La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Boulevard,
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The La Mirada Theatre was opened by Stanley-Warner Theatres on December 20 1962 with Anthony Quinn in “Barabbas”. In March 1968 it was taken over by Pacific Theatres, and used for movies until 1976 when it was purchased by the city and opened in 1977 as a performing arts center. This seems to be a rare conversion where a stage, fly loft, dressing rooms and all the amenities were added to a relatively modern movie theater. Since that time this beautiful theater, with a large balcony, has had success presenting musicals and other community events. Its popularity is shown by the March 2003 appearance of the Smothers Brothers when all 1,264 seats were sold out for their two-day appearance.
However, the center where the theater is located seems incapable of supporting a movie theater for any length of time. After Pacific Theatres gave up the La Mirada Theatre, they built some shoebox-size cinemas in a covered mall on the same property, which lasted until the mall was leveled in the late-1980’s to construct a big-box center. Krikorian Theatres built a 7-screen cinema at the center in the early-1990’s, which was closed in the late-1990’s and converted to a drug store.
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