4232 Whittier Boulevard,
East Los Angeles,
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According to old newspaper movie guides, there were at least six Strand theatres in the Los Angeles area and this may be the most unknown and forgotten, and probably the only one remaining. Opened as Swickard’s Strand Theatre in 1929. Although it was listed in the guides from the 1930’s and into the 1950’s, always as an independent theatre, judging from the looks of the building, its history probably goes back much further.
It has a prominent stage protruding from the back of the building, which would lead one to believe that it was an early vaudevillian house that seated no more than 500. The Strand Theatre was closed in 1952.
On the outside of the building, are large faded letters, barely discernible, that read: ‘STRAND ADULTS 30c CHILDREN 10c’. The Strand Theatre is located across the street from a large cemetery and is now a warehouse for a company that sells grave monuments.
The building was re-roofed in November of 2001, so the owner apparently plans on keeping it around.
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