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Share your story: Spanish-language movies in Los Angeles

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The Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media. It is dedicated to ensuring that film history is explored and enjoyed for generations to come.

In addition to showcasing the golden age cinemas of Mexico, Argentina and Cuba, Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960 recalls the little-known history of L.A. as the epicenter of Spanish-language cinema in the U.S.  A vibrant Spanish-language moviegoing culture emerged in the early decades of the 20th century and thrived downtown, where venues like the Teatro Eléctrico, the Azteca, the Mason, the California, the Mayan and the Million Dollar regularly played Latin American hits, catering to local immigrant communities.  Gradually, most of these theaters faded away while many of the films they screened also fell out of distribution in the U.S.

In this blog we invite audiences to share their experiences of watching Spanish-language films.  Post a comment below and share your story!

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Watch an interview with L.A. moviegoers Ricardo Juan Ponce and Susie Ponce:


Photo of the Mason theater courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.