Jade Theatre

315 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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The Jade Theatre was one of many theatres that once lined the South Main Street area in Downtown Los Angeles.

Contributed by William Gabel

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KenRoe
KenRoe on February 12, 2005 at 9:43 am

The Film Daily Yearbook’s 1941 and 1943 list the Jade as having 340 seats. A 250 seat capacity is given in F.D.Yearbooks in the 1950’s. The site of the Jade Theatre is now used as a parking lot.

vokoban
vokoban on March 12, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Apparently, this theater was originally on Broadway and then moved to Main and was called the Wonderland Theater:

June 08, 1908
AUCTION
430-432-434 So. Broadway
(Old Wonderland Theater)

December 26, 1909
The following items are from the Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer. A.C. Martin is preparing plans for a one-story brick
theater building 32x120 feet, to be erected for the owners of the Wonderland Theater on South Main street. It will have a stamped metal front, marble lobby with tile floor, and cement floors in auditorium. The cost will be about $20,000.

September 09, 1921
FIRE IN THEATER
‘Crowd in Near Panic as Flames Burn Cinema Operator'
While attempting to smother a blazing roll of film which caught fire from the heat of a projector in the operating room at the Wonderland Theater, at 315 South Main street early last evening, Milton Guion, age 23 years, the operator, was severly burned on the arms and face. A near panic was caused in the theater when the flames spread from the projector to the interior of the operating room. Many persons rushed to the street. Chemicals quickly subdued the blaze. The fire damage was nominal, but the crowd blocked traffic for more than twenty minutes.
Los Angeles Times

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 2:28 pm

This is a photo of the Novelty at 134 S. Main. What aka do we have that under?
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068912.jpg

vokoban
vokoban on June 21, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I think it is the Liberty:

/theaters/3878/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Thanks. I will post it over there.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2007 at 4:34 pm

If you do a theater search here for a Novelty Theater and nothing is returned for Los Angeles, check the box that reads “previous names” and press the search button again. The Liberty Theater will appear on the list. The “previous names” is actually the aka names.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 10:56 pm

OK, thanks for the tip.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Did the Jade building replace the Wonderland building, or was it just a change of names? Any info on this?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 14, 2007 at 9:19 pm

The Jade was listed at 313 S. Main in the 1938 city directory. By 1942 the Jade is no longer listed, and the Wonderland appears at 315 S. Main.

tpbwest
tpbwest on November 29, 2009 at 9:09 am

I happen to come across some old police reports and rap sheets during an archive search. I saw some of men that were arrested at the Jade for engaging in homosexual sex. I assumed that at one time in the Jade’s history it must have been a gay “cruise” spot, or a place that gay/bi/straight men felt comfortable to meet other men.

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