619 N. Garfield Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas
Architects: Leonard L. Jones
Previous Names: Mission Theatre
Originally opened in 1924 as the Mission Theatre and closed as a silent movie theatre in early-1930. It was taken over by 24 years old James Edwards on October 9, 1930 having been wired for sound and reopening as the Monterey Theatre with Ben Lyon in “Hells Angels”. This was the first theatre in what would become the Edwards Cinemas chain. The theatre appears in the Ed Wood film “Jail Bait”, and though the marquee is not visible, its interior is. In the early-1950’s it was still operated by the Edwards Cinemas circuit which ran it until around 1980.
In its last years, it was showing Chinese language movies. The Monterey Theatre has since been demolished.
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