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I work across the street from the Fremont – it’s sure a pleasure to see it every day. Have some good memories of seeing the ‘Deer Hunter’ there in 1979, what a long and strange movie!
A fellow named aroid has some old pics that have the Fremont in the background from 1961:
Wonderful to read everyone’s posts about their memories of this beautiful landmark!
My parents and I were driving to Santa Cruz one early morning in the 1970’s when we saw all the smoke from the Obispo theater fire. We didn’t know what it was until we got back. Another classic building gone! I went there a few times, think I saw some kind of Sinbad the sailor movie there. I sure miss those beautiful lobby and interiors compared to today’s theaters with their plain decor.
The roller rink was where my dad met my mom, I think.. I don’t remember anything but water being there, myself, but I heard from my dad about how it used to be in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It would be cool to see a picture taken from the same place before the harbor was there.
The Elmo theater was gone before I moved to SLO in 1971, however, there is a picture of it on Flickr (not my picture) at:
The person ‘aroid’ who put this picture on Flickr has a lot of old pictures of San Luis Obispo in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Very interesting!
I work across the street from the Fremont Theater – what a classic!
I saw many kid’s movies at Saturday matinees at this theater when I was growing up in Hermosa Beach in the 1960’s. Of course as a kid you don’t appreciate places like this, and think they will alway be around as time goes by. Alas, it isn’t so!
It’s been a pleasure reading everyone’s memories – thanks!
It’s been most enjoyable reading everyone’s comments on the Fox, a theatre I visited several times while living in Hermosa Beach between 1963 and 1971. I saw “Mary Poppins” there, and my parents saw some of the James Bond movies there along the same time. It was a fine place, and I also remember it well as a landmark as we took walks in the area or I rode my StingRay bicycle around.
My dad grew up in Manhattan Beach and went to Redondo Beach High School between 1948 and 1952. I’m sure he has memories of the Fox also, since he mentioned roller skating at a rink he says was nearby.
I have one of our pictures from 1970 which shows the Fox theatre, although it is not the best quality, at
It was a sad thing, all the changes that happened in Redondo in the late 1960’s thru 1971 when we left the area. I remember it seeming like every other old house could have been a stand-in for the Addam’s Family house! Too bad I don’t have more photos of that time!