Montrose Theatre

2226 Honolulu Avenue,
Montrose, CA 91020

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The Montrose Theatre was a small independent theatre which lasted from 1924 to 1987, when it was destroyed in a fire. A parking lot is on the site today.

Contributed by William Gabel

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FriendsOfTheRaymondTheatre
FriendsOfTheRaymondTheatre on January 17, 2004 at 12:44 am

The Montrose Theater was located on Honolulu Blvd. in Montrose. It was not demolished. It burned in the middle of the night. The Montrose Theater is now a parking lot.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on October 1, 2004 at 2:33 am

This should be Honolulu Avenue, not Boulevard.

bpatrick666
bpatrick666 on December 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm

I remember it as an ART film house in the early 80’s

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 16, 2007 at 2:32 pm

Here is a short account of the fire:

3/24/87 Daily News

The Montrose Theater was destroyed by fire early Monday morning in what many longtime residents called a sad end to what had been an important part of the community for more than 60 years. The fire erupted at 4:22 a.m. in the stage area — a remnant of the days when the theater hosted live vaudeville shows as well as motion pictures, said John Orr, a fire investigator with the Glendale Fire Department.

Clarkus
Clarkus on April 20, 2008 at 2:00 am

Ken, Glendale fire inspector John Orr was convicted of numerous arson fires in Glendale and surrounding areas in the middle 80’s. I wonder if the 1987 fire at the Montrose was part of his handywork?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 5, 2008 at 12:23 am

Here is an excerpt from the LA Times dated 3/24/31:

MONTROSE THEATER SOLD

Announcement is made here of the sale of the Montrose Theater to B.G. Meyers, formerly of St Cloud, Minn. Meyers is the son of M.P. Meyers, pioneer property owner in the Montrose area.

BruceVerish
BruceVerish on January 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I saw Meatballs there in 1979

mattnhormann
mattnhormann on November 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I am writing an article on the theater for Montrose-La Crescenta Patch. If anyone has any memories of the theater to share, I would love to incorporate them. Please contact me.

RonKoblin
RonKoblin on January 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hey, Matt – I used to go to the Montrose Theater every Saturday morning I could when I was in the 5th grade (Dunsmore) – about 1956-57… It was a significant event with the Manager actually turning up the house lights and walking onto the stage to have us kids look at our ticket stubs for the Prize Raffle!! Popcorn was about 15 cents and dime candy bars (like Mounds, 3 Muskateers and Butterfingers) were actually 10 cents. A nickel bought a box of “Dots,” “Black Crows” or “Juju Bees.” Admission was 35 cents. The morning event featured a couple of cartoons before a serial showing of my favorite (the real draw after all) “Flash Gordon.” Boy was that a morning we looked forward to!

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