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Golden Gate Theater
Alternative Title
Los Angeles County Building Survey Photo Collection;
Zimmerman, Tom
Photographs taken for Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic Landscapes Survey: documentation is on file
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Heritage Documentation Programs (U.S.).; Historic American Buildings Survey
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.; HABS documentation available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/ca/ca3900/ca3948/data/ca3948data.pdf
Located at 5176 East Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, the Golden Gate Theater was built in 1927, designed by William and Clifford A. Balch, whose other notable contributions include the El Rey Theater on Wilshire Boulevard and the Fox Theater in Pomona. The Golden Gate Theater was designed as a playhouse and movie theater and was built in the Spanish Baroque Revival Churrigueresque-style replicating the entrance to the University of Salamanca in Spain. Originally, the theater was accessed by entrances into the courtyard of the historic Vega Building, an L-shaped retail and apartment building, which surrounded the theater. Damage from the 1987 Whittier earthquake caused the Vega Building to be deemed unsafe and later demolished, and left the 1,500 seat Golden Gate Theater vacant. Many battles followed over the preservation and re-development of the historic site. It is one of a few neighborhood movie palaces left in Southern California and is the only building in East Los Angeles listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012, the building was re-opened and adapted for use as a CVS retail pharmacy.
Detail view of one of the three double wooden doors at the main entrance of the Golden Gate Theater. A band of rusticated stonework is at the base of the building's facade decorated with a band of cast-stone ornament. The entrance is decorated with arched canopies.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection;
Golden Gate Theater (East Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--East Los Angeles
Theaters--California--East Los Angeles
Auditoriums--California--East Los Angeles
Architecture--California--East Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Historic buildings--California--East Los Angeles
Wooden doors--California--East Los Angeles
Arches--California--East Los Angeles
Canopies, Architectural--California--East Los Angeles
Cornice work
Stone walls--California--East Los Angeles
Graffiti--California--East Los Angeles
Whittier Boulevard (East Los Angeles, Calif.)
East Los Angeles (Calif.)
Historic American Buildings Survey Collection photographs
Heritage Documentation Programs Collection photographs
Balch, William G
Balch, Clifford A

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