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I remember this place, it was lot more attractive than the gawdy Studio Drive-In.
I remember this place, boy was it an eyesore to look at, it was just an ugly big wall standing in the middle of nowhere… yet it amazes me how such a place can become so popular with the local, well it did play great movies and this after was a place of great memories… many people who have told me stories of first kisses, guys/girls/family night out, marriage proposals, birthdays, and so many other great memories under the moonlight, all in front of a big ugly wall, which played great movies.
It’s gone now, and so is the ugly wall, a housing development took over. Nowadays, Culver City’s got the Bridge, The Mann, and The Pacific 14, nice date places, too bad you can’t propose to your lover here, or make side-comments on the movie here, without people shushing, at least now we all can see Beautiful Culver City in all its charm unobstructed.
It’s gone now, and so is the ugly wall, a housing development took over. Nowadays, Culver City’s got the Bridge, The Mann, and The Pacific 14, nice date places, too bad you can’t propose to your lover here, or make side-comments on the movie here, without people shushing Beautiful Culver City unobstructed.
The only time I ever went to this theatre was in 1992 for Batman Returns. There were only three cinemas and the place was ridiculously crowded and cramped, as the concourses inside were very small. Most of the moviegoers were not allowed inside until ten minutes prior to the start of the film.
The theatre had many problems during the 80’s and 90’s and eventually had to go sometime soon, as the neighborhood wasn’t so great at time… well only if go east (all neighborhoods west of the theatre were a lot nicer).
The theatre finally closed down in 1994, and a year later Magic Johnson popped up by the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, it was nice when it opened, but is now just as bad as the old Baldwin theatre. It’s dirty, crowded, and just downright ghetto, though bigger and wider.
The Baldwin was a place filled with great memories, too bad it’s now gone. However, the bowl remains as a new commercial development including a Washington Mutual and an Ice Cream Parlor.