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Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960

UCLA Film & Television Archive

Pictured left to right: Angel Espasande and Xonia Benguria in Casta de roble , 1954, Cuba, directed by Manolo Alonso. Photo courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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This film exhibition explores the vibrant Spanish-language film culture of Los Angeles, when films from Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and Hollywood screened in the long-gone movie palaces of LA’s Latino neighborhoods.

Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960 will recreate the Spanish-language film culture of downtown Los Angeles with an extensive program of film screenings. Between 1930 and 1960, Los Angeles played host to a vibrant Latin American cinema culture centered on North Main Street’s Mexican-American neighborhoods, where nearby venues such as the Teatro Eléctrico, the California Theatre, and the Million Dollar Theater showed films originating from Mexico, Argentina, and Cuba. Los Angeles was also a center of production and distribution for Spanish language films. Not only have a number of the downtown cinemas been destroyed or fallen out of use, but virtually all of the films have also fallen out of history, often unpreserved or tragically lost. With Recuerdos de un cine en español , audiences and film historians will rediscover Los Angeles as one of the most important hubs in the Western hemisphere for the production, distribution, and exhibition of films made in Spanish for Latin American audiences.

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September 23, 2017 - December 10, 2017


West LA & Valley




Film & Video