Colonial Theater

Monrovia, CA 91016

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The sale of the Colonial to Associated Theaters, a new chain headed by C.L. Langley, was announced in the LA Times on February 21, 1926. Langley was a former investor in the West Coast theater chain.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2008 at 7:53 pm

J.D. Wiley’s “History of Monrovia” says the Colonial Theatre opened on February 20, 1920.

The reason I never submitted the Colonial to the database is because I’ve never been able to discover if this was just an earlier aka for the Monrovia Theatre. Somebody needs to find an address for the Colonial, to see if it differs sufficiently from the known address of the Monrovia to confirm they were not the same house.

One thing suggesting that they might be the same theater is that the L.A. County Assessor’s office gives the original construction date of the building at 314 S. Myrtle (the Monrovia Theatre’s address) as 1919. That would fit well with the early 1920 opening date for the Colonial.

BillCounter on March 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

It’s in the 1923, 24 and 25 city directories as the Colonial at 314 S. Myrtle. It’s at #316 in the 1927 directory.

It’s listed as the Monrovia at #316 in the 1937 through the 1948 directories.

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