Red Lantern Theatre
134 S. Brea Boulevard,
No one has favorited this theater yet
Firms: Jeffrey & Schaefer
Previous Names: Brea Theatre
The Red Lantern Theatre, at a cost of $25,000 and seating 600, opened on March 6, 1922 and was Orange County’s largest theatre to date. A simple advertisement in the Fullerton Daily Tribune proclaimed it as “Orange County’s most beautiful and most original picture and vaudeville palace”. The lessee of the Chinese-themed theatre was L.A. Schlessinger, who in 1915 built the County’s first theatre for the purpose of movies, the West End Theater in Santa Ana. The Brea Historical Society says that the opening attraction was “A Game Chicken” starring Bebe Daniels. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual 4 ranks organ.
In the 1930’s it was renamed the Brea Theatre and about this time, according to the Historical Society, had a manager named Robert Gumm whose niece Frances Gumm became Judy Garland. Always an independent, it received a modern façade and marquee in the early-1950’s.
By the time it closed around 1976 it was operating as an adult movie theatre. It was then used as church before it and most of the downtown area was demolished in 1987.
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.