Ivy Theater

3937 Whittier Boulevard,
East Los Angeles, CA 90023

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The Ivy Theater was listed in the 1914 city directory at 3937 Stephenson Avenue (which has since been renamed Whittier Boulevard).

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on October 30, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Sometime in the 1950s, I think. It would have been the 5 going through East LA. I found the street on a 1944 map around that area, but today’s Thomas guide has no Stephenson Street.

kencmcintyre on October 30, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Funny that there were three theaters on this unassuming street at one point, the Jewel, the Ivy and the Euclid. Now buried under a few tons of concrete.

kencmcintyre on October 30, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Let’s bulldoze the first one. Editor please note. Can we also eliminate the duplicative Tilton Theater in Northfield, NJ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2007 at 11:34 pm

Doesn’t the directory give 3937 Stephenson as the address for the Ivy, or has this monitor finally destroyed my eyes?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2007 at 3:36 am

Oh, and Stephenson Avenue isn’t gone (I don’t know why I didn’t notice this immediately.) The name was changed to… Whittier Boulevard! And, if the Ivy was at 3937 (I’m now pretty sure that’s the number the directory gives), then it should be listed in East Los Angeles rather than Los Angeles, as the 3900 block is a bit east of Indiana Street, the city limits.

Also, this probably means that we can bulldoze both of the Jewel Theaters in Los Angeles, since they apparently both duplicate the Jewel Theater in East Los Angeles, at 3817 Whittier Boulevard.

kencmcintyre on November 1, 2007 at 6:47 am

It could be 3937. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. Thanks for the info.

kencmcintyre on November 1, 2007 at 7:41 am

Here is a 1944 street guide. Stephenson Avenue is in E-40:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2007 at 3:43 pm

LM: It’s most likely that only the street name would have changed, so if the Ivy’s building still existed it would probably be at 3937 Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles. That would be on the north side of Whittier near Ditman Avenue.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Not only should the address be changed to 3937 Whittier Boulevard, the location should be changed to East Los Angeles, as the address is east of Indiana Street and thus outside the Los Angeles city limits.

kencmcintyre on July 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Here is a March 1914 ad from the LA Times. The address is a little different.

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