La Habra Theater
159 E. La Habra Boulevard,
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Previous Names: Garden Theater
According to La Habra Star news archives, the Garden Theater opened on October 1, 1919 as a combination film and vaudevillian house, complete with a stage, orchestra pit, and dressing rooms. Its opening attraction was Tom Mix in “Rough Riding Romance” which was to be shown with Simplex projectors on a nitro-silver screen. Vaudeville was to be supplied by the Orpheum and Pantages circuits. The theatre, which was built by Ed De Gray and managed by I.L. Yost, opened to a capacity crowd with admission prices of 11c for children, 22c for adults, and 28c for loges.
From at least the early-1940’s until the time it dropped out of the listing around the mid-1950’s, it was called the La Habra Theater, however in 1956 a new La Habra Theater opened on Whittier Boulevard.
The old La Habra Theater was demolished in the mid-1960s and its location on Central Avenue (now La Habra Boulevard) would have placed it in front of the civic center and across the street from where Richard Nixon opened his first law office.
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