The Yost Theater Is Ready for Its Closeup

The renovated, revamped venue is ready for its grand reopening. So why aren't all of its downtown Santa Ana neighbors celebrating?

Even Teresa Saldivar, who owns Teresa's Jewelry, is excited about the whole thing. From the ages of 12 to 18, she manned the ticket booth at the Yost. (Her aunt married Alfonso Olivos, the brother of Louie Olivos Jr.) "I really enjoyed it; the movie would start, and I'd do my homework, then I'd go backstage with all the movie stars. . . . When the Olivoses left, we missed them tremendously."

Saldivar would've preferred the Yost host more cultural entertainment. "But as long as it's being utilized, I don't have a problem [with it]. Just get some traffic in here," she says. Maybe, when the kids at the Yost grow up, they'll buy jewelry from her, she adds.

"The other day, I was talking to one of my employees about the Yost," Saldivar says. "Her kids are 15 and 18. She said, 'I'll pick them up from the Yost instead of taking them to LA—we need a venue in Orange County.'"

Dennis Lluy and partner Dave Leon have invested their life savings into the Yost Theater
Miguel Vasconcellos
Dennis Lluy and partner Dave Leon have invested their life savings into the Yost Theater
Miguel Vasconcellos

Location Info

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The Yost Theater

307 N. Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Music Venues

Region: Santa Ana

Details

The Yost Theater, www.yosttheater.com. Grand opening with Colette and DJ Heather on Aug. 5, followed by Unwritten Law on Aug. 6, Thrice on Aug. 13, Nekromantix on Aug. 14, Elefante on Aug. 31, and Mexican rap-rock band Molotov on Sept. 4. Call for performance times and ticket prices.

This article appeared in print as "Change of Venue: A renovated, revamped Yost Theater is ready for its grand reopening. So why aren't all of its downtown Santa Ana neighbors celebrating?"

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