Bay Theatre

340 Main Street,
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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GaryParks on May 10, 2002 at 7:27 am

This was MY hometown theatre from about age 4 until 10.

The theatre is a product of the Skouras era of the Fox West Coast chain, and still remained with that charming Moderne look when I was a kid.

In later years, a Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed, an instrument which I understand to be a very fine one, though I have yet to hear it. Unfortunately at around this same time—mid 1980s, a heavy remodeling of the facade was undertaken, removing most neon and converting what was once a colorful building into something like an earth-toned pueblo, definitely an aesthetic hangover from the “natural” 1970s. A return to the facade’s original look would be physically feasible, if someone ever had the money.