Bonito Theatre

410 N. Ford Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90022

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One of many independent movie houses in the Los Angeles area. The Bonita Theatre is located in the Belvedere district of East Los Angeles.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 2, 2007 at 7:24 pm

I don’t know if this is the same place or not, but the Motion Picture Herald of February 27, 1932, had a small item saying that Frank Pratt had taken over the lease on the Garden Theatre, Belvedere Gardens, East Los Angeles. The name Belvedere was historically applied to a good-sized swath of the unincorporated east side, though, including some commercial districts along First and Third Streets and Brooklyn Avenue, so Garden Theatre might have been an early name of some other theatre in the area.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 2, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Joe; The Garden Theatre was located at 4511 Anaheim Road, Belvedere Gardens. Other theatres listed in this district in 1950 were….Golden Gate, New Boulevard, Royale, Strand and United Artists all of which were on Whittier Boulevard.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 3, 2007 at 5:46 pm

On 1/22/50, the features were “Barbary Pirate” and “Fury at Furnace Creek”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 3, 2007 at 10:42 pm

LA Times lists the Keystone theater at 1520 E. 1st on 4/9/42. Is this theater listed under another name?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 3, 2007 at 11:08 pm

The theatre that Cinema Treasures has listed at 1520 E. First St. is called the Aliso Theatre. It probably got renamed when the Aliso Village housing project was built across the street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 3, 2007 at 11:25 pm

KenRoe: Anaheim Road must refer to the street now called Telegraph Road, which shows up on old maps as Anaheim-Telegraph Road. Interestingly, the 4500 E. block was probably right at the southern end of Ford Boulevard, so the Garden was probably about a mile and a half south of the Bonito. The Garden would most likely be gone now, as the intersection of Anaheim-Telegraph Road and Ford Boulevard was pretty much obliterated by the construction of the Long Beach Freeway-Santa Ana Freeway interchange.

I don’t think the Garden Theatre is listed at Cinema Treasures.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 6:18 pm

There is a print shop on the first floor. I took a couple of photos. Status should be changed to retail.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 10, 2008 at 5:13 am

The L.A. County Assessor’s office gives the date of construction for the 7403 sq.ft. building at this address as 1925.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

The Bonito Theatre should be listed as being in East Los Angeles, as it was well outside the Los Angeles city limits.

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