Star Theatre

145 N. First Street,
La Puente, CA 91744

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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.

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

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

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..

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????

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.

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 !!!

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.

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

Thanks for the pictures,guys.

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

Sunnyside
Sunnyside on March 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

I moved out of La Puente in ‘77. I have fond memories of attending the double features at the Star in the late 50’s, the 60’s, and early 70’s. I saw “A Hard Days Night” twice and always saw the Jerry Lewis and monster movies there. I grew up about four houses away on North First Street. I remember the warm summer nights sitting on top of our house looking at the Star’s marquee & glowing star and watching the local guys showing off and/or working on their cars at the Flying 'A’ and John Hancock gas stations right across the street. My parents still own that house and I was there last summer to visit and reminisce. My wife took various pics of me in front of the theatre; great memories!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Although the S.C. Lee archives list this house as the Puente Theatre, I don’t believe it ever operated under that name. I think Puente theatre was just Lee’s working name for it. The owners probably hadn’t chosen the final name when he began working on the design. By Puente Theatre, Lee meant theater project in Puente.

Notice that in this Lee rendering it is called the “Name” Theatre (though obviously not. It just indicates that it hadn’t been given a name yet.) Also note that Bob Garrison and Steve Chambers in comments above both remember it as the Star Theatre as far back as the early 1950s. I certainly remember it as the Star Theatre in the later 1950s.

An early newspaper ad or directory listing for the house under the name Puente Theatre would, of course, convince me otherwise.

comicdetective
comicdetective on February 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Considering its proximity to where I lived, I can’t believe I didn’t go to the theater more than I did. I do remember that the theater was pretty run so that when I saw a double bill of “Legend of Hell House” and “Night of the Living Dead” there were rows of seats missing…

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Here is a late 1940s photo from the UCLA collection:
http://tinyurl.com/9nyjvt

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm

It was still there today, baking in the 101 degree heat. Photos to follow.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I’m heading in that direction tomorrow. Let’s see if the building is still standing.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm

I stopped by yesterday and found the doors chained. The status should be changed to closed.

telston
telston on November 7, 2007 at 11:47 pm

My Father-In-Law was the owner of this theater until he passed away in 2005. He was a good man and did many good things. It’s very upsetting to see the theater set up to be destroyed. I agree with most of you that it is a historical landmark – which could have been included in the future of downtown La Puente. Perhaps one day we will miss it’s character when we stare blankly at the homogeneous town homes, condos and retail that slowly engulf Main Street.

KevinPreston
KevinPreston on September 17, 2007 at 10:40 am

Ken,

I am thinking of going over there maybe this weekend and seeing what the deal is.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Does anyone know the current status? Is the theater now gone?

teresaslo
teresaslo on April 2, 2007 at 9:46 am

I cannot believe that they are going to demolish the Star Theatre! I just viewed the construction of this and they do not make buildings like this any longer. That the city of La Puente thinks that this is redevelopment?! This is a historic building and I thought it fell under the California Historic Preservation Law of 50+ year old buildings. Will have to check into that if it is not too late.
I was born in Los Angeles and lived at the ‘Puente Junction’ and Valinda from 1955-1971. I saw my first movie at the Star theatre. It was the Pink Panther, and Fiddler on the Roof. A Hards Days Night!
I wonder if they ever considered building around it! What a concept!
I hope it is not too late to see it one last time. We are coming down for Easter Week. I currently live in Downtown HISTORIC San Luis Obispo where we cherish our buildings…it has increased our value of our community!
This building is one of the buildings that made Los Angeles what it is today. A place where everyone seems to want to live…..

rqgarrison
rqgarrison on January 30, 2007 at 2:53 pm

I’m very sorry to hear about the possible closing of a historic theatre like the Star. I grew up in La Puente from ‘48 to '71 and saw many, many movies at the Star. The earliest I can remember was the “War of the Worlds” sometime around '52-'53. I also remember being thrown out for running up & down the aisles about the same time :). I lived in the Fairgrove area and would walk to and from the Theatre throughout the '50’s with my sisters and friends. I now live in the Seattle area but would hope the Redevelopment Agency would recognize the Historic character of this theatre and save it. I have many great memories of the La Puente downtown and the High School (I graduated in '64).
Posted by Bob Garrison on Jan 30,2007

William
William on October 24, 2006 at 8:40 am

The former head projectionist for Laemmle Theatres was owner or part owner of the theatre during the late 80’s- 1990’s.