Star Theatre

145 N. First Street,
La Puente, CA 91744

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Puente Theatre exterior

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This theater was designed by S. Charles Lee in the Quonset Hut style and opened as the Puente Theatre in late 1947.

It was renamed the Star and during its later years, it ran adult films before being used for live Mexican performances.

It became once again used as a first-run movie theater, operated by an independent operator, but was closed in 2007.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

valwal
valwal on October 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

anybody know what is currently happening to this theater, i been making a lot of research and i cant find anything on it

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for the pictures,guys.

thefilmguy
thefilmguy on July 18, 2011 at 3:03 am

The theater has been used by film and TV productions over the years. The old manager office and even the interior auditorium had been kept in fairly good order. There is a link to photos of these on a location scout page but I’ll need to locate it. Also, the city council had approved the sale of the building and it’s adjacent parking lot so a private developer could demolish the site and construct a multi use condo/merchant shopping center with below ground parking. Alas, the city had licked it’s financial lips too soon. It was discovered that subterranean water tables could not be drained sufficiently to stabilized the building and prevent flooding.So for now the theater sits untouched. It would be wonderful to have some benefactor buy this theater and reopen it as a “Alamo Drafthouse” type venue.

KevinPreston
KevinPreston on March 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Joe Vogel…if you look in the photo section, there is a black and white photo of the Bing Crosby Picture “Road to Rio”—if you look very closely above it, it spells out P U E N T E !!!

runningjer
runningjer on May 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

I remember as a kid seeing a movie there called “Dime with a Halo” It was a local movie about kids winning on a horse bet – they stole a dime from the poor box at Church to make the bet. And they had to get this old guy to get their winnings. He dies on the way to cash in the ticket. Very depressing for a kid.

976Nina
976Nina on November 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

I live in Old Town and pass this theatre everyday. It was always the ‘adult theatre’ since i was a kid. But as an adult, I am now wondering how we can put this building back into use? showing movies that have been out for a while at a lesser cost? Or maybe a comedy venue. Does anyone know how to get this started or make this happen? If the City couldn’t get paid for it, they should be willing to make money off of it and bring in some revenue and a few jobs into the City, right? Our little city, is coming up in the Arts…why not add the theatre back? Anyone out there that can direct me????

jazzfi
jazzfi on January 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

very quaint theater, still has the old classic marquee, it went from general audience films in the 60s, to Spanish speaking movies in the 70’s to adult films in the late70s-early 80s.. always hoped and dreamed someone would buy it and show cool old classic b&w films there for car shows and cruise nites..

Sassyrey1
Sassyrey1 on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Who owns this now??? is it currently open?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Sassyrey1: The Star Theatre is currently closed. As of November, 2012, it was owned by a bank which had foreclosed on it, according to posts on this weblog.

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