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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. Interior view of the Golden Gate Theater main entrance lobby looking south. In the center of the lobby is a concession stand with a decorative clamshell backdrop. Behind the concession stand are two stairways that lead to the mezzanine level and doorways that lead to the auditorium. Years of being vacant have left the interior of the theater in disrepair and subjected to vandalism.
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00111520 Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection; GPC_b97_f2_i9 CARL0005242433 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/177
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 Interiors--California--East Los Angeles Lobbies--California--East Los Angeles Concessions (Amusements, etc.)--California--East Los Angeles Staircases--California--East Los Angeles Doorways--California--East Los Angeles Shells--California--East Los Angeles--Art Graffiti--California--East Los Angeles East Los Angeles (Calif.) Historic American Buildings Survey Collection photographs Heritage Documentation Programs Collection photographs Balch, William G Balch, Clifford A