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The dome has survived and the theater is being restored.
According to the IMDB, “Counterfeit” opened May 25th, 1936. But this shot of the lobby looks a lot like the way I remembered it 40 years later.
Finally somebody found a picture of the Woodfield 1 & 2! Nice work, Dallas!
I remember this interior and color scheme well.
These are very sad but amazing series of photos. Thanks for posting.
“On an Island with You” opened in May of 1948. “The Checkered Coat” is supposed to have opened in July of that same year.
Cornel Wilde and Jean Wallace arrive at the premiere in October of 1957.
Check out the cars in this shot!
Finally! I can’t believe there’s NO other picture of the Woodfield Theaters on line anywhere. This of course was Woodfield 1 & 2 outside the mall. #3 and #4 were smaller and built a half block away. There were even smaller theaters in the mall built where the ice rink used to be.
In comparison to some of the downtown theaters and the nearby Crest, th auditorium is pretty plain.
Reopening is here!
Interesting this theater is a complete duplicate of the AMC 30 in Covina, CA. I’ve been to both and other than the enclosed ticket area to accomodate the cold Illinois winters, it is the same.
I think you can safely delete this blurry picture.
Was this the size of the re-opening night “crowd”? If so, I don’t know if the Patio will remain open for too long.
This site just keeps getting better and better. Best of luck!
This is GREAT news. This is a really great neighborhood theater. A gem that everyone should take the opportunity to experience. And if the Patio can make a comeback, maybe the Cubs can too.
Great news! The Patio is on the “MUST SEE” list when I get back in town!
The timing was bad on the Jerry Lewis Cinemas. If he had licensed his name to the theaters in 1960 he would have been providing them with a lot of films that were a hit at the time. Add in some popular Disney titles and the concept might have worked. By the time the first Jerry Lewis theater opened ten years later, Jerry’s film career was about over. He hadn’t had a major hit in years. Disney was still trying to find itself after Walt’s death. The theaters just didn’t have enough good product to succeed.
“Two Guys” is long gone as is the rest of Valley Plaza. It’s all closed, waiting for the wrecking ball.
Just speculating here but I think there was a original Rex theater in town and this is the sequel. Thus the “Rex 2”.
That looks NOTHING like Rick’s Cafe. And what’s the deal with the cowboy?
This is a sad day. Long beach has lost a lot of great theaters. I hope someone is allowed to take a decent photo tour of the place before it is lost forever.
The interior is intact, but there’s a lot of water damage to the ceiling, including a 15 foot hole and another 10-12 foot hole. In addition the seats are musty and moldy as are the carpets. Too bad because you can see a lot of the ornate design touches, including the large sconces on the walls. I’m sure the plumbing and electrical will have to be replaced. Can this forgotten gem be restored? Maybe. But its going to take a LOT of cash.
I finally got to tour the inside of the Mayan Theater last Thursday night and am thrilled to say it looks as great inside as it does outside. Although converted to a nightclub, the Mayan is in great shape and still looks like a theater inside (okay, minus 1,400 seats or so). The auditorium and chandelier in particular are definitely something to see. I was surprised at the small restrooms located on the mezzanine level. They seemed way too tiny to service 1,400+ audience members. The nightclub has more restrooms backstage and under the stage, but those would have been inaccessible when this operated as a theater. Are there some “lost” restrooms located behind a false wall somewhere in or underneath the Mayan lobby?
The tour was terrific. It showed off all levels of the Million Dollar and then took us from the basement and orchestra pit of the Morosco to the dusty upper balcony, closed for decades.