Bay Theatre

340 Main Street,
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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JakeM on March 15, 2004 at 10:21 pm

The Bay is always a joy to visit. It is rather small and unimpressive, but the films and presentation are always first rate. I encourage anyone in the area to pay a visit to see one of the classic films here. I have seen The Shining, The Exorcist, Citizen Kane, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and others at the bay and it is always a great evening. Main St. Seal Beach has a wonderful small town feel and has numerous bars and restaurants to visit before or after the movie. Please support this theatre! I have been many times when the screenings have only been attended by 10-15 people. It would be a shame if it closed!

William on October 8, 2002 at 5:32 pm

The last major chain to operate the Bay theatre was Mann Theatres in the late 70’s.

GaryParks on May 10, 2002 at 12:27 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.