Theater raided



May 17, 1929

Los Angeles

While I’m on Main Street:

Twenty years after it was built in 1909, the Wonderland Theater, 315 S.
Main, was repeatedly in trouble with the law for showing indecent
movies. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell exactly what was on the
bill because the theater never advertised in The Times.

According to a 1909 story, the theater was a one-story brick building,
32 feet by 120 feet with a stamped metal front, marble lobby, tile
floor and concrete floor in the auditorium, designed by A.C. Martin.

In 1928, theater manager Jamie A. Titus was fined $100 ($1,124.36 USD
2006) "for displaying pictures of indecent acts in front of his
theater." The photos featured "partly clad women," according to The

The next year, Frank L. Titus pleaded not guilty to charges that he
showed the indecent movie "Bare Legs," a three-reeler that authorities
said was "unfit for public gaze" and that he showed indecent photos in
the Wonderland lobby.

On May 16, 1929, jurors deadlocked on indecency charges after a private
showing of "Bare Legs." The prosecutor said he would seek a new trial,
but The Times never reported further on the case. And no, there’s nothing in imdb about "Bare Legs."

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