City Terrace Cinema
3945 City Terrace Drive,
East Los Angeles,
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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.
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