CVS/Golden Gate Theatre | Los Angeles Conservancy
Golden Gate Theatre
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CVS/Golden Gate Theatre

Built in 1927 at the prominent corner of Whittier and Atlantic Boulevards in unincorporated East Los Angeles, the former Golden Gate Theatre is one of a handful of neighborhood movie palaces remaining in Southern California. It was the first building in East Los Angeles to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

The Spanish Churrigueresque-style theatre was designed by William and Clifford Balch, who also participated in the design of the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard and the Fox Theatre in Pomona. The Vega Building, a historic retail building that once surrounded the theatre, suffered severe damage from the 1987 Whittier Earthquake and was demolished in the early 1990s. The theatre sat vacant until it was adapted for use as a CVS retail pharmacy in 2012.

Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy.

Helms Bakery District

During its heyday, Helms Bakery offered over 150 different products, employed 2000 workers, and operated over 1,000 delivery trucks plying over 880 routes from Fresno to San Diego.
Image courtesy of Vibiana | Redbird.

Vibiana | Redbird

The effort to save the Cathedral of St. Vibiana was a defining moment for Los Angeles preservation. Its creative adaptive reuse solution continues to serve as a model for projects across the region.
Photo by Stephen Russo

Million Dollar Theatre

Created for theatre impresario Sid Grauman as his first Los Angeles venue, the 1918 Million Dollar Theatre was one of the earliest and largest movie palaces in the country, boasting 2,345 seats.