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This was a drive-in that had a lot of gang problems in the mid- to late-‘80s; it closed sometime around 1988 or so. The city has always had some kind of low-income housing planned for the spot but it’s never happened. You can still drive by and see where the rise and fall of the land for the cars is, some struts and supports of the old ozoner, and there are holes in the fence for the more intrepid photographers amongst us.
Free films every 13th of the month all through 2010: View link
Insanely expensive ticket prices (on par with the Arclight in Hollywood), but also some of the most insanely comfortable theatre seats anywhere in Southern California.
If you look up “theater” on the “casual encounters” section of the L.A. Craigslist, you’ll see a rather varied cross-section of current patrons. Snurk.
Address should be 2126 North H Street.
2010 and the site is still dead. Judging from that ‘84 photograph, the Lompoc is emblematic of the small town theatre – there’s even a Christian Science Reading Room next door!
Currently operating as Steinmart, a nationwide department store.
Likely the projectors were taken out a long time ago – although, one never knows; I recently found out there’s at least one film projector in the disused booth at the Ventura Theatre, slightly further down the coast.
The website above doesn’t work anymore.
Same theatre in Carpinteria as The Plaza:
The text beneath that photograph indicates that the Ritz was another name for this theatre.
So even if it’s still in use as a church, we’re qualifying it as “closed”? It’s on the L.A. Conservancy Walking Tour every Sunday! I’ve seen it open many many times.
Because obviously those aren’t true ads.
Also, there’s a DVD of that performance that came out in 2001, if anyone’s curious as to the inside of the theatre at that point in time. On the DVD cover it says “Filmed and recorded live at the Mayfair Theatre, Santa Monica, California – may it rest in peace.”
The Dead Can Dance “Toward the Within” album was recorded here sometime in 1994, so they were hosting live events at least until then.
Absolutely beautiful – especially the lost gem that is the Rialto, upon which the walking tours downtown barely touch.
Yes, building is still standing.
Gee whiz, Howard – way to be extra-encouraging.
The Embassy was in business from 1945 at least.
Also known as the Cerritos 4 roughly from 1984-1995.
It is just Cerritos, ken – and, judging from the Finish Line location, the address was 333 Los Cerritos Mall, Cerritos, CA 90703. Interesting that you should call it a “shoebox,” Jeff – it’s a shoe store now!
Nush, when is the actual final day?
I’ll bet they said the same thing when Canter’s took over the Esquire Theatre!
As revealed in Eric Lax’s new book of interviews with Woody Allen, this theatre was owned by Allen’s grandfather.