The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday nominated the Unique Theatre in East Los Angeles as a historic landmark.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the resolution nominating the theater in her district.
“East L.A. is the cultural heartland of the Eastside,” Solis said. “With its unique public art, cultural assets and traditional restaurant eateries, this community serves as a beacon of traditions and memories for countless generations.”
The Unique Theatre is a Spanish-language theater and community event space in the 3600 block of East 1st Street near North Gage Avenue in what Solis characterized as one of the most historic commercial shopping districts in the county.
Built in 1927, according to Solis, the theater is an example of Art Deco architecture with classical details. Solis pointed to the facade, dramatic “blade” sign and marquee as significant features.
The board’s nomination — which excludes the building’s fire-damaged auditorium and other buildings on the property — will protect the theater during review by the Historical Landmarks and Records Commission, according to Solis’ acting communications director Kimberly Ortega.
The commission will hold a public hearing to determine if the property meets the criteria for landmark designation and then provide a recommendation to the board.