Teatro Hidalgo

373 N. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Notices in issues of Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer in June, 1912, said that architect John E. Kunst designed a new theater that was part of a project underway at 369-373 N. Main Street. The theater was an addition to a building at 369 Main that was being remodeled.

ToriLuvsHarryP on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm

My great-great uncle supposedly performed at the theatre Hidalgo, so I was wondering if anybody knew if the theatre kept records of who performed there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2009 at 12:12 am

The Music Trade Review of March 9, 1918, had this interesting information: “The Wm. L. Glockner Music Co., the local Wurlitzer representative, reports the placing recently of a Style H Wurlitzer Orchestra in the Hidalgo Motion Picture Theatre, on North Main Street.”

I wonder if this was the same Glockner who operated Glockner’s Automatic Theatre?

kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

I have no idea. It was in the stacks of the history dept at the LAPL, Los Angeles section.

dgarcia on March 20, 2009 at 6:40 am

Ken MC,

Which book on Mexican LA does this information come from? It’s extremely helpful.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Here is an excerpt from a book about Mexican Los Angeles that was I reading the other day:

“And there, on Main Street, were the most promising and enduring of the Mexican auditoriums in Los Angeles, Teatro Hidalgo (1911-1934)…just over on Spring Street were Teatro Zendejas (later Novel, 1919-1924) and the first Teatro Mexico. Farther down Main Street were the Teatro Principal (1921-29), the second Teatro Mexico (1927-33) and the Teatro California (1927-34). Several theaters, especially the Hidalgo, showed the new motion pictures.”

It is pointed out that some or all of these were live performance venues, but it does give an interesting snapshot of the city at that time.

vokoban on August 4, 2008 at 7:22 am

In John Benston’s book Silent Traces, he shows a screen shot of a frame from Buster Keaton’s 1922 movie called Cops. Buster is running east on Arcadia from Main and you can see the Hidalgo clearly in the background. I’m going to have to get a copy of the movie and watch it now.

vokoban on November 30, 2007 at 8:05 am

On the Estella page it lists this theater as another name. It’s a different address so maybe I made a mistake a long time ago when I added it.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 11:45 am

Here is the text from the Main Street story:

“For ten cents one can behold, supine in an ornate coffin, the mortal remains of one Elmer McCurdy, erstwhile Oklahoma bad man. Elmer cheated the law which demanded his life after one of his murderous affrays, by swallowing cyanide of potassium. His remains were embalmed and the combined action of the cyanide and the ingredients of the embalming fluid pumped into the cadaver caused it to remain in a remarkable state of preservation”.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 11:39 am

I think one of the sections I lopped off discussed a corpse named Elmer that was on display somewhere on Main Street. I believe this was a former bank robber who died in the teens. His body ended up at the Long Beach Pike, where for years it was assumed he was a mannequin. When they were moving him during the Pike’s closing his arm fell off and they realized that he was an actual human being. He was then buried, so he had some dignity at the end, anyway.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 11:31 am

I was in a rush this morning so I may have left out a few sections, but I thought it was interesting reading regardless.

vokoban on November 29, 2007 at 9:09 am

great article Ken….I wish I would have seen that before the Mainly Main tour I volunteered for at the Conservancy.

vokoban on August 22, 2007 at 5:31 am

(April 19, 1924)
Up Main street among the business houses patronized by the Mexican population the lenten color persisted. El Teatro Hidalgo, usually given over to motion-picture drama of love or adventure, had a religious picture and the posters depicted the tragedy of the Cross. Beneath a huge cardboard crucifix sat a young man with a megaphone who cried: “Death and passion of Christ.”

(Nov. 8, 1931)
Teresa Bodrero to Teatro Hidalgo, Ltd., 373 North Main street, term 9 years.

vokoban on August 22, 2007 at 5:31 am

Reposted from Estella Page:

(June 2, 1918)
Among many other cosmopolitanisms, Los Angeles now harbors a real Mexican theater. Located in the heart of Sonoratown, it is housed in the Teatro Hidalgo, which, translated into plain, unassuming English, means simply the Exalted Theater……With the 3x5 stage of the exalted playhouse at No. 371 North Main street, the Mexican company finds itself somewhat restricted in the presentation of dramatic spectacles…..The house itself is one of the stand-bys of lower Los Angeles, and has seen every variety of service, from burlesque and motion pictures to an animal show and high-class foreign theatricals.

vokoban on August 22, 2007 at 5:29 am

After looking at Ken’s reposted photo more closely it is pretty good proof of this theater’s location. You can just make out ‘40’ on the awning of the building to the right. When I looked on the Sanborn map the address for the Hidalgo, 373 N. is next door to 401 N. Main. For some reason they skipped some addresses.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Here is a ca1926 photo from the L.A. library collection which depicts the orchestra of the Teatro Hidalgo.

The front of the Hidalgo faced east, down Arcadia Street,which ended at Main Street. The photo to which ken mc linked above shows, at far left, a corner of the distinctive awning of the Baker Block, which was at the southeast corner of Arcadia and Main Streets.