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I had the pleasure to visit this theatre on Sunday with Ken Roe. Its a beautiful little theatre on an odd little side street.
The theatre does need a lot of work including tearing out the acoustic tiles and ceiling.
There is paintings on the wall, but are probably heavily damaged from the tiles and time.
The projection booth, although musty and low (the ceiling is only about 6'4" tall. Im that all and I hit the ceiling) is relatively clean. The tile union did build a handicap restroom in the back part of what was the auditorium and an office opposite it. They also replaced the original staircase with a makeshift one.
The marquee is gorgeous.
Thanks Ken. Had a mental lapse there.
There is remnants of the old theatre still when you visit. The concession area lighting and moulding is there, all the ceiling moulding in the auditorium remains, and much much more.
Today there is nothing left of the building that will remind you that it was a theatre, cept the flooring in front of the theatre.
Today, the unfinished furniture store only has one auditorium open for you to see, the second previous “showroom” is closed.
The auditorium is well intact with original seating that is in excellent shape. The building is locted between the Highland Park and Eagle Rock Districts of LA.
Also, this theatre is in the La Tijera district of Los Angeles, about 3 miles out of Westchester and the Airport area.
8260 La Tijera Blvd at the corner of Centinella.
In this theatre’s final days, it was an independent house. Pacific Dropped it sometime in the mid 90’s.
Today, it is a store. But the store only seems to take up what was once the lobby, box office, and concession area. I am curious to know what became of the theatres themselves, if they are part of the small store, or still intact in the back.
There is a directory of the mall. From the look of it, what would have been the theatre was once connected to to the mall section that later turned into a small food court.It looks like Fantastic Sams could be in what was once the Lobby of the theatre, the JoAnns the back of the auditoriums, and the Citibank the rear of it.
It will be a Lowes 14 Screen Theatre. Ground should be broken in 05.
It will be where the old Superior Pontiac once was. That lot has been just that, a lot, for ages now.
What is really sad, is the fact that they built a Walgreens down on Whittier and Greenleaf, about 1.5 miles away, there is a Sav-on across teh street, a Rite Aid at the Quad, a Rite Aid off Greenleaf less than a mile away, a new CVS on Whittier and Santa Fe Springs/Washington, and a new Sav-on being built at the Whittwood to replace the store in the mall that is going to be torn down.
Did we really need this Walgreens?
I actually worked with Randy Ruddy a few times. He was last working for AMC a few years back at their (now closed) Puente Mall 6. This had to be in 1997.
It is still a first run house. With the loss of 2 of the 3 multiplexes in Westwood (Mann Westwood 4, UA Westwood 4), this theatre will continue to get first run bookings for a long time…
The Edwards on Atlantic in Monterey Park or Alhambra. Hell, here are all the area theatres:
The Edwards Monterey Mall 3 Closed around 1999 after being a discount house for years. Its still vacant. No plans for it, and I highly doubt it reopening as a theatre since Lowes is planning a 14 plex just up Atlantic for 2006 (construction is supposed to start next year).
The Edwards Atlantic Palace in Alhambra is still open. It opened in 1988 to replace the Edwards Alhambra that was destroyed in the 1987 quake (Edwards lost all of their single screens and the Alhambra in 1987 due to the quake)
The Edwards Alhambra Place 5 on Bay State St opened in early 1980’s and survived until 2003, when it was closed after Regal opened the Alhambra Rennaisance up the block (Oddly enough, it shares product with the Atlantic Palace 10). This was torn down earlier this year and will be turned into senior housing.
Finally, the Temple City 4 opened by Edwards recently closed in 2004, after being opened for 20some years. It was opened a month later as a Regency Theatre and still shows first run flicks. I sense it being squeezed again by the Santa Anita 16 AMC just opened in Arcadia.
Correction: The Rosemead 4 was damaged in the 1987 whittier narrows quake, as the epicentre was only a few miles away.
It was torn down and replaced with a Kids R Us store (which closed in 2004, replaced by an Office Depot) and a couple little shops (both closed and now house a Party City). It was a typical shoebox AMC at the time, similar to the (now defunct) AMC Puente 4 in Puente Hills.
I used to frequent this theatre as a kid growing up. I thought it was way better than the Edwards in Monterey Park because it had 4 screens, not 3.
I agree with Manwithnoname, I live (actually close to him) in Monterey Park and go to the Chinese a lot. It will sell a lot of shows during the week, especially when a huge movie opens.
The Monterey theatre was torn down in the early 90’s after being vacant for years. Its now a parking lot for the hospital next door. It was located right next to the gas station that is on the corner of Hellman and Garfield, right off the 10 freeway.
Another possibility is that this theatre was torn down in the 70’s or 80’s when they built the shopping centre on Muscatel and Valley (where the supermarket is/was), since there are a lot of old buildings still existant between Muscatel and Mission. I drove by tonight but it was too dark to see.
700 block would have placed this theatre near the corner of San Gabriel and Garvey, where the old KMart store is located (now a chinese supermarket).
8900 block is where the old toytown used to be in Rosemead. That was just one block west of Rosemead blvd at muscatel. Oddly enough, the 1000 block shares number with San Gabriel. If this was the case, then the 1600 block of Rosemead would have been around here if not a block east, where “downtown” rosemead is located. Im thinking the theatre had to be located between Mission Dr and Rosemead on valley.
The AMC was torn down after the 1987 quake. I heard it suffered quake damage as the a result of the Whittier quake whos epicentre was located less than a mile away. It was replaced with some stores and a Kids R Us, which closed in 2004. Today its an Office Depot. This theatre was a standard 4plex AMC opened. It looked nothing special.
The Toys R Us closed in 2003. It was freestanding and located west of the Square. Its now a Levitz Furniture.
When did this theatre close? It was open pretty recently.
And it was a typical 80’s UA located in the Valley Plaza.
This theatre closed not get any bookings at all. It had Lord Of The RIngs: ROTK up through June. It was a full price second run house under AMC.
The Washington Mutual has opened. Oddly enough, the exterior has been kept the same The box office area is still there, and the marquee is still there. A back entrance has been added