Historic Chinatown's Premier Theater, open since 1948.
The Azteca Theater, built by Gustavo Acosta , opened Nov. 30, 1948 and was the first Spanish language theater in the Central Valley.
It was run for many years by Arturo Tirado, whose family was also involved in theater in Los Angeles.
Central Chinatown is bordered by Fresno Street to Ventura Street, and Highway 99 to H Street. The redevelopment area also includes
the island formed by the Highway 99 and Freeway 41 interchange.
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California History Magazine Volume 83, No. 4
Arturo R. Tirado and the Teatro Azteca: Mexican Popular Culture in the Central San Joaquin Valley, by Manuel G. Gonzales 83-46
THE AZTECA THEATER IN CHINATOWN
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1880 Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Death: Oct. 17, 1963 Los Angeles, California
Romualdo's son Arturo ran the Azteca Theater for many years.
|Excerpt: Brief History of Hispanic Theater in the United States
"The raggedly dressed underdog, the pelado, comes to the fore with his low-class
dialect and acerbic satire. A forerunner of characters like
Cantinflas, the pelado really originates in the humble tent
theaters that evolved in Mexico and existed in the Southwest of the United States until the 1950s. With roots
in the circus clown tradition, and a costume and dialect
that embody poverty and marginality, the pelado was free
to improvise and exchange witticisms with his audiences
that often embodied working class distrust of societal institutions and the upper classes. Although the pelado or
peladito, as he was affectionately called, was often criticized for his low humor and scandalous language, theater
critics today consider the character to be a genuine and
original Mexican contribution to the history of theater.
One actor who played the pelado to perfection was not
even a Mexican but a Spaniard: Romualdo Tirado.
He is without a doubt the most important figure in the history
of the Hispanic stage of this period. Tirado was an impresario, director, singer, actor and the author of numerous
revistas. Tirado had emigrated to Mexico around the turn
of the century and developed a career on the stage there
for fifteen years before re-settling in Los Angeles in the
late teens. In the City of Angels, Tirado became a prime
mover in the Hispanic theatrical and cinematic industries
as a theater-owner and movie producer, and just as importantly, he was also one of the catalysts that brought
about the writing and staging of local plays and revistas."
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