City Terrace Cinema

3945 City Terrace Drive,
East Los Angeles, CA 90063

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This theater was located in City Terrace, a small community in East Los Angeles. It was located on City Terrace Drive near Hazard Avenue. The theater opened after WWII, perhaps in the early 1950’s, and was closed in 1964. The land was purchased by the Archdiocese and in 1970 St. Lucy’s Catholic Church opened on the site.

The theater had an upper deck and a glass enclosed room designed for women with babies or small children. The theater seemed huge, but I was a small child. All the kids in my class would meet in the first two rows every Saturday afternoon.

I attended the movies every Saturday from 1961 until it closed. We called it “the show” and admission was 25 cents for two features. It remains one of my most important and vivid childhood memories.

Contributed by George A. Verdin

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aztecsteele
aztecsteele on February 5, 2010 at 5:29 am

is ther a way i can get a picture on this infamous cinema ? i was born and raised in this beautiful town of City Terrace . if anyone has one or has knowledge of one please reply.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

The City Terrace Cinema was where the church parking lot is now.

aztecsteele
aztecsteele on June 19, 2010 at 5:05 am

can anyone come up with a picture please..it would mean the world !

drb
drb on August 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Is this is, or was this another Terrace theatre?
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 26, 2010 at 6:21 am

-DB, that’s definitely the Terrace Theatre in City Terrace. I don’t remember ever having seen it, but I recognize the neighborhood. Other than the loss of the theater and a few other buildings, and a few new buildings added, it changed remarkably little between the 1950s and the 1980s, when I became familiar with it. Alas, the trolly buses were gone by then, too.

aztecsteele
aztecsteele on August 8, 2011 at 3:22 am

I LOVE THIS PICTURE , I’VE BEEN WAITING 4 SOMEONE 2 POST ANY KIND OF PITURE. THANKS A MILLION !

RaeM
RaeM on December 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

WOW! I remember going to this theatre and sneaking in my penny candy. We would see a double feature and cartoon for .25 – And I lived right across the street behind the Chinese laundry. Instead of taking my .25 to church for the donation basket, I would sneak to the show. I was awfully sneaky!! I would love to see more photos if anyone has any.

mhsam
mhsam on January 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I was born in Los Angeles in 1940 and lived in City Terrace until 1956. I remember attending the City Terrace Theater in the 40’s and 50’s. It was an unusual theater. If you went to the first show, it started in the middle of the movie. They always showed double bills so you’d have one additional intermission to buy snacks. They always had a double bill, a Laurel and Hardy or similar, cartoon so you’d have several hours of entertainment. On school holidays there’d be a special program for kids which cost not more than a quarter and they’d give you a comic book. Again, multiple movies, cartoons, shorts. There’d be a long lines of kids waiting to get in.

annette58
annette58 on February 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

My nana lived on Hauck st and we went to st lucys on sundays, she contributed weekly to build the new church

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