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OCRon
OCRon commented about Harlo Theater on Dec 10, 2016 at 11:32 pm

The Grand Opening ad and news clip for the Harlo Theatre on October 21, 1944, is now in the photo section.

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OCRon commented about Starlite Drive-In on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm

The Grand Opening ad for The Starlite Drive-In on July 16, 1948, is now in the photo section.

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OCRon commented about Star Cinema Grill Vintage Park on Dec 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Sold to Star Cinema Grill and closed December 4 and then reopened December 9

Star Cinema Grill Vintage Park website

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OCRon commented about Lake Theater on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:10 am

Opened as the Bijou Theatre on September 16, 1907; Remodeled and renamed Lake Theatre in May 1938. Demolished in 1973. Relevant ads and news clips in photo section.

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OCRon commented about Vern Theatre on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:23 pm

The Grand Opening ad for May 28, 1941, is now in photo section

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OCRon commented about Olathe Theatre on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:14 pm

According to Sanborn Maps, 1926, the theater was located on south side of 4th street, 4th building from corner of Horton, now 314 Main Street. Today it is located between Busy Corner and Primitos, across the street from Tru Value Hardware. (The Sanborn map has been uploaded)

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OCRon commented about Rampart Theatre on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Here is the opening day news clip, as previously cited on, which referred to Lewellyn J. Smith as the designer of the Rampart Theatre.

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OCRon commented about Academy Theatre on Dec 4, 2016 at 11:31 pm

Opened in June 1939 as Edward Clark Academy Theatre, a drama school, (which operated at 8620 Sunset Blvd from 1930 to 1939). Edward Clark worked in the scenario department at Paramount Pictures before he opened the Academy Theatre.

By 1947 it was a warehouse, selling war surplus. News clips and ads are in the photo section.

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OCRon commented about Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Nov 26, 2016 at 6:40 am

A news clip announcing the Grand Opening on June 15, 1958 is now in the photo section.

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OCRon commented about Laguna Hills Mall Cinemas on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

Retail Design Collaborative, formerly Perkowitz+Ruth, is the designer of the Five Lagunas

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OCRon commented about State Theatre on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:20 pm

The State Theatre was located at 109 S. Cuyler Street

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OCRon commented about River Park Theatre on Nov 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

California Cinemas opened the River Park Theatre April 17, 1970. It had 600 seats. Closed June 14, 1990. Grand opening ad in photo section

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OCRon commented about Uptown Theater on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:15 am

It must have stood up well. In the photo section is a 1937 photo of the steel structure.

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OCRon commented about Kay Von Drive-In on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:10 am

The Kay-Von opened April 13, 1951, and closed September 29, 1981.

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OCRon commented about Ritz Theatre on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:07 am

The Ritz Theatre opened June 23, 1939. While called the Circle H Theatre, it was gutted by fire on April 21,1976. Ad and fire news clip in photo section

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OCRon commented about Temple Theatre on Nov 11, 2016 at 12:18 am

A news clip announcing the opening of the Temple Theatre on May 22, 1928 is now in the photo section

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OCRon commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 11, 2016 at 12:13 am

The Hippodrome opened “November 23, 1920**. News story and ad are in the photo section.

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OCRon commented about Plaza Theatre on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:13 am

Plaza Theatre timeline:
Opened February 15, 1966.
Closed: July 30, 1977.

The $250,000 Plaza Theatre opened February 15, 1966, with the French film Circle of Love directed by Roger Vadim’s and staring his wife, Jane Fonda. Not to leave out the Italians, Love, Italian Style was a later attraction. The Press-Telegram said it was theater management’s intention to create an upscale art house showing quality films from around the world for a “selective viewing audience.”

One of the owners was Jack Feder who owned the Roxy in downtown Long Beach. The celebrities in attendance on opening night included comedian Marty Ingels and starlet Edy Williams

Only a few weeks after the theater opened there were letters on the Press-Telegram’s editorial page that denounced the theater as being bad for the neighborhood because of its films. There were also threats in the family oriented community to picket the theatre. Management must have listened because starting in June the films became mainstream and they started showing family fare such as Disney’s The Jungle Book.

Newspaper ads from May of 1971 announced that the Plaza had the exclusive Long Beach walk-in theater run of Tora! Tora! Tora!.

The Plaza closed suddenly on July 30, 1977 and lettering went up on their marquee announcing that the building was available for retail use.

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OCRon commented about Cathedral City 10 on Nov 8, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Effective November 9, now operated by Regency Theatres and renamed Cathedral City 10.

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OCRon commented about Orpheum Theatre on Oct 30, 2016 at 11:05 pm

The 95th anniversary is today.
The Orpheum operators through the years are:

Twin Falls Amusement Co. Inc, 1921-1931
Publix Theatres, 1931-1936
Intermountain Theatres, 1936-1975
Interstate Amusements, 1976- 2014
Larry and Stephanie Johnson, 2014-Present

OCRon
OCRon commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 27, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Let me correct myself. The old Krikorian 7 Theatre was closed, but it was never converted.
Currently it is a discount house operated by Interstate Theatres, based in Dallas, Texas.