On Thursday February 12th, I saw one of my favorite DJs perform at the Yost theater. For my first time partying at an actual nightclub, all I can say was that it was one for the books. It wasn’t until the day after the event that I found out that the Yost theater held a lot of history inside. For example, it’s actually the oldest theater in orange county and it is registered as a historical landmark. It was crazy to experience music from the newest technology being played in a building so historic where thousands of events have been held since 1912.
In 1912, the theater was built and originally named The Auditorium only to be renamed The Clunes shortly after. It wasn’t until a man named Ed Yost purchased the theater in 1950 when the name was permanently changed to Yost Theater. It housed many events like silent film screenings, vaudevilles, other various events before it became a Mexican cinema under a man named Luis Olivos who leased the building for a time. The Olivos family brought Mexican cinema to the Yost with acts like Antonio Aguilar and Vincente Fernandez. In 1986, the building was purchased by the Chase Family who changed the building into a church. Unfortunately, the result of this was the defacing of the interior, which would lead to a cease of any events at the Yost until 2007 when the the Yost planned to reopen to benefit the community as a whole. Since its reopening, it has served as a concert and live performance venue.
There are some interesting facts about the Yost that people might not know. For example, in 1927 legendary singer and Songwriters Hall of Famer Ernest Ball died in the dressing room at The Yost while on tour. Another example includes the downstairs basement where there were supposedly makeshift cells for holding the drunk and notorious criminals of orange county. In addition, the Yost sets aside a significant portion of their profits from their events to subsidize various programs for teens in Santa Ana. Not only does the Yost play a large historical role for the city Santa Ana and the greater LA area, we can see that it also plays a big role in its community, which gives me a better reason to attend more of their events!