Boulevard Theater

4549 E. Whittier Boulevard,
East Los Angeles, CA 90022

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Boulevard Theatre exterior

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Opened as the Red Mill Theatre in around 1926. This Moderne style neighborhood theater is more angular than streamlined in a style it gained when remodeled in around 1937. The nine letters of “Boulevard” projected seperately off the horizontally lighted tower.

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William on June 4, 2009 at 7:54 am

As ken mc pointed out the location should change to East Los Angeles area to go along with the other theatres nearby on Whittier Bloulevard. And the added aka Teatro Boulevard.

ELChicano on November 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

When was “Boulevard” changed to ‘Huggy Boy"?

There is or was another “Huggy Boy” sign I think somewhere also on Whittier Blvd. Anyone know where exactly?

shilo07 on April 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm

great theatre isaw ghost and i come in peace.

girlpod on October 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I danced on the Huggy Boy Dance Show in 1974 during Teeny Bopper Days when I was 5 yrs old. I’m now 41 and I’ve been looking for any kind of archive footage of the show to share with my daughter. I’ve tried YouTube and other similar sites but have found nothing. Is there anybody out there that can help me find any footage of the show. I’d like to show off!!!

raf3412 on November 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Does anyone remember who sang a song on the Huggy Boy Show with the chorus “I’m not black, I’m not white, I’m in the middle, I’m just right. Que viva, viva La Raza!” My wife thinks it was the theme song to the Huggy Boy Show. I remember hearing it a lot on that show.

I also would like to see old reruns of the Huggy Boy Show. Anyone out there with old tapes?

coweyhere on December 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

Here is a photo I shot in December 2010:

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Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 3:16 am

The 1926 Los Angeles City Directory lists the Red Mill Theatre at 4549 Whittier Boulevard. A comment by kenmc made on November 5, 2007, says that there is a 1930 listing in the Los Angeles Times for the Red Mill Theatre at the same address. The Los Angeles County Assessor’s office says that the building at this location was built in 1922, with an effectively-built date of 1928. The Boulevard is apparently older than we thought.

I didn’t find a theater listed at this address in the 1923 City Directory, and no theater is listed for it in the 1932 directory, but the 1929 directory lists the Red Mill Theatre at 4551 Whittier. The 1936 directory lists the Boulevard Theatre at 4549.

JokesOC13 on February 25, 2012 at 3:57 am

raf3412 the name of that song is called “Viva La Raza” and sung by the group called Zapata, I know this because i have the 45rpm record

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