Guild Theater

3825 Fifth Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92103

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LomaUsher
LomaUsher on March 14, 2014 at 1:15 am

I remember seeing “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover” at the balcony of the Guild. It was a charming cinema. Much missed!

exprojector23
exprojector23 on November 24, 2012 at 1:28 am

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” showed at the Guild for a number of years up until 1984, when it switched over to the Ken, where it ran for many years before switching to the Guild some time in the ‘90s. The last movie shown at the Guild was “Female Perversions,” which despite its title was not a throwback to the theater’s adult days, but a fairly good movie starring Tilda Swinton. (I attended the final showing.) The Guild closed the same night as Landmark’s Park Theater (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1563).

exprojector23
exprojector23 on November 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

The “hut” is in fact on top of the building next to the Guild, not on top of either the old or new building.

exprojector23
exprojector23 on November 24, 2012 at 1:13 am

I believe the original intent was to preserve the facade of the building, but it was determined to be unstable and not up to code. The current facade is a replacement.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

neeb
neeb on June 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5tw0jn06l1qm4y66o1_1280.jpg

Are we sure the entire building was completely demolished? The presence of the “hut” on top of both buildings would indicate extensive remodeling, but total demolition seems a stretch.

Does anyone have pictures of the demolition?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 19, 2008 at 7:48 pm

This is a photo of the current building at this location. It does resemble the old theater building shown at this link given in the intro above.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2005 at 3:45 am

Southwest Builder and Manufacturer of March 22nd, 1913, announced the issuing of the building permit for this theater. The owner of the theater was J.K. Stickney, the projected cost was $7500, and the building was described as being built of hollow clay tile (a commonly used construction material in early 20th century Southern California, but which was later found to be highly susceptible to damage in even moderate earthquakes, and very costly to retrofit- which may account for its having eventually been demolished rather than renovated.) The architect is not named, unfortunately.