Alameda Theatre

5136 Whittier Boulevard,
East Los Angeles, CA 90022

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Clifford A. Balch, Percy A. Eisen, A. R. Walker

Firms: Walker & Eisen

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: United Artists Theatre

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UA Alameda Theatre exterior

The Alameda Theatre was a sister to the Four Star Theatre in Los Angeles, the United Artist Theatre, Pasadena, and the United Artist Theatre, Long Beach. From 1972 until it closed in 1986 it screened Spanish language movies.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm

It’s not an auto showroom anymore.

kencmcintyre on August 2, 2007 at 3:14 am

The function should be retail.

kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Here is a 1983 photo. Maybe I should show this to the owner of the building.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Here is a 1981 photo. You can see the top of the Golden Gate theater in the background.

Mackie on May 27, 2009 at 7:27 am

You will also see it briefly in two shots of Whittier boulevard at night, with marquee lights bright and glowing in the film “Boulevard Nights”.

Not only was that retail store once a movie theatre, it was once a movie star.


Dublinboyo on May 29, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Yeah, just saw this theater in the 1979 film “Boulevard Nights.” The ese vato younger brother “Chuco” walks right in front of it as he wanders the nightlife of East L.A watching to make sure that “11th Street” don’t put a filero in his back.

aiboy on November 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

does anybody recall snow white and the seven dwarfs playing at this theater.

gflores on August 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Does anyone remember when this theater was called the United Artist the Ua for short. It was a great little theater, not the golden Gate but nice theater.

rivest266 on March 15, 2021 at 9:29 pm

Closed 1986. Spanish movies from 1972-1986.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on August 10, 2022 at 11:24 am

Currently some type of “dollar” store.

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