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The Center Theatre was located at either 4760 or 4762 Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles.
The building could still stand. Everyone thinks the Alpine Theatre in Alpine Village has been demolished, but it’s still there – you just have to know where to look!
Ken, you’ve done a great job on detailing these Southern California theatres despite living so far away! Also known as the New Capitol Theatre (1945), it was located at 127 South El Paseo. I can drive by the address next time I’m down in that area.
The Boulevard still stands. KDAY is back on the air, too – 93.5 on your FM dial, out of Redondo Beach(!).
The theatres I know of in Downey throughout its history are the Avenue, Downey, Meralto and Victory Theatres; the Showcase Cinemas I & II, and the Krikorian Downey Cinema 10.
Bad news: water damage to the projection room almost certainly precludes film screenings for the reasonably near future.
The clubs that have made this theatre their home for the past four or five years have now moved to other venues. Not sure what this bodes for the future of the Las Palmas…
Open through 1969 at least.
December 13, 1973: “The Reverend Jim Jones is arrested in a cruisy movie theater bathroom in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Jones had the bad luck to hit on an undercover LAPD vice officer while masturbating in the Westlake Theatre men’s room.”
Closed December of 1999. This leaves no more adult theaters in Orange County, as the Pussycat in Buena Park was closed in 1998 or so.
This is actually in New Jersey, not Orange CA. Blah!
Tally also ran Tally’s New Broadway Theatre (428 South Broadway), another Tallyâ€™s Electric Theatre (262 South Main Street; both in Los Angeles), and Tally’s Theatre (904 State Street) in Santa Barbara.
Just a few doors down from the now-gutted-for-retail Mann Hastings 3 / Mann Hastings Ranch Triplex / Pasadena Hastings Tri-Plex, this theatre boasts a 60-foot screen (in a spacious, if cold, auditorium) and use to be a 5-plex. It was split into 8 screens in 1994, but you can still see evidence of its former life as a 5-plex on some of the placards just before you go into the far auditoriums. There also use to be a Hastings Drive-In Theatre at Rosemead & Foothill in Pasadena, but that’s another story.
This theatre is now a nightclub.
The street address should be changed from Market to Main Street.
This theatre is located at 5959 Hollywood Boulevard.
I think it was just a board burp, Charles. Has anyone thought of these churches that take over old theatres as simply place-sitters for the time being?
The Tomkat was indeed a Pussycat (it had a long-running engagement of “Deep Throat”). There may still be one Pussycat up in Sacramento, but they’re mostly all gone now.
Come to think of it, the Monica / Tomkat also has a turnstile entrance.
This should be 4335 Glencoe Avenue, not 4935. Also known as UA Cinema 6, UA Marina, and the Marina del Rey 6.
An incredibly impassioned site devoted to the doomed preservation of this theatre can be found here: http://www.positiveenergy.com/YOUsave.html
The address of this theatre, by extension, is 802 South Broadway.
Once upon a time, someone posted this: “C_Jepsen > Apr 14, 2003 2:07 AM EDT
Titan Center (of which the theatre is a part), is one of the largest and last extant examples of Googie archtiecture. Beneath the theatre’s cantilevered folded-plate roof, you’ll find all the elements: Flagcrete walls, vast windows facing busy streets, space-age light fixtures and sub-tropical landscaping. Although no longer used as a movie theatre, the Titan retains most of its original features. For example, the box office, concession stand, poster frames and projection room stairs haven’t aged a day. Titan Center originally served the students of California State University Fullerton, which is located directly across Nutwood Avenue. The center included the first CSUF bookstore, (now Hope’s library), which was the largest bookstore in Orange County when it opened. Ronald Pierce of Tustin says, "Their athletic teams are called the Titans. The theatre was called Loew’s Titan when it opened in 1966, and when it closed in 1976, it was being operated by General Cinemas. Today, the theatre is the auditorium for Hope University International, which has taken over the surround shopping center for their campus. The modernistic architecture remains, except for the Titan lettering, which has been removed.”
This theatre was located on Figueroa Street, four or five storefronts left of Highland Park Bank, in Highland Park.
The nearby Echo Park Film Centre has wanted to rent this space out and expand its agenda, but no luck thus far (purportedly the current owners of this space are averse to that).