10912 Downey Avenue,
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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.
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