Aliso Theatre

1520 E. 1st. Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Previously operated by: Eastland Theaters Co.

Previous Names: Keystone Theatre

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Located east of downtown/Little Tokyo district across the Los Angeles River in a district known as Aliso Village. The Keystone Theatre was opened by March 1914. In the 1936 edition of Film Daily Yearbook it was listed as (Closed). It reopened as the Alisio Theatre on March 27, 1946 with Preston Foster in “Guadalcanal Diary” & Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in “Bullfighters”. By 1950 it was operated by Eastland Theaters Co.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on February 27, 2003 at 2:14 pm

The Aliso Theatre was located at 1520 E. 1st Street in Los Angeles.

kencmcintyre on June 3, 2007 at 3:37 pm

This was called the Keystone theater in 1942.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 11:10 am

Advertisement in the LA Times, 3/27/14:

1522 E. 1st Street, near Gless Street

Mutual Program and Pacific Features
Daily Change of Program with a Feature Every Night
Amateurs Monday and Keystone Comedy Thursdays and Saturdays
Admission 5 Cents

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 10:21 am

A new building has been constructed on the site of the Keystone/Aliso. No trace of the theater remains.

MagicLantern on June 30, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Old comment from the Keystone Theatre entry that was retconned: Tom Jurado > Jan 2, 2004 13:33:16 AM EST
I talked to my dad yesterday and he said the Keystone Theater was located a half block west of Gless. That would put it between Gless and Clarence. He also said his sister Dora worked there and would sometimes get him and some of this brothers and sisters in free. He said sometimes Mr. Jones, the theater manager, would stop them and ask them where they were going and they would tell him that Dora said it was okay for them to go in (he’s got a million stories). The Keystone Theatre was located on 1st Street about a quarter mile west of Boyle Avenue. I believe the cross street was Clarence or Utah. The area was known as “The Flats” way back then. I think the theater was demolished years ago, but I can remember passing it everyday when I delivered papers in Boyle Heights back around 1956.

rivest266 on September 30, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Reopened as Aliso on March 27th, 1946. 1st LA Times uploaded.

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