El Cameo Theater

4907 Huntington Drive North,
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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El Cameo Theater

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This neighborhood theater was in the El Sereno district of the City of Los Angeles. About 1970, when it began running Spanish language movies, the name was altered from Cameo to El Cameo, probably to distinguish it from the Cameo Theater on Broadway in downtown L.A. which was also showing Spanish language movies by that time. It housed a furniture company into the mid-2000’s, and by 2009 was in use as a discount store.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 13, 2004 at 7:45 am


Many thanks for your most informative comments on the Cameo Theater, James Edwards and the El Sereno area.

I list here the 24 theatres operated by the Edwards Theaters Circuit in 1950;
Alhambra: Alhambra, Coronet, Garfield, Single Bill
Arcadia: Santa Anita
Azusa: State
Beverly Hills: Laurel
El Monte: Valley
El Sereno: Cameo, El Sereno
East Arcadia: Edwards Drive-In
Five Points: Tumbleweed
Garvey: Garvey
Los Angeles: Cairo, Elysian, Green Meadows, San Carlos
Monterey Park: Monterey
Montrose: Montrose
Rosemead: Rosemead
San Gabriel: San Gabriel
South Pasadena: Ritz
Tembple City: Temple
Tujunga: Tujunga

From little acorns big oak’s grow eh!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2004 at 8:31 am


Thanks for that list. There are several there that I never knew Edwards owned. I’m especially surprised to see a theater in Beverly Hills, and the four in Los Angeles. I had thought that, before the company began expanding rapidly in Orange County in the 1960s, all their operations were in, or adjacent to, the San Gabriel Valley.

In that decade of the 1950s, I frequently attended eight of those theaters: the Alhambra, Coronet, Garfield, Tumbleweed, Garvey, Monterey, San Gabriel and the Temple, plus Alhambra’s El Rey, which Edwards acquired a few years later. Every single one of them is now gone, the majority of them lost to earthquakes. Neither time, nor California’s unstable geology, has been kind to the theaters of that area.

jmarellano on November 13, 2004 at 8:14 pm

The Monterey theatre was torn down in the early 90’s after being vacant for years. Its now a parking lot for the hospital next door. It was located right next to the gas station that is on the corner of Hellman and Garfield, right off the 10 freeway.

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2005 at 10:42 am

This picture from the LA Library shows the Edwards theater in Azusa as the Village:


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2006 at 6:28 am

Southwest Builder & Contractor issue of January 4, 1924 announced the plans for the Cameo theatre. The architect was J.T. Payne. The project was expected to cost $35,000.

kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Function should be changed to retail.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 30, 2009 at 1:01 am

Over on the Monterey Theatre page, ronp posted an excerpt from a 1990 interview with James Edwards, in which Edwards says that the Monterey, and not the Cameo, was his first theater. I’ve heard both theaters mentioned as his first by various people, but I guess I’ll take Jimmy’s word for it.

shilo07 on April 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

great theatre i used to go there and watch a nite mare on elm street one and two.

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