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Golden Gate Theatre

2003 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
5176 Whittier Blvd
East Los Angeles (Los Angeles) CA

Closed National Register 1982
Record #17490  
 Opened: 1927
 Closed: 1986
 Current Use: Retail
Capacity: 1454 seats
Architect(s): Balch & Balch
Architectural Style(s): Churrigueresque
National Register: 1982    Bldg # 82002192
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Statewide Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

When first opened, the theatre was set in a large courtyard, surrounded by a two storied shopping parade decorated in a Spanish style. The surrounding shops were badly damaged in the Whittier Narrows earthquake in October 1987 and were demolished in the early 1990s, leaving just the theatre standing isolated in a huge patch of land.

As of August 2003 there is a battle on between developers who want to rip out the interior and convert the theatre into a possible Walgreen's store and the LA Conservancy who want to retain the buildings features.

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July 2003 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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Last featured 8/19/2003. Last edited 12/22/2018.

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