La Tijera Theatre

6820 La Tijera Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Jan 12, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section.

William on July 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

There was a problem with licensing films during that time in that area of LA. The Paradise Theatre brought an action againist Fox West Coast Theatres, 20th. Century-Fox and Loew’s Inc.. It was about a conspiracy to refuse a license for a 7 day run in Inglewood and Westchester areas of the city. The jury found there had been a conspiracy between Fox West Coast Theatres, 20th. Century-Fox and Loew’s Inc. to refuse to the Paradise Theatre a right to license a non-exclusive 7 day run without competitive bidding between Sept. 18, 1950 to Sept. 17th 1951.
So that maybe one of the reasons why it was a theatre for a short time.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

Didn’t last very long as a theatre. Maybe they were offered a price for the property that they couldn’t refuse.

kencmcintyre on July 15, 2009 at 7:05 am

Here is a January 1949 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm

This is from the LA Times in January 1949. The La Tijera ad is at the bottom of the page. Click on the ad for a better view.

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Here is an LA Times article dated 12/14/52:

The La Tijera Theater has been sold for approximately $300,000 by the Mo-Kan Theater Co. to J.T. Tregoning, Raymond Tauber and Vincent Rehers. The building will be converted into a 16-lane bowling alley with a cocktail bar and cafe. The alley will open in January.

kencmcintyre on February 23, 2007 at 7:28 am

Here is an uncropped version of the photo at the top of the page:

kencmcintyre on September 29, 2006 at 3:07 pm

There are some additional UCLA photos on this page:

froby on March 20, 2006 at 12:49 pm

Ah….but don’t forget this building spent more of it’s life as the “La Tijera Lanes” (Bowling alley) than it did a movie theater. I remember wondering why the bowling alley had a strange planter out front (Old ticket booth) and nice showcases where they used to put the movie posters outside also. It is located on the southeast corner of La Tijera and Centinela, really ugly now and not worth looking at.

Vic82 on July 23, 2005 at 4:52 pm

Another aside: it’s officially located in Los Angeles.

Vic82 on July 23, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Ohhh, it’s that drab office building near the Burger King. I’ve been in there, and it’s hard to believe it was a theater once.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 23, 2005 at 1:23 pm

Vic; go check it out, the LA Tijera Theatre is definately still standing there at the address given here. Ok, it’s now minus its signage, and drive through ticket booth>>> but its still there!

Vic82 on July 22, 2005 at 11:12 pm

My mistake, the Centinela was located in Westcheser, near the west end of Inglewood.

Vic82 on July 22, 2005 at 10:59 pm

No, the Centinela Theatre was a drive-in (now apartment complex) on Centinela Ave. in north Inglewood.

As for this La Tijera theatre turned office building, I’ve never seen it! I’ve been all over the cities near LAX and can’t recall ever seeing that on Centinela and La Tijera. I guess I’ll have top stop by sometime.

MagicLantern on February 2, 2005 at 2:08 am

Was this known as the Centinela Theatre at some point?

jmarellano on January 31, 2005 at 5:12 am

Thanks Ken. Had a mental lapse there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2005 at 11:01 pm

Centinella and La Tijera is only a block west of the Inglewood city limits, and less than two miles from all those theaters that used to be on Market Street. That’s probably why it didn’t last very long- too much competition from theaters in Inglewood and Westchester.

Also, when it was built, the Baldwin Hills were still mostly undeveloped, except for Ladera Heights. There was only a very small population there for the theater to draw on. It makes me wonder why they built it there to begin with, unless they were expecting the Baldwin Hills area to build up faster than it ended up doing.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 30, 2005 at 9:59 pm

The correct street address we found today was 6820 La Tijera Blvd.

That’s what I wrote down on my sheet as we stood outside the former theatre.

jmarellano on January 30, 2005 at 9:00 pm

Also, this theatre is in the La Tijera district of Los Angeles, about 3 miles out of Westchester and the Airport area.

jmarellano on January 30, 2005 at 8:58 pm

8260 La Tijera Blvd at the corner of Centinella.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 11, 2005 at 5:14 am

The address is La Tijera Blvd, Westchester, CA. Sorry I dont have a street number.

trooperboots on January 10, 2005 at 10:38 pm

Here was the original exterior of the theater…

… and the superb and sweeping “art moderne” auditorium…