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Moved to Inglewood from Ohio in 1955 and almost immediately got a job at the Imperial from Helm and Hoffman enterprises, who reopened the theater that summer. I have no recollection of how long it had been closed before that. Double features were 50 cents.
Worked there thru high school, from 1956-58. Fond memories of Andy Devine who was the manager and a great character.
I was an assistant manager at the Bay in the late 50’s/early 60’s and remember it well. The projectionist was Sam Shanley and he lived not far from the theater and had been there forever. I recall that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were customers, as were several Hollywood notables. Because of its location, it was also a favorite site for sneak previews which drew many of the actors, directors, producers and the like, On more than one occasion, we did not know the name of the film to be previewed until hours before it screened. The popular hangout was the Hotdog Show, across Sunset from the theater.