Monterey Theatre

2312 Whittier Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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The Monterey Theatre is one of the last neighborhood houses that still line the streets of Los Angeles. In the 80s and into the 90s, it housed a nightclub, and currently is used as a church.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2004 at 4:40 pm

The Monterey Theatre opened in the 1920’s, located on the corner of Whittier Blvd and S. Soto St, it presented English language films up until 1965. By the early 1980’s it was known as Teatro Blanquita presenting on the stage, ‘Adult Only’ burlesque shows direct from Mexico City.

kencmcintyre on January 20, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Ed Wood filmed most of his classics in the Los Angeles area, so it’s a good possibility that the scene was filmed in the Monterey. He probably finagled the use of the theater from someone as a favor.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2006 at 5:26 pm

hdtv: I’ve never seen Jail Bait myself, but William Gabel says that the scene you mention was shot in the Monterey Theatre in Monterey Park. I’ve been keeping an eye on the cable channels in hope that the movie will show up on one of them and I can see for myself. If any of the shots show the back of the house (the screen end of the room was rather nondescript), I’d probably recognize it, as I went to that Monterey many times. It was one of that handful of older theatres that had a section of stadium seating at the back of the auditorium. I never attended the Whittier Boulevard Monterey, but if, as listed above, its style was Spanish Renaissance, then it was probably more ornate than the Monterey in Monterey Park.

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 10:24 am

The Monterey is currently a church.

Ostrichgirl on January 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Any one know who to contact about renting this place?

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