Meralta Theatre

10912 Downey Avenue,
Downey, CA 90241

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Meralta Theatre exterior

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The Meralta Theatre served Downey, Norwalk, Lakewood and Paramount with first run movies. There was no need to drive into Huntington Park because the Meralta Theatre was showing the same film that was either at the California Theatre or the Warner Theatre in Huntington Park.

The Meralta Theatre was a great place to see a movie on a Sunday afternoon and I did many times over the years. I remember a little lounge area where one could sit down before the movie or during intermission.

It also had a lounge that was upstairs where women could go with there babies and watch the movie. For an extra 25 cents you could sit in plush red upholstery seats that rocked. During the Summer it offered I belive Wednesday matinees for kids that featured an older movie and cartoons.

I belive the Meralta Theatre closed in the early 1970’s, not sure. I remember seeing “I Never Sang For My Father” there in 1970. The theatre was demolished in 1978 and a parking lot is there now. If I close my eyes I can see it like it was just yesterday.

Contributed by DAVID SWAIN

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 14, 2008 at 4:29 pm

That’s news to me. I have never heard of any LCD screen that can burn. They can suffer from image persistence which is usually not permanent.

mr3d
mr3d on November 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Different but same result. I have two Viewsonic’s that PERSIST so far permanently. Newest models (past two or so years) don’t seem to have the issue.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Maybe it only happened with older models. This is the first that I’ve heard about it being permanent. Thanks for the warning.

richjr37
richjr37 on February 14, 2009 at 10:01 am

Growing up in nearby Cudahy,i saw many movies here.

Before moving to Texas with my parents in 1977,the last thing i remember seeing here was “Silver Streak” on a double bill with “Phantom of the Paradise” in ‘76.

This was the place to see Disney movies,as well

drb
drb on April 12, 2010 at 8:28 am

Here’s another completely different look for the Meralta:
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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

Featured in this 1949 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

$100,000 renovation described in this 1961 trade article: Boxoffice

Gonzo_Greg
Gonzo_Greg on July 27, 2012 at 4:57 am

Saw a lot of films there when I while I was matriculating through Warren High School as a VERY fat GUY…which I WAS, back in the ‘60s.

It was a great refuge for a lonely kid. They should never have closed it.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

This photograph of the Castle Theatre was taken by George Mann in 1926.

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