Boulevard Theater

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

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organnyc
organnyc on March 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

The Red Mill Theatre contained an organ built by the Robert-Morton Organ Company and installed in 1923. This date probably coincides with the opening date of the theatre.

fg1974
fg1974 on November 22, 2015 at 10:44 am

There was a film horror film during this period called"Eaten alive" directed by Tobe Hooper and also when a stranger calls. by the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Google this title hope it helps out to remember. I remember seeing there. 1978 at this theater.

ton113
ton113 on January 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

i’m from chicago but we lived in l.a. almost every winter since the 70’s up until the early 90’s i seen saturday night fever there in 1978. we lived around the corner on McBride street. there was also a scary movie playing the second feature. if somebody remembers what movie that was please tell me. this was around march of 1978 when the theater was showing saturday night fever. great memories. thanks. i love l.a.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

The 1924 release In Every Woman’s Life is advertised on the marquee of the Red Mill Theatre in this Frank Meline photo from the USC Digital Archive. The name Red Mill does not appear on the marquee or anywhere else on the building that I can see, but there is a big windmill on the roof of the auditorium. The theater was built in 1922, so was fairly new when this photo was taken.

JokesOC13
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

Joe Vogel
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.

coweyhere
coweyhere on December 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

Here is a photo I shot in December 2010:

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raf3412
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?

girlpod
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!!!

shilo07
shilo07 on April 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm

great theatre isaw ghost and i come in peace.

ELChicano
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?

William
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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

Location should be changed to East Los Angeles. Teatro Boulevard should be added as an AKA. Here is a 1984 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/ddm64v

whiteowl
whiteowl on March 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

The Montebello Ballroom and The Kennady hall With Rosie and the Orginals the Midnighters AND MORE – best dress contest lol… GIRLS AND GUYS CLUBS MOST MEMBERS WIN A TRUPHY THAT WAS FUN.. bye Eddie torres. PS I got 2nd Pls. The girls from Presciousmarblets got first bye a toss of a coin darn .. So i Cruzed the blvd..

whiteowl
whiteowl on March 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Ya you tell em tony, be there too at a lot of dance shows got my friends in to.it was on tv i think eddie is still around some where realy nice guy had my own club about 20 girls and guys we show up for all the dances from E.l.A, to El monte to hollywood exc. i had my first car then was 16 yrs old 56 chevy o what a night id pick up my buddys and weed have a ball and i got my friend a job at the montebello ball room new the owner lil old lady even give us a free beer lol .. Smoot better noing as Whiteowl E.L.A. PS love to see them Shows lmao. the better days thanks to huggyboy and eddie…

TonyI
TonyI on March 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

No ever answered the earlier question of how to get copies of Huggy’s TV Shows produced by Eddie? Anyone know where to find Eddie cause he would sure know. I also read that channel 22 KWHY was running the show at one time also. I am particularly interested in the Dec 24, 1973 show and the Dec 31, 1973 shows as I as on those 2 shows and it has an inteview of me by Huggy about how I meet my 1st wife which was on Huggys Show Dec 24th 1973… I sure would like to shows that to my kids and grandchildren today.. Sure would be great if some of the show could be uploaded to You Tube or another similar site.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm

From the LA Times, dated May 11, 1953:

Two bandits yesterday robbed the Boulevard Theater at 4549 Whittier Boulevard, of $270 and fled on foot. Cashier Elsie Lovato, 21, told police that the men asked for two tickets and then produced guns.

WhittierBlvd1970
WhittierBlvd1970 on June 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Christopher C & the town I live in,
you guys are like living history books with stories that will keep the spirit of old ELA
alive,hopefully forever. Thanks for every word you write down. It’s like music to my ears.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Al G.

mattides
mattides on May 31, 2008 at 8:47 am

hey christopher c and town i live in, I loved hearing about the ELA music scene in your comments (including stuff about eddie torres and montebello ballroom). I would love to hear more from a fan’s perspective as I am writing about youth music culture in LA – my email is

whiteowl
whiteowl on May 27, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Hey casper its (Whiteowl) you can ask me anything Bro.

pandulce
pandulce on May 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm

my buddie and i used to sweep and mop the Montebello ballroom and come saturday night we would get the royal treatment free entry and beer, what more can a 16 yr. old ask for lol and the girls wow so many like the precious Marvelettes etc. Eddie torres had the best entertainment for us. in the previous note above im refering to Johnson’s market on whittier blvd. Remember Kurley’s clothing store,if you had a shirt from there you were a pimp! and across the street was Henry’s shoes for the Suedes!the Kennedy Hall also had the greatest dances back in the late 60’s and early 70’s right on Atlantic. any questions feel free to ask!

pandulce
pandulce on May 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

had the greatest mini concerts, thee Midniters, Canibal and the Headhunters,and a list of others! hey remember the carnivals they used to have on Goodrich and Whittier back in the late 60’s early 70’s? when they were through we used to tear down the rides and get paid! almost got electricuted and fall off the ferris wheel taking it down! And last but not least I remeber Food Giant Market right next doo always had somthing for the kid’s Billy Barty throwing mini frisbees and little Oscar giving away Winnie Whistles lol!!! christopher-casper-ceballos ps:dont get me started about the cruising down whittier Blvd,thats your next lesson in history!