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. It was opened in 1939. In the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, it housed a nightclub, and then became a church until they moved out in 2009.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 20, 2006 at 5:45 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 8:26 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
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 1:24 pm

The Monterey is currently a church.

Ostrichgirl
Ostrichgirl on January 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Any one know who to contact about renting this place?

historichomeslatheatre
historichomeslatheatre on August 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

In pulling the original building permits what I found is that it was designed by Barcune & King in 1939. [It replaced earlier homes]. The contractor was Floyd R. Fisher. The marquee was by Blaine Noice and the marquee contractor was the Tru-Ad Neon Sign Co. The interior tiles were by the Diato Flooring Co which also did magnisite floors.

On another note, I do know the owners and will give that information to the person who wants to know how to rent it if you contact me and if it is not already rented.

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