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Padua Hills Theater
As a solution to their problem, owners Herman and Bess Garner turned their attention to the local Mexican American community. The Garner's turned towards a Mexican American workforce for cooking, cleaning, and waitressing, but more importantly, they also provided entertainment--which often meant singing "Mexican folk songs during dinners and intermissions."2 These performances quickly became popular among the whites who frequented the theater, and soon, the theater became dedicated "to the sole production of plays featuring" these Mexican American Actors--The Mexican Players.3 The theater became the longest-running theater featuring Mexican American actors, culture, and entertainment, and it worked to foster a cultural bridge between the Mexican American and Euroamerican communities.
SourcesOverview: Matt Garcia, A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001). 1. Garcia, 125. 2. Ibid, 128. 3. Ibid, 130.
Claremont, CA 91711
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