Today’s photos depict the ushers of Santa Ana’s West Coast Theatre, circa 1934. Originating from a photo album sold at an Altadena estate sale, the pictures were alleged to have been taken by the theatre’s owner. By 1934, the West Coast was under the ownership of Fox West Coast Theatres, so the ownership reference may have referred to the venue’s earlier operator Charles E. Walker; despite having sold the theatre to Fox West Coast in 1925, Mr. Walker was retained as director for a number of years. He would have been around sixty-one and a decade removed from the sale, at the time the picture was taken, so there is some doubt, as to whether Mr. Walker was the source. The gentleman in the black suit, who appears in the second picture, was likely a theatre manager (but not C.E. Walker).
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