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Sunbeam Theater

6525 Compton Ave
East Los Angeles (Los Angeles) CA

Record #12754  
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 1200 seats
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A paragraph in the January 31, 1920, edition of the Cleveland Advocate describes racial segregation at the Sunbeam Theater in Los Angeles:

Discrimination Costs Movie Theater $200

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 26. -- It has cost a movie picture theater proprietor here just $200 for discriminating again a Colored patron. John H. Bates, plaintiff, and treasurer of the Second Baptist church here, sought to attend the Sunbeam movie theater here, conducted by a white former overseas officer, but was refused admission, and then, later, on tendering his money was overcharged. He placed the case with Attorney Clarence Jones, who immediately filed suit, and after a trial, Judge Shank presiding, judgment was rendered against the movie picture theater proprietor for $100 on each of two counts. Attorney Jones is an Ohio State University graduate, who came here from Columbus, Ohio, after completing his college course, and began the practice of law, in which he is making good. He has filed no less than fifteen of these suits for discrimination, and has won all of them.

Cleveland Advocate, Vol. 6 No. 39 Page 1, January 31, 1920.


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