called the La Pictoria, by 1919 it was renamed the American. In 1920 it and the Belvedere were acquired by Sol Lesser and the Gore Bros., a few months before they formed West Coast Theatres, Inc. Evidently it was gone by 1926. For more information see the page on the American Theatre
 
44 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia
 
It opened as the Liberty Theatre in 1924 but was soon renamed the Arcadia. In the 30s, after several previous operators, it was known as Dean's Arcadia and then the Edwards Arcadia. The image is a detail from a 1937 photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The 450 seat theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1942. For more information see the page about the Arcadia Theatre.
 
 
2nd St. between Gordon St. and Park Ave. Pomona 

Dates are fuzzy on this one but it appears to have been around  for a photo in 1903. This one is from the Pomona Public Library collection. This building, also a National Guard Armory, was one of three early Pomona buildings callling themselves opera houses. For more information see the page about the Armory Opera House

251 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

This 480 seat house opened in 1911 as an independent operation. The 1922 Frasher photo is from the Pomona Public Library collection. It was picked up by the short-lived Hughes-Franklin circuit in 1931. The theatre burned in 1933 and the State Theatre was built on the site a few years later. For more information see the page about the Belvedere Theatre


13011 Philadelphia St. Whittier

This house opened in 1913, a half block east of Greenleaf Ave. The Mr. Berry of the name was probably Truman Berry, a partner in Whittier's Gale and Scenic/Roxy theatres. After selling to a new operator, the house ran until 1919. The building survives as retail space. The 2015 photo is from Google Maps. For more information see the page about the Berry Grand Theatre
 
 
130 W. Main St. Alhambra
 
This 500 seat theatre of many names opened in 1917 as the Alhambra, the second to use that name. Harley S. Bradley was the architect. Later it was known as the Plaza, the Granada, the Coronet and, finally the Capri in 1963. The house was in the Edwards circuit for its last couple of chapters. The 1927 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The end came with the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. For more information see the page about the Capri Theatre
 

444 S. Glendora Ave. West Covina
 
This 1963 project of Statewide Theatres opened with about 1,200 seats and one of the largest screens in the Valley. Later it was operated by Loew's and after 1976 by Seattle-based Sterling Recreation Organization. SRO triplexed it in 1980. After they left the southern California market the Sanborn family's SoCal Cinemas had it. The theatre was demolished in the 90s. Thanks to Brian Solar for his post-closing photo. For more information see the page about the Capri Theatre

104 N. Citrus Ave. Covina
 
This 499 seat house opened in 1921, a new venue for the team that had been operating the town's Star Theatre. This was a conversion by architect Frank Cox of a space in a 1900 vintage building that had been a furniture store. It was later operated by a number of circuits including Statewide, Loew's, General Cinema and Century Cinemas. Thanks to J. Scott Shannon for the 1954 postcard from his blog Covina Past. After closing as a film house in 1991, it became a legit operation called the Covina Valley Playhouse. While trying a remodel in 2004 it was discoveed that the building was structurally unsound. A new theatre, called the Covina Center for the Performing Arts, was constructed on the site. For more information about the two theatres see the page on the Covina Theatre
 

205 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia

This 1,100 seat house, a design by Wilson, Merrill and Wilson, opened in 1925 as the Lyric Theatre. The street at that time was called White Oak Ave. The pre-opening photo from the California Historical Society collection appears on the USC Digital Library website. It later got a remodel by Fox West Coast and was renamed the Crest. After the circuit dropped it, the house had a porno fling in the 70s. It then went to non-X rated product but racial troubles destroyed the business. The theatre was demolished in 1979. For more information see the page about the Crest Theatre.
 
 
11006 Main St. El Monte
 
This 1939 house for the Sanborn Circuit was a design by Earl T. Heitschmidt. The 900 seat theatre was later operated as a Spanish language venue by Metropolitan Theatres and twinned by them in the 1980s. Thanks to Chris Brame for his 1992 photo. The building was gutted for retail and office use around 2008. For more information see the page on the El Monte Theatre.
 
 
335 W. Main St. Alhambra
 
This 800 seat house, originally called the Temple Theatre, was a 1921 project of Walter Paul Temple, the guy who later founded Temple City. It was a design by the prolific architects Walker & Eisen. The 1927 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Initially an independent, it was later operated by Fox West Coast and became the El Rey in the early 30s. Jimmy Edwards took it over on a lease and later bought the place. A 60s renovation covered the original facade and the house closed after 1987 earthquake damage. For more information see see the page about the El Rey Theatre.
 
217 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia 

The Elite was running in 1911 with a location on the west side of the street just north of Palm Ave. It was a block north of the much longer lasting Colonial/Monrovia Theatre. For more information see the page about the Elite Theatre

219 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

This house opened in 1911 and within several months was joined next door by the Isis Theatre, a house later renamed the Star. The Empress cycled through several operators but eventually ceded victory in their rivalry to its neighbor and closed. The building survives as restaurant and office space. For more information see the page about the Empress Theatre.

7024 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

This was the second site for the town's first theatre, an operation by the Keipp family. Their first shot had been in 1909 but the location is unknown. This second, larger, venue opened in 1913 on what was to become Whittier's busiest theatrical block. The 300 seat house closed around 1916 and has been demolished. Before street renumbering the address was 124 S. Greenleaf. For more information see the page about the Family Theatre.

Feldmiller Theatre
W. Mission Rd. at W. Angeleno Ave. San Gabriel

This theatre, the first in San Gabriel, opened in 1911, a project of John and Augusta Feldmiller, along with the help of their children. It's not known at this point what the theatre was actually called. In 1912 what had been a tent with a single hand-cranked projector got replaced by a permanent Mission-style stucco building (what else?) and they soon acquired a second projector. The theatre was running until about 1930. For more information see the page about the Feldmiller Theatre.

 
512 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

It opened in 1925 as Chapman's Alician Court Theatre. The 1,095 seat house was a design by Raymond M. Kennedy of the firm Meyer & Holler. Soon it was going by the name Mission Court Theatre or Mission Theatre. By 1930 Fox West Coast had it and it became the Fox Fullerton. Later it was operated by National General and Mann. It closed in 1987 when the owner decided not to do a seismic retrofit. Since 2005 it's been under restoration by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation. See the pages on the Fox Fullerton for lots of photos: history + exterior views | interior views |

 
W. 3rd St. and S. Garey Ave. Pomona
 
This 1,751 seat deco palace opened April 24, 1931 with a world premiere of "Six Cylinder Love." The design was by Clifford Balch and Floyd Stanbery for Fox West Coast. The City of Pomona ended up with the building, which they sold to new operators in 2007. After a $10+ million renovation it reopened in 2009 as a concert venue and events center. See the pages on the Fox Pomona for more details: history + exterior views | interior views
 
NE corner S. Gordon St. and W. 3rd St. Pomona
 
It was built in 1903 by the group Pomona Fraternal Aid and also known as the Pomona Opera House, not the first venue in town to use the name. The early photo is from the Pomona Public Library collection. It's unknown how long the building survived but the site is now a parking lot. For more information see the page about the Fraternal Aid Opera House
 
7023 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier
 
This 575 seat house opened in 1916 and by 1920 was being operated Truman C. Berry, J.H. Gwin and E.C. Siler, the same team that would open the Scenic that year, a house later renamed the Roxy. The Gale evidently ran at least into the mid-1920s. The location just south of Philadelphia Street was in the same block as the earlier Optic and later Wardman/Whittier Village Cinemas. For more information see the page about the Gale Theatre.
 
 
9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra
 
This 1,181 seat house with an Egyptian themed interior opened as part of the Lou Bard circuit in 1924. The house had a full stage and was the major vaudeville house for the area. The design was by Lewis A. Smith, who did several other theatres for Bard. The photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Later the Vinicoff and Edwards circuits had the action. In the 80s it became a venue for Chinese language films as the Hua Sheng Cinema. Business was slack and the owners, while upgrading the commercial building in front, demolished the auditorium in 2001. For more information see the page about the Garfield Theatre
 
310 N. Alameda Ave. Azusa 

This 410 seat house was running by 1918 but the opening date is unknown. It operated until 1928, closing several months after the new Azusa Theatre opened. That newer theatre is the one that ended up with the Edwards Circuit as their Village Theatre. The Liberty's building survives, now in use by a company specializing in fire and water cleanup. The 2018 photo is from Google Maps. For more information see the page about the Liberty Theatre.
 
366 W. 2nd St. Pomona
 
The Lyric presumably opened in 1910 just east of Gordon St. The operators were quoted in a September 1911 Powers projector ad that they were getting great results from a machine they had been using for over a year. The theatre was running at least until 1927. The site is now a park. For more information see the page about the Lyric Theatre
 
127 E. Olive Ave. Monrovia
 
It was opened in 1910 by a Mr. and Mrs. Widosky. In 1914 it was sold to a transplant from the midwest who had run other bussinessesx but evidently had no theatre experience. It soon ended up in the hands of a J.C. Kuert who remodeled the booth and added a balcony. Closing date is unknown but it was around until at least 1927. For more information see the page about the Mission Theatre.
 
314 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia
 
This 500 seater opened in 1920 as the Colonial Theatre. Business must have been good as the next year they did a stage expansion. In the mid-20s C. L. Langley took it over and did another remodel. By 1937 it had become the Monrovia Theatre. Fox got the house in 1941. The 1950 photo by Burton Frasher is from the Pomona Public Library collection. They building survives as retail space. For more information see the page about the Monrovia Theatre.
 
 
619 N. Garfield Ave. Monterey Park
 
It opened in 1924 as the Mission Theatre, seen here in a 1927 photo from the Los Angeles Public Library. By 1930 this 882 seat house was being operated by James Edwards and it was soon renamed the Monterey. It's also been known as the Monterey Park Theatre. When the Edwards circuit opened a new 4-plex nearby, this house found new tenants to run Chinese language films. The site of the theatre, just a couple blocks south of the 10, is now a parking lot. For more information see the page about the Monterey Theatre.
 
 
7011 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier
 
This one opened in 1910 with an address before street renumbering of 111 S. Greenleaf. It's just a couple buildings south of Philadelphia St. It was purchased in 1914 by a local oilman who planned a remodel but it shut down in 1915 and got turned into a hardware store. The 1910 photo is from the Whittier Public Library collection.  Perhaps the tavern currently  on the site is in the optic's building. For more information see the page about the Optic Theatre.
 

Visit the separate survey page that details the vintage theatres in Pasadena. 

NW corner 3rd & Thomas Streets Pomona

This venue opened in November 1885, initially with a flat floor. In the Pomona Public Library photo it's shown set up for a banquet. Later they added risers. The building went under a variety of names including the Taylor Opera House, the Caldwell Opera House and  Jackson's Opera House. The end came by fire in 1895. For mpore information see the page about the Pomona Opera House.

 

9021 E. Valley Blvd. Rosemead 

This 713 seat house by S. Charles Lee for the Edwards circuit was a conversion of an existing building. It had a short life with an opening in 1938 and a conversion into a grocery store around 1953. The 1939 photo from Theatre Catalog appears on Cinema Treasures. It's been replaced by newer buildings. For more information see the page about the Rosemead Theatre  
 
 
13112 E. Philadelphia St. Whittier
 
This 1,500 seat house was a design by Walker & Eisen that opened in 1920. It was a block and a half east of Greenleaf Ave. and before street renumbering used an address of 211 E. Philadelphia. The 1928 photo is from the Whittier Museum collection. Fox had a brief tenure operating the house but bailed in the early 30s and one of the original owners returned as the operator. It was renamed the Roxy in 1936 and ended up as part of Hugh Bruen's local circuit. It closed in 1968 and was destroyed by fire in 1971. For more information see the page about the Roxy Theatre
 
 
320 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel 

This 1,143 seat house opened in 1927 as the home of John Stephen McGroarty's Mission Play, an elaborate show about the founding of the California Missions. The initial design was by Arthur Burnett Benton. William J. Dodd finished it. The group ran into difficulties and lost the house to foreclosure in 1932. It then became a film theatre until the City bought it in 1945 and it became a performing arts center called the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. It was renamed the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in 2007. For more Information see the page on the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

   
330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

This house opened in 1942 as the Edwards San Gabriel Theatre. The 600 seat theatre was a design by Clifford A. Balch. After a remodel in the 60s it was Edwards Century Theatre. Beginning in 1980 the circuit moved on and it became a Chinese film house called the Kuo Hwa Theatre and later the Bridge Theatre. The image is a detail from a 1982 American Classic Images photo. The theatre closed around 1996 and was then demolished. For more information see the page about the San Gabriel Theatre.

 
135 Colorado Pl. Arcadia
 
This 830 seat Edwards circuit house opened in 1942 opposite the east end of the Santa Anita racetrack. The image is from the 1948 Academy short "Let's Go To The Movies." The theatre got a remodel in late 1966 and reopened in 1967 as Edwards Cinemaland. It ran until 1975 and was demolished for office building construction in 1977. For more information see the page about the Santa Anita Theatre
 
 
 
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre

Originally called the Wisteria Theatre, this 400 seat house got renamed the Sierra Madre Theatre in the early 40s. From 1968 to 1971 it was an art/revival house called the Bogart Theatre. Since 1980 it's been a legit venue, now with 99 seats. Thanks to the Pasadena Star-News for the 2020 photo. For more information see the page about the Sierra Madre Playhouse

 

217 N. Citrus Ave. Covina
 
This 250 seat theatre opened in 1911 as the Isis, a move up for the owners to a building with a sloped floor, a stage, and dressing rooms. Their ealier location on Badillo St. had been a flat-floored affair. Thanks to Cinema Treasures contributor Granola for the photo, which could be either 1912 or 1914. After several changes of operators it was renamed the Star in 1915. Their location on the west side of the street was next door to the Empress Theatre. The guys who took it over in 1920 closed it in December 1921 when they opened their new Covina Theatre a block to the south. For more information see the page about the Star Theatre
 

 
145 N. 1st St. La Puente

This 599 seat house designed by S. Charles Lee opened in 1947 as the Puente Theatre. It looks like a quonset hut but was actually a Lamella roof, using short pieces of lumber for the framing and eliminating the need for trusses. Thanks to Gary Cliser for the 2008 photo. Despite a preservation battle, the theatre was demolished in June 2019. For more information see the page on the Star Theatre.

 
255 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

This 40s house was designed by Clifford A. Balch for Fox West Coast. Earlier he had done the Fox, a half block to the south. This was a bit smaller, with only 502 seats. The c.1945 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The closing date is unknown. The whole block has been usurped by a bank and its parking lot. For more information see the page about the State Theatre.

 
12905 Philadelphia St. Whittier

This 480 seat house opened in 1922 with an address before street renumbering of 122 W. Philadelphia St., less than a block west of Greenleaf. Initially an independent operation, it was later operated by West Coast Theatres. The front of the building, dating from 1902, survives with a tattoo parlor in the former lobby. The auditorium has either been chopped down or replaced with newer construction. The Google Maps image is from 2019. For more information see the page about the Strand Theatre

 
445 N. Garey Ave. Pomona

S. Charles Lee designed this 874 seat house on the north edge of downtown for the short-lived Hughes-Franklin cicuit. The 1931 pre-opening photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Soon Fox West Coast was running it as the Fox Sunkist. The building was remodeled into retail space in 1957. For more information see the page about the Sunkist Theatre.

 
101 E. Main St. Alhambra

This theatre on the northeast corner of Main and Stoneman opened in 1912 as the Alhambra, the first of three theatres to use the name. In 1917 it was renamed the Superba and later was the United, part of a local chain by that name. The image with the theatre building in the center is a detail from a 1920 Los Angeles Public Library photo. The closing date is unknown but a new building was on the site by 1934. For more information see the page about the Superba Theatre.  

 
9015 Las Tunas Dr. Temple City
This Cape Cod/Moderne concoction was another design by S. Charles Lee for the Edwards circuit. The 750 seat house at Las Tunas and Rosemead Blvd. opened in 1940. Thanks to American Classic Images for the 1982 photo. The theatre was demolished that year and replaced by a 4 plex. That too has now been demolished. For more information see the page about the Temple Theatre.  
 

11918 Garvey Ave. El Monte

This rustic 750 seat design by S. Charles Lee was a fanciful attempt to give owner James Edwards an inexpensive theatre he needed for competitive reasons at the Five Points site. The $35,000 project in 1939 included a neon-lit windmill, a wishing well, a pond with ducks and an auditorium lit with wagon wheel chandeliers. The photo is from the UCLA S. Charles Lee Papers Collection. The theatre was running into the 60s but then succumbed to redeveloped. For more information see the page about the Tumbleweed Theatre

 
235 W. 3rd St. Pomona

This 1923 vintage theatre, a design by Meyer & Holler, opened as the California. Originally it had its entrance through an office building on Thomas St. but Fox West Coast abandoned that in the 30s and made a new one directly into the inner lobby on 3rd St. The original entrance is seen in the 1928 photo from the Pomona Public Library. As part of the consent decree rulings of the late 40s, this theatre was spun off to United Artists Theatre Circuit and, after a remodeling, got renamed the United Artists. Its last theatrical adventure was as a concert venue called the Pomona Valley Auditorium. It's now a church. For more information see the page about the United Artists Theatre.

 
10818 Main St. El Monte
Prolific theatre architects Walker & Eisen designed this 1923 vintage house, originally called the Rialto. Before street renumbering it had an address of 326 W. Main St. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for finding the 20s photo. Initially it was operated by Arthur Sanborn and later by the Edwards circuit. At some unknown date it was renamed the Valley. The building survives, now with retail tenants. For more information see the page about the Valley Theatre
 

 
602 N. Azusa Ave. Azusa
 
It opened in December 1927 as the Azusa Theatre with a Will Rogers film called "A Texas Steer" filling its 641 seats. Later it was known as the State Theatre and when it became part of the Edwards circuit it was the Edwards Azusa. In 1963, the year of the photo from the Los Angeles Public Library, it got rebranded as the Edwards Village Theatre. It was deemed an earthquake risk in 1972 and then demolished. For more information see the page about the Village Theatre.  


 
11612 Whittier Blvd. Whittier

This 1,016 seat atmospheric house opened in 1929 as McNees Theatre. The architect was David Bushnell, who also designed what is now the Whittier Village Cinemas. Warner Bros swooped into town and within a few months it was Warner Bros. Whittier. They didn't stay long and the house ended up as part of the local Bruen circuit. He later sold to Pacific and they were operating it when it closed following damage from the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. Thanks to Sean Ault for his post-quake photo. For more information see the page on the Whittier Theatre

Whittier Village Cinemas
7038 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

This 1932 deco delight was supposed to be the Fox Whitter but that circuit bailed on their lease. Owner Aubrey Wardman built it anyway and named it after himself. He enlisted his architect, David Bushnell, to be the manager. After a fling with Pussycat and some earthquake damage it closed in 1978. With the auditorium chopped in half and 6 new ones added, it reopened in 1990 as the Whittier Village Cinemas, now operated by Starlight Cinemas. Thanks to Don Solosan for his photo. For more information see the page about the Whittier Village Cinemas.



Alternate name list:

Academy 6 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Alexandria 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6

Alhambra Theatre 702 W. Main St. Alhambra

Alhambra Theatre see Capri Theatre 130 W. Main St. Alhambra

Alhambra Theatre see Superba Theatre 101 E. Main St. Alhambra

Alhambra Twin Cinemas see Alhambra Theatre 702 W. Main St. Alhambra

Alician Court Theatre see Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

AMC Old Pasadena 8 see iPic Pasadena 42 Miller Alley Pasadena

American Theatre 470 W. 2nd St. Pomona

Annex Theatre see Alhambra Theatre 702 W. Main St. Alhambra 
 
Arcadia Theatre 44 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia

ArcLight Cinemas 336 E. Colorado Blvd.  Pasadena

Armory see Armory Opera House South side of 2nd St. between Gordon St. & Park Ave. Pomona

Armory Opera House South side of 2nd St. between Gordon St. & Park Ave. Pomona

Auditorium, Pasadena Civic 300 E. Green St. Pasadena

Auditorium, Pomona Valley see United Artists Theatre 235 W. 3rd St. Pomona

Auditorium S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena see Pasadena Grand Opera House

Azusa Theatre see Village Theatre 602 N. Azusa Ave. Azusa

Bard's Theatre see Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra

Bard's Theatre 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6
  
Bard's Alexandria 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6

Bard's Colorado 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6

Bard's Egyptian 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6

Bard's Egyptian see Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra

Bard's Garfield see Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra

Bard's Pasadena 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6

Belvedere Theatre 251 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

Berry Grand Theatre 108 E. Philadelphia / 13011 Philadelphia St. Whittier

Bogart Theatre see Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre 

Bridge Theatre see San Gabriel Theatre 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

Bruen's Roxy Theatre see Roxy Theatre 217 E. Philadelphia / 13112 Philadelphia St. Whittier

Bruen's Whittier Theatre see Whittier Theatre 11612 Whittier Blvd. Whittier

Caldwell Grand Opera House see Pomona Opera House W. Third and S. Thoma Pomona

California Theatre see United Artists Theatre 287 S. Thomas St. and 235 W. 3rd St. Pomona

Cameo Theatre 605 W. Whittier Blvd Montebello

Capri Theatre 130 W. Main St. Alhambra

Capri Theatre 444 S. Glendora Ave. West Covina

Century Theatre see San Gabriel Theatre 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

Chapman's Theatre see Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

Chapman's Alician Court Theatre see Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton
 
Chinese Voice Cinema see Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra

Cinema 21 845 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena  

Cinemaland see Santa Anita Theatre 135 Colorado Pl. Arcadia

Cinematheque 16 73 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena

Cinematheque Theatre see Cinematheque 16 73 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena

Civic Auditorium 300 E. Green St. Pasadena

Clune's Pasadena Theatre 61 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Fox Pasadena

Colonial Theatre see Monrovia Theatre 314 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia

Colonial Theatre 804 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena see Ritz Theatre

Colorado Theatre 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6

Colorado Theatre 2588 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Coronet Theatre see Capri Theatre 130 W. Main St. Alhambra
 
Covina Center for the Performing Arts see Covina Theatre 104 N. Citrus Ave. Covina
 
Covina Cinema see Covina Theatre 104 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Covina Theatre 104 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Covina Valley Playhouse see Covina Theatre 104 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Crest Theatre 205 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia

Crown Theatre 129 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena see Raymond Theatre

Crown Theatre 29 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena
 
Dean's Arcadia Theatre see Arcadia Theatre 44 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia

Eagle Theatre 4884 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock

Eagle Theatre 5058 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock see the Sierra Theatre

Eagle Rock Theatre 5058 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock see the Sierra Theatre
 
Edwards Alhambra Theatre see Alhambra Theatre 702 W. Main St. Alhambra
 
Edwards Arcadia Theatre see Arcadia Theatre 44 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia

Edwards Azusa Theatre see Village Theatre 602 N. Azusa Ave. Azusa
 
Edwards Capri Theatre see Capri Theatre 130 W. Main St. Alhambra

Edwards Century Theatre see San Gabriel Theatre 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

Edwards Cinemaland see Santa Anita Theatre 135 Colorado Pl. Arcadia
 
Edwards El Rey Theatre see El Rey Theatre 335 W. Main St. Alhambra

Edwards Monterey Theatre
see Monterey Theatre 619 N. Garfield Ave. Monterey Park 
 
Edwards Rialto see Valley Theatre 326 W. Main / 326 W. Valley Blvd. / 10818 Main St. El Monte 
 
Edwards Rosemead Theatre see Rosemead Theatre 9021 Valley Blvd. Rosemead

Edwards San Gabriel Theatre see San Gabriel Theatre 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

Edwards Santa Anita see Santa Anita Theatre 135 Colorado Pl. Arcadia

Edwards Temple Theatre see Temple Theatre 1611 / 9015 Las Tunas Dr. Temple City

Edwards Tumbleweed Theatre see Tumbleweed Theatre  11918 Garvey Ave. El Monte

Edwards Valley Theatre see Valley Theatre 326 W. Main/326 W. Valley Blvd./10818 Main El Monte

Edwards Village Theatre see Village Theatre 602 N. Azusa Ave. Azusa

Egyptian Theatre 61 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Fox Pasadena  

Egyptian, Bard's 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6
 
Egyptian, Bards  9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra see Garfield Theatre

Egyptian, Warner's 2316 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Uptown Theatre

El Monte Theatre 110 E. Valley Blvd. / 11006 Valley Mall / 11006 Main St.  El Monte

El Rey Theatre 335 W. Main St. Alhambra

Elite Theatre 217 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia 
 
Empress Theatre, 219 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Esquire Theatre 2670 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Fair Oaks Theatre 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena see Oaks Theatre

Fair Oaks Theatre 1246 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena

Family Theatre 7024 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

Feldmiller Theatre W. Mission Rd. at W. Angeleno Ave. San Gabriel

Fischer's Theatre 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena see Oaks Theatre 

Florence Theatre 770 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see State Theatre

Fox California Theatre see United Artists Theatre 287 S. Thomas St. and 235 W. 3rd St. Pomona

Fox Colorado 1003 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see the Academy 6
 
Fox Crest see Crest Theatre 205 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia 

Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

Fox Mission Theatre see Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

Fox Monrovia see Monrovia Theatre 314 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia

Fox Pasadena 61 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Fox Pomona 301 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

Fox Ritz Theatre 804 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena see Ritz Theatre

Fox State Theatre 770 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see State Theatre

Fox State Theatre see State Theatre 255 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

Fox Strand Theatre 340 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Strand Theatre

Fox Sunkist Theatre see Sunkist Theatre 445 N. Garey Ave. Pomona

Fox Tower 114 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Tower Theatre
  
Fox Whittier  see Whittier Village Cinemas 7038 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

Fraternal Aid Opera House NE corner of Gordon & 3rd Sts. Pomona

Gale Theatre 7023 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra

Garfield Egyptian see Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra

Garmar Theatre 2325 W. Whittier Blvd. Montebello 

Gold Cinema see Alhambra Theatre 702 W. Main St. Alhambra

Gold Class Cinemas 42 Miller Alley Pasadena see iPicPasadena

Graham and Mohr Opera House see South Pasadena Opera House 915 Center St. So. Pas. 

Granada Theatre
see Capri Theatre 130 W. Main St. Alhambra

Grand Opera House 400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr. Pasadena

Grand Theatre see Berry Grand Theatre 108 E. Philadelphia / 13011 Philadelphia St. Whittier

Hastings 355 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena see Hastings 8

Hastings 8 355 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena

Hastings Drive-In 400 N. Halstead St. Pasadena

Hastings Ranch 3 467 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena
 
Hua Sheng Cinema see Garfield Theatre 9 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra
 
Hughes-Franklin circuit see Belvedere Theatre 251 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

Hughes-Franklin circuit see Sunkist Theatre 445 N. Garey Ave. Pomona

iPic Pasadena 42 Miller Alley Pasadena 
 
Isis Theatre see Star Theatre 217 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Jackson's Opera House see Pomona Opera House NW corner Third and Thomas Sts. Pomona

Jensen's Raymond Theatre 129 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena see Raymond Theatre

Kuo Hwa Theatre see San Gabriel Theatre 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

La Pictoria Theatre see American Theatre 470 W. 2nd St. Pomona

Laemmle's Colorado Theatre 2588 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Laemmle's Esquire Theatre 2670 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Laemmle's One Colorado Cinemas 42 Miller Alley Pasadena see iPic Pasadena

Laemmle's Playhouse 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Liberty Theatre 310 N. Alameda Ave. Azusa

Liberty Theatre 3300 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Loew's Colorado Theatre 2588 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Loew's Crown Theatre 129 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena see Raymond Theatre

Lowe Opera House S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena see Pasadena Grand Opera House

Lyric Theatre see Crest Theatre 205 E. White Oak Ave. / 205 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia

Lyric Theatre 366 W. 2nd St. Pomona

Mann's Hastings Ranch 1-2-3 467 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena

McNees Theatre see Whittier Theatre 11612 Whittier Blvd. Whittier

Mission Theatre 127 E. Olive Ave. Monrovia

Mission Theatre see Monterey Theatre 619 N. Garfield Ave. Monterey Park

Mission Theatre Colorado at Garfield Pasadena (unbuilt)  

Mission Theatre see Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

Mission Court Theatre see Fox Fullerton 510 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

Mission Playhouse see San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 320 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel

Monrovia Theatre 314 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia

Montebello? Theatre 520 W. Whittier Blvd. Montebello 

Monterey Theatre 619 N. Garfield Ave. Monterey Park

Monterey Park Theatre see Monterey Theatre 619 N. Garfield Ave. Monterey Park

New Eagle Theatre see Eagle Theatre 4884 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock

Oaks Theatre 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena

Oasis Theatre 2316 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Uptown Theatre

Old Pasadena 8 42 Miller Alley Pasadena see iPic Pasadena

One Colorado Cinemas 42 Miller Alley Pasadena see iPicPasadena
 
Opera House, Graham and Mohr see South Pasadena Opera House 915 Center St. 

Opera House, Pasadena Grand 400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr. Pasadena
 
Opera House, Pomona see Armory Opera House 2nd St. between Gordon St. & Park Ave. Pomona
 
Opera House, Pomona W. 3rd St. and S. Thomas St. Pomona
 
Opera House, Pomona see Fraternal Aid Opera House NE corner of Gordon St. & 3rd St. Pomona

Opera House, South Pasadena 915 Center St. South Pasadena

Optic Theatre 111 S. Greenleaf / 7011 Greenleaf Ave Whittier

Pacific's Colorado see Colorado Theatre 2588 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Pacific's Hastings 8 355 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena

Pacific's Hastings Ranch 3 467 N. Rosemead Blvd.

Pacific's Paseo Colorado 14 336 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see ArcLight Cinemas

Pacific's Whittier Theatre 11612 Whittier Blvd. Whittier see Whittier Theatre

Pantages Pasadena Colorado and Hudson Pasadena  (unbuilt)

Park Theatre 1375 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena

Parlor Theatre NE cor. Colorado & Fair Oaks Pasadena

Pasadena 6 64 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see UA Marketplace

Pasadena Civic Auditorium 300 E. Green St. Pasadena

Pasadena Community Playhouse (1917-1925) 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena see Oaks Theatre

Pasadena Grand Opera House  400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr. Pasadena

Pasadena Hastings Theatre 355 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena see Hastings 8

Pasadena Marketplace 64 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see UA Marketplace

Pasadena Photoplay 28 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Photoplay

Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena

Pasadena Repertory Theatre 107 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena

Pasadena Theatre 61 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Fox Pasadena

Paseo Colorado 14 336 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena  see ArcLight Cinemas

Perkins Palace 129 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena see Raymond Theatre

Photoplay 28 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Pictoria Theatre see American Theatre 470 W. 2nd St. Pomona

Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena  see Pasadena Playhouse

Playhouse see San Gabriel Mission Playhouse  320 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel

Playhouse 7, Laemmle 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Pomona Theatre see Fox Pomona 301 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

Pomona Opera House NW corner W. Third and S. Thomas Pomona

Pomona Opera House see Armory Opera House 2nd St. between Gordon St. & Park Ave. Pomona

Pomona Opera House see Fraternal Aid Opera House NE corner of Gordon & 3rd Sts. Pomona

Pomona Valley Auditorium see United Artists Theatre 235 W. 3rd St. Pomona

Plaza Theatre see Capri Theatre 130 W. Main St. Alhambra

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

Pussycat Theatre 770 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see State Theatre

Pussycat Theatre see Whittier Village Cinemas 7038 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

Raymond Theatre 129 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena

Regal Pasadena 6 64 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena  see UA Marketplace

Rialto Theatre see Valley Theatre 326 W. Main St. / 10818 Main St.

Rialto Theatre 1023 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

Ritz Theatre 804 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

Rosemead Theatre 1629 E. Valley Blvd. / 9021 Valley Blvd. Rosemead

Roxy Theatre 217 E. Philadelphia / 13112 Philadelphia St. Whittier

San Gabriel Theatre 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel

San Gabriel Theatre, 1st see Feldmiller Theatre  W. Mission Rd. at W. Angeleno Ave. San Gabriel

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 320 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel

Santa Anita Theatre 135 Colorado Pl. Arcadia

Savoy Theatre 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena see Oaks Theatre

Scenic Theatre see Roxy Theatre 217 E. Philadelphia / 13112 Philadelphia St. Whittier

Sierra Theatre 5058 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock

Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Theatre see Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre
 
Single Bill Theatre see Alhambra Theatre 702 W. Main St. Alhambra

South Pasadena Opera House 915 Center St. South Pasadena
 
SRO Capri see Capri Theatre 444 S. Glendora Ave. West Covina

SRO Colorado see Colorado Theatre 2588 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

SRO Hastings Drive-In 400 N. Halstead St. Pasadena

SRO Pasadena Hastings 355 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena see Hastings 8   
 
Star Theatre 217 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Star Theatre 145 N. 1st St. La Puente

Starlight Whittier Village see Whittier Village Cinemas  7038 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier 

State Theatre see Village Theatre 602 N. Azusa Ave. Azusa

State Theatre 770 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

State Theatre 255 S. Garey Ave. Pomona

Strand Theatre 340 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Strand Theatre 122 W. Philadelphia / 12905 Philadelphia St. Whittier

Superba Theatre 101 E. Main St. Alhambra

Sunkist Theatre 445 N. Garey Ave. Pomona

Sweetgreen see United Artists Theatre 606 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Taylor Opera House see Pomona Opera House NW corner Third and Thomas Sts. Pomona

Temple Theatre 1611 / 9015 Las Tunas Dr. Temple City

Temple Theatre see El Rey Theatre 335 W. Main St. Alhambra

Tom Kat Theatre 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena see Oaks Theatre
 
Tower Theatre 114 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Tumbleweed Theatre 11918 Garvey Ave. El Monte

United Theatre see Superba Theatre 101 E. Main St. Alhambra

United Theatre 5058 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock see Sierra Theatre

United Artists Theatre 606 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

United Artists Theatre 235 W. 3rd St. Pomona

United Artists Marketplace 64 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

UA The Movies 64 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see UA Marketplace

Uptown Theatre 2316 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Valley Theatre 326 W. Main St. / 326 W. Valley Blvd. / 10818 Main St. El Monte

Valley Playhouse see Covina Theatre 104 N. Citrus Ave. Covina

Vidiots see Eagle Theatre 4884 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 

Village Theatre 602 N. Azusa Ave. Azusa

Village Roadshow 42 Miller Alley Pasadena see iPic Pasadena

Vogue Theatre 712 W. Whittier Blvd. Montebello

Wardman Theatre see Whittier Village Cinemas 7038 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

Warner Bros. Pasadena Colorado at Euclid Pasdadena (unbuilt)

Warner Bros. Whittier Theatre see Whittier Theatre 11612 Whittier Blvd. Whittier

Warner's Egyptian 2316 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Uptown Theatre

Warner's Photoplay 28 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena see Photoplay

Washington Theatre 845 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena see Cinema 21

Whittier Theatre 11612 Whittier Blvd. Whittier

Whittier Village Cinemas 7038 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier

Williams Hall  NE cor. Colorado & Fair Oaks Pasadena see Parlor Theatre

Wisteria Theatre see Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre

Yosemite Theatre see Eagle Theatre 4884 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 
 
 
San Gabriel Valley history resources: See the Arcadia Publishing titles for the area including "Azusa," "Covina" and "El Monte." Gary Cliser's A Box of Pictures on Flickriver has many photos of the area. Also see his various albums on Flickr. The City of El Monte Historical Society Museum has a web page. And they're also on Facebook
 
The Temple City Chamber of Commerce has a page on the history of that city. Also see the Temple City Historical Society website. Visit the website of the Whittier Historical Society's Whittier Museum. There's also a Whittier Historical Society page on Facebook. 


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