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The Yost Theatre hosted several Mexican-movie premiers and concerts with stars like Juan Gabriel and Vicente Fernandez, while also serving as the residence to Louie Olivos Jrâ€™s (Artistic Director/Founder) Actores de Santa Ana, Orange Countyâ€™s first Chicano theatre group. This movie theatre and playhouse was operated by a Chicano family (the Lewis Olivos Sr. family of Santa Ana, CA) for a large part of the 20th century (from the 1950’s until the 1980’s), until the city of Santa Ana forced the Yost’s doors shut after enforcing Earth Quake code changes without any city subsidization. This theatre, in essence, was unjustly sequestered from the Olivos family by the city of Santa Ana.
This movie theatre was purchased from the Walkers and was operated by a Chicano family (Lewis Olivos Sr. family of Santa Ana, CA) for most of the 20th century (from the 1950’s until the 1990’s) before they sold it to the “Christian Tabernacle.”