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on this date: Downtown Theaters in 1971

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2006, at 11:35PM

I was chasing various rabbit trails in the archives of the LA Times tonight and happened upon an "Independent Theatre Guide" from the 1970s. In order to make it more topical I wandered around a bit more and found one for September 12th, 1971. By that time the new Downtown of skyscrapers had started to rise and Downtown's theaters were in decline. They were all still open, though, much in contrast to today.

It's a mixed bag: lots of Mexican film, with the rest mostly drawn from the offbeat and exploitation cinema. Fourteen theaters were playing films, and that doesn't even count the various adult venues.

After the jump I've linked each theater to its page on the Cinema Treasures site and each film to its page on IMDB.

Here's what the Downtown theaters were playing thirty-five years ago on September 12th, 1971:


Long Duel (1967), The Stranger Returns (1967), Beach Red (1967)


La Vida Inutil de Pita Perez (1970)


La Viuda Blanca (1970), Leyenda del Bandido


Slaves (1969), The Bravados (1958), North to Alaska (1960)


La Generala (1971), Me Ha Gustado Hombre (1965)

Los Angeles

Soul to Soul (1971), Big Doll House (1971)


Rosas blancas para mi hermana negra (1970)


Love Story (1970), 5 Card Stud (1968)


Creatures the World Forgot (1971), War Between the Planets (1966)


La Noche del Halcon (1968)


Shaft (1971), Murphy's War (1971), The House that Dripped Blood (1970)


Evel Knievel (1971), The Hunting Party (1971), Hell's Angels on Wheels (1967)


The Omega Man

United Artists

Emiliano Zapata (1970), El Pistolero Desconocido (1967)


The Seven Minutes (1971), Mephisto Waltz (1971)


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