Mazatlan Theatre

3355 N. Eastern Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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Mazatlan Theatre

Opened as the El Sereno Theatre by November 1942. Since closing the building has been used as an American Legion Hall, a concert hall, a workshop, office space, but was available ‘For Hire’ in 2017.

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MagicLantern on May 22, 2004 at 12:35 am

It was used as a concert hall as recently as 2002. Huge mural on the side of the building – photo can be found here:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2004 at 11:37 pm

This theater was just off of Huntington Drive, and I passed by it frequently while riding the bus to downtown Los Angeles along that street in the early 1960’s. At that time it was indeed an American Legion Hall.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 9, 2007 at 12:11 am

LM: is there an address given for the El Sereno Theatre that got the organ in 1924? I’ve always had the impression that this building on Eastern Avenue dates from the 1930s or 1940s. The theatre listed at CT as El Cameo was built nearby on Huntington Drive in 1924. It may have been named the El Sereno on opening.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2008 at 10:42 pm

DeAnda and Sons is still at this address. Function should be office space.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2008 at 1:27 am

The L.A. County Assessor’s office gives a construction date of 1940 and an effective construction date of 1949 for the building at 3355 N. Eastern Avenue. Unless they’ve made a mistake (it’s been known to happen), this was not the El Sereno Theatre which got an organ in 1924. As I said in an earlier comment, this building does look like it was built in the 1930s or 1940s, even on its back and side walls, so the assessor’s office is probably right about the date.

kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 4:11 am

A search for El Sereno Theater in the LA Times database turns up these items:

An ad for the Cameo in El Sereno in August 1924.
An ad for the El Sereno Theater at Huntington Drive in November 1942.
An ad for a church called the Film Pulpit (formerly the El Sereno Theater) in January 1951.
A June 1970 ad for the El Cameo in El Sereno.

There are some more ads for the El Cameo in the mid 1970s. If I see any reference to an 1920s El Sereno under some other criteria, I will pass it along.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2008 at 4:22 am

The best candidate for the El Sereno Theater to which the organ was delivered is probably still the Cameo, which opened in 1924. However, it’s listed under the name Cameo in the 1925 city directory page ken mc linked to in his October 18, 2008 comment on the Aloha Theatre page. No El Sereno Theater is listed in that directory. It seems unlikely that they’d have opened as the El Sereno and changed the name to Cameo only few months later. My best guess is that the owners of the Cameo didn’t choose the theater’s name until construction was well advanced and the organ already delivered.

DonSolosan on July 30, 2010 at 1:50 am

I stopped by this building today; the American Legion logo is a part of the terrazzo, it is not brass.

LNewnam on September 23, 2011 at 2:26 am

This closed theater was recently repainted and looks better than it has in years. It’s a great name for this L.A. neighborhood. There is another theater about 2 blocks away that is now a used furniture store.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on June 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

Looks like it has been used for some years as a meeting hall / concert venue / rental space. The family that has owned it for decades is trying to raise money to make it a community center. Click this link for info on donating and to see a little movie of the interior and exterior:

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