West End Theater

324 West 4th Street,
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

I’ve come across enough period references to the architect of this theater to be convinced that his name is indeed J. Flood Walker. One item is this from the March 17, 1915, issue of Building and Engineering News:

“SANTA ANA, ORANGE CO., CAL.— "Theatre. 1 story and base, brick. $25,000. Architect. J. Flood Walker. 303 East 4th street, Santa Ana. Owners, West End Improvement Association. The building will be erected at the corner of 4th and Birch streets and will cover a large ground area. There will be two stores besides the theatre. Interior will be finished in pine and ornamental plaster. There will be a special ventilating system, special electric work and metal window sash and frames. Exterior of the building will be faced with pressed brick. Plans are now being prepared.”

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 30, 2012 at 4:48 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

kencmcintyre on September 29, 2008 at 5:21 am

Here is a May 1969 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Here is a 1970 ad from the LA Times:

mhshapiro on July 14, 2006 at 2:09 am

I recently posted pictures on Webshots of the West End Theater, the Fox West Coast Theater, and the Yost Theater in Santa Ana as they currently appear (July 2006).

The name of the album is “Downtowns – Central Orange County, CA” and the URL is:

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There also is a picture of an old theater in Orange, CA in the album.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2005 at 1:23 pm

There is a better than even chance that the correct name of the architect of this theater is John Walker Flood, rather than J. Flood Walker. I have seen both names on cards in the L.A. Public Library database, but I believe J. Flood Walker to have been an error. If someone has access to an old Santa Ana City Directory, or a copy of Who’s Who in California from the 1910s-1920s, the mystery might be cleared up.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 11, 2004 at 2:24 pm

The seating capacity given for Walker’s State Theatre in 1941 is 700.