Cinemaland

1021 North Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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This theatre, located in the Chinatown part of Los Angeles, is no more.

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arclight
arclight on July 22, 2007 at 11:50 pm

When to Pho 78 today and notices this theatre. It’s definitely still there, but shuttered. Will see if I can get some pic next time.

WHong
WHong on August 10, 2007 at 3:23 am

This theatre used to show Hong Kong movies. I remember seeing some of those HK movies here, including “Enter the Dragon” I think, back in the 1970’s. Not only that, but I kind of remember seeing Bruce Lee’s other movies here too, which included the uncut Cantonese/Mandarin versions of:

“The Big Boss”(AKA “Fists of Fury”)
“Fist of Fury”(AKA “Chinese Connection”)
“Way of the Dragon”(AKA “Return of the Dragon”)

I kind of remember “The Game of Death” and Jet Li’s “Shaolin Temple” being shown here, but I don’t think that I saw those back then.

I also remember seeing the following HK movies at the Cinemaland/Royal Pagoda:

“Flaming Brothers”(starring Chow Yun Fat and one of the bloodiest HK movies that I’ve ever seen)
“Martial Arts of Shaolin”(Jet Li)

I think that Jackie Chan appeared here when “the Big Brawl” came out.

reluctantpopstar
reluctantpopstar on August 28, 2007 at 9:50 pm

No, no, there’s nothing there. I went over there a couple months ago to check it out. There’s still a sign reading “Cinemaland.” The front door is locked.

I went around to the back of the building and peeked inside. The door was jammed open. Everything had been ripped out. No seats, everything down to the bare walls.

There was a sweatshop inside. About 3 dozen Asian women sewing things.

I suppose you could rebuild a theater in this space, but it would cost too much, and not too many people live in this part of Chinatown anyway.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2009 at 4:04 am

The 25,000 sq. ft. building on this parcel (starting with the address 1011 North Broadway and extending to the corner of Cottage Home Street) was built in 1962, with an effectively-built date of 1964, according the the L.A. County Assessor’s office.

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