Golden Gate Theatre

5176 Whittier Boulevard,
East Los Angeles, CA 90022

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Golden Gate Theatre building exterior

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Fox’s Golden Gate Theatre opened in 1927 with 1,345 seat and had two seperate marquees.

Located inside a little courtyard, the theatre was about 75 feet long inside.

The outer building containing shops and restaurants was razed a few years after the Whittier earthquake.

The remainder, which is the actual theatre building, was left sitting in the middle of the lot, with nothing around it.

On August 18, 2012, a CVS drugstore opened in the former theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on May 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Sorry, Shilo, William is correct. The retail surrounding the theater was torn down; the theater remains. CVS is planning on opening a drug store in there.

svaldez724
svaldez724 on May 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

i live not far from this historic theater. i grew up in echo park (Los Angeles) but remember that theater well. someone mentioned another theater further down whittier blvd. that would be the garmar theater in montebello, also closed down. today – may 2010 the garmar is now a bank; sprctrum bank but it too is a local community landmark. i believe the community must rise up like in the days of old to restore these iconic places like the golden gate and put them to good use.

MJuggler
MJuggler on May 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

The Theatre is still there and here are photos of the interior from last year, plus some old photos:
http://tinyurl.com/eastlagoldengatetheatre

We at the LAHTF hope we can get inside and get current photos and video of the theatre before the CVS moves in, but no promises.

dctrig
dctrig on November 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I made it a point to visit as many old movie theaters in LA-Orange County before they closed and managed to see “Top Gun” at the Golden Gate in 1986. The long walkway from Whittier Boulevard to the box office was reminiscent of the Egyptian in Hollywood.

There was an old stationery store nearby that I used to patronize.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

I drove past the site yesterday. The building just sits there, waiting for something to happen.

WhiteOrchid
WhiteOrchid on June 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Wow … I Used To Come Here As A Child With My Parents And Later Brougt My Oldest Son A Couple Of Times To Watch Movies Before It Closed … Nice Memories .

drb
drb on July 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

http://laeastside.com/2011/07/a-sad-farewell-requiem-for-a-palace-the-golden-gate-theater/

Bad shape, but we knew this, and ones in much worse condition have been restored. Hope CVS keeps its promise to not do anything that can’t be reversed, and hopefully clean things up a bit first.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Article about CVS opening http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/08/former-east-l-a-movie-palace-debuts-in-new-role-as-drug-store/

gflores
gflores on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

Broke my heart when they tore down the retail space around the theater. At least the building is still there. but of course the beautiful box office and the refreshment stand and stairs are gone. in the forties the stage had the most beautiful curtain that rose up in scallops. So sad.

gabrielsoto
gabrielsoto on October 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

WOW Insane I grew up right down the street from the golden gate, Im in my 50’s now but I used to shine shoes right infront of the golden gate theater wow….It was 1969 what a year I would go down to the blvd ask the manager of the theater if me and my brother could clean the theator after the movie ended and he would let us watch a movie for work done..geat times… we would wonder all threw that building in was in great shap back then… I was also right infront of the theator when the whitter riots broke out.. Tell you about that next time i sighn on… thank you for the great pics. Gabriel Soto

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