Cine-Mex Theatre

Miles Avenue,
Indio, CA 92201

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The Aladdin Theatre opened in June 1948 (although no mention is made in Film Daily Yearbooks 1950 & 1952).

It had a change of name to MKA Cinema in 1980 and it was later re-named Cine-Mex Theatre screening Spanish-language films. Closed in 1988 due to not complying with earthquake safety requirements. It suffered damage by a fire in October 1990 whilst in the middle of a remodelling project. It was ordered to be demolished and the owners said they intended to re-build…..

Contributed by Ken Roe

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esinclair on June 17, 2007 at 12:43 am

The Aladdin Theater was the victim of a major arson fire in approx.1958/59. The auditorium was completely gutted and was rebuilt a few months later. The theater managers were a couple with the last name of Van Gortel. The theater (along with the Desert Theater, and the Indio Drive-In) was owned by Robt. L. Lippert Theaters. My father owned a pharmacy in the Aladdin bldg. at the time. If I remember correctly, the projectionist was Ralph King. The theater was equiped with Motiograph projectors rather than Simplex.

MrWillM on March 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

The Aladdin was a great small theater in a good neighborhood when I lived just down the street on Tahquitz in the early-mid ‘70s. It was the ONLY nearby indoor theater. The Desert on Fargo was already showing Spanish movies and the only other nearby theater was a VERY small theater in Palm Desert which had been converted from office space, I think. Palm Springs, of course, had numerous indoor Theaters. Most of those closed during the summer, though. I believe the Plaza stayed open all year.

I remember going there one evening to find the “second” billed movie already playing. When I asked what happened to the other (Rancho Deluxe), the manager said it was so bad and so many people complained, that they pulled it. To this day, I haven’t seen Rancho Deluxe even though it’s been on TV numerous times.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2012 at 5:03 am

The “Images of America” series book Indio, by Patricia Baker Laflin, says that the Aladdin Theatre opened in June, 1948.

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