El Monte Theatre

11006 Main Street,
El Monte, CA 91731

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Valley Mall has gone back to its historic name, Main Street. Address numbers are unchanged.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2014 at 8:27 am

Google Street View shows that the modern address where the El Monte Theatre’s entrance used to be is 11006 Valley Mall. Current ground floor tenants are a pharmacy and what might be a clothing outlet or might be a garment industry sweatshop, or maybe both.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm

ArchitectDB says there is a “d” in the architect’s name: Heitschmidt. He worked on some pretty impressive projects, but usually as the associate of some better known lead architect.

Zeke on August 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

As of April 2012 the El Monte Theatre has been transformed into a two story office complex with a dentist office on the second floor. A local developer purchased the theatre and built the dentist office for his daughter. He is developing a small night club and event center on the first floor and is considering knocking a large opening in the house left wall to have patio seating in the parking lot next to the theatre. Nothing remains of the original decor of the theatre and it is very difficult to see any traces of the theatre architecture except for the exterior blade sign.

Trolleyguy on March 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

The CBS show “48 Hours Mystery” had a shot of the theater marquee in a recent show.

coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

A photo from Sept 2009:

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Hilltopper11 on November 20, 2008 at 9:52 am

It’s hard to believe now, but in the 1950’s this was a going concern. Around 1955, we went to see “Song of the South” at a Saturday matinee. We lined up down Valley, and when we finally got into the show, they were seating us IN THE AISLES on the floor, aligning a row with a seat row, filling each aisle about halfway across. I think they got an additional 2 or 3 kids per row doing this. Hey what did I know, it was 4th grade!

DonSolosan on January 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

The building has been stripped bare, and they’re planning on using it for retail, so it’s not really a theater any more.

DonSolosan on January 3, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I stopped by yesterday. The vertical El Monte sign remains, but there’s little else left of this place.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2007 at 7:39 pm

The El Monte was built for Arthur Sanborn, founder of Sanborn Theatres, which today operates using the name The Movie Experience.

kencmcintyre on December 3, 2007 at 6:55 pm

This is a website for a recently added theater in Temecula. I don’t know what the connection is between the El Monte and the Temecula theater:

ChrisB on June 1, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Here are a couple nighttime shots (as mentioned above) from 1992:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2005 at 2:04 pm

The address listed above for the El Monte Theatre, 110 East Valley Boulevard, could be useful for searching old property records, but due to a street renumbering in the 1950’s and a renaming in the 1960’s, the current address of the theatre building is the one shown in the (now dead) picture link in Chuck 1231’s comment: 11020 Valley Mall. The zip code is 91731.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 25, 2004 at 11:29 pm

Construction of the El Monte Theatre was announced in the publication Southwest Builder and Contractor, issue of 2/3/1939. The theatre was being built for Arthur Sanborn, then the owner of El Monte’s Rialto Theatre (later renamed the Valley Theatre and operated by the Edwards Theatre Circuit) and the architect was Earl T. Heitschmit.

Soesbe on May 27, 2004 at 3:37 pm

I think the facade of this theatre can be seen in Ed Wood’s “Jail Bait.”

ChrisB on December 17, 2003 at 7:31 pm

I have a nighttime photo of the marquee from ‘92 when it was showing Spanish-subtitled films. Later it was being used as a legitimate theatre with Spanish language plays and vaudeville until one play that had some nudity got the place shut down! It’s been closed these last few years and the marquee has been removed. Oh well…