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About 20 years ago a friend of mind purchased the clock mechanism that was located in the tower of the “Tower theater” It was an old wind up cast iron clock with weights. There was an electric motor that would wind it up at regular intervals. It took us almost a full day taking it apart and bring down the pieces. I had a chance to go exploring and went upstairs to the projectionists room where I saw a toilet sitting right next to the projector,No stall or walls, just sitting there,I laughed out loud! As I started down I came across a big winch bolted to the floor and soon discovered it was for lowering the huge chandelier located in the lobby for cleaning and replacing bulbs. Quite a cool place.
I remember seeing “Woodstock” at the Towne Theater in Bixby Knolls(North long beach starts at Del Amo Guys) As my girl friend and I pulled up to the theater we notice there were policeman lined up on the sidewalk,I guess they anticipated a riot might break out from all us “long Hairs” gathering in one spot. Well there was no riot but the theater did oversell the event and many of us sat in the aisles. A few years later my friend “demo” the building and offered me some “artifacts” from the theater but I turned them down (big mistake) I really hate those mutiplex theaters…..
Having lived on the Westside of Long Beach for many years during the late 50’s and sixties I have many fond memories the “Passion Pit”. I seem to remember it cost a $1.50 a carload to get in and in later years when the price was per person hiding a few friends in the trunk of the car to save beer money. I still have a post speaker that somehow became unattached during a fast exit.