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10 Interesting Facts About The Yost

The Yost is the oldest Theater in Orange County and is currently registered as a Historic Landmark.

Built for the booming Vaudeville movement in 1912, The Yost was first named The Auditorium only to be renamed The Clunes that same year. It wasn't until Ed Yost purchased the theater in 1919 that she acquired the name The Yost Theater.

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle appeared on stage at The Yost Theater in 1917. In what was one of the first Hollywood scandals, he was later arrested and tried for the murder of a young starlet named Virginia Rappe.

Famous stars of their time, such as silent-film comedian Ben Turpin and vaudeville star Eva Tanguay, performed at The Yost.

Legendary singer Ernest Ball died in the dressing room at The Yost in 1927 while on tour with “Ernie Ball and His Gang.” Ball was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. His grandson is the guitar string entrepreneur Ernie Ball.

Downstairs in the basement of The Yost were once makeshift cells for holding the drunks and criminals of historic Orange County.

During the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, owner Louie Olivos Jr. brought talent of Mexican cinema to The Yost including Antonio Aguilar, and Vicente Fernández. Later in the 1970s, Olivos had celebrities such as Ike and Tina Turner and Sonny and Cher perform at The Yost.

On April 12, 2008, El Centro Cultural and Calacas, with the generous help of the Chase Family, hosted the first cultural event at The Yost after the theater had remained dormant for years.

In 2009 two ambitious guys, Dennis Lluy (founder of Koo's Arts Cafe) and Dave Leon signed the lease to take over the business of The Yost. Their goal is to see The Yost Theater come to life again—Being the oldest theater with the newest technology. In 2011 the theater has never looked better and this goal will soon be realized.

The Yost will be celebrating her 100 year birthday in 2012, we are undoubtedly going to throw her a huge bash. Hope you can make it!

(“This one goes to 11!”)

The Yost sets aside a significant percentage of profits from its operations to subsidize cultural and entrepreneurial based education programs for teens in Santa Ana.