Conchita Gallardo, Padua Hills Theatre

Conchita Gallardo, Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California


Stock #: 202883
Type: Postcard
Era: Real Photo
City: Claremont
State: California (CA)
County: Los Angeles
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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From 1931 to 1974, local Mexican American performers presented Spanish-language, Mexican-theme musicals to a mostly English-speaking, white audience. Located in the college town of Claremont, California outside of Los Angeles, the theater attracted the support of many notable patrons, including local professors, artists, and Hollywood stars. The theater’s proprietors, Herman and Bess Garner, successfully operated the theater as a non-profit business from 1936 to its close with the expressed intent of forging “intercultural understanding” between European Americans and Mexicans. Consequently, the Mexican Players’ plays became recognized as much for their ability to defuse prejudice against Mexicans, as for their entertainment quality. Many Paduanos met and married as a result of working at Padua Hills. Some of the couples include Alfonso and Conchita Gallardo