Rosebud Theatre

1940 S. Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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Rosebud Theatre

The Rosebud Theatre was part of a long lost theater area in South Central Los Angeles.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on October 17, 2003 at 11:20 am

The Rosebud Theatre was located at 1940 S. Central Ave.

William on May 14, 2004 at 12:31 pm

Over the history of film exhibition. There were theatres that were were called negro theatres. That served the Afro-American population in this country. At one time this theatre was listed as one of them.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2005 at 3:34 pm

This is a photo of the Rosebud employees inside the theater in 1941, courtesy of the LA Library:

kencmcintyre on July 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Here is a November 1924 item from the LA Times:

Three hold-ups, including one at a theater box office, a drug store and a hotel room, were reported to the Central Police Station before midnight last night. None of the hold-up men were caught.

A man stepped up to the box office of the Rosebud Theater, 1940 S. Central avenue, and while W.E. Truston, cashier, was making change for a ticket purchased, reached his hand through the window and grabbed a roll of bills amounting to $43. The robber fled.

In the second hold-up, two armed men entered the Becker Pharmacy at Sixth Street and Westmoreland avenue, and while one covered the clerk with a gun the other rifled the cash register of $125. The hold-up men then walked out of the store and disappeared into the darkness.

A Mr. A. Jual reported to the police that while he was asleep in a room at a hotel at 1347 South Hill, he was awakened by a knock at the door. Upon opening it he was confronted by an armed man, who entered the room, took a sum of money from his trousers hanging in the room and then departed.

MagicLantern on July 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Very likely at the spot where the Tacos Gavilan building sits next to Fernando’s Lumber.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 7, 2010 at 4:41 am

The Rosebud is also listed in the 1915 City Directory, and in the 1942 City Directory. Nothing is listed for this address in the 1956 directory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2013 at 5:49 pm

It might have been only a reopening under a new owner. The Rosebud’s address was the same in 1915 and 1942, so it was probably the same building in 1933. New construction was a rarity in African American neighborhoods during the early years of the depression.

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