Art Theatre

2025 E. 4th Street,
Long Beach, CA 90814

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Lee Theatre exterior

Originally opened in 1925 as the Carter Theatre with 636 seats, decorated in an Oriental style and equipped with a pipe organ.

Remodeled into an Art Deco style by the architectural firm Schilling & Schilling in 1934 it was renamed Lee Theatre, operating until 1947, when after further remodeling it was renamed Art Theatre. This classic art house cinema was going strong for many years.

The Art Theatre closed on March 8th 2008 and was renovated, reopening on August 22, 2008.

Contributed by George Haider

Recent comments (view all 50 comments)

markvidor on November 6, 2008 at 11:02 am

BillyG- thanks for the kind words. We need all the word of mouth and dedicated custormers that we can get, as staff costs are keeping us from being profitable at this point.

Simon-we have great pictures on our website: Does anyone know how we can put one of those new pictures up on this site to replace the existing picture? THanks

kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 10:21 am

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, May 1950:

Art J. Thomas, who recently purchased the Lee in Long Beach and renamed it the Art, appointed Harold Stevert as manager of the house.

drb on June 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

That “Recent exterior view” at the top of the page isn’t so recent anymore… ;–)

JakeM on September 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Hey, major congratulations to the Art’s 2nd anniversary (since re-opening). This place has really grown to be a centerpiece of Retro Row…I couldn’t imagine Long Beach without the Art!

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on August 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I visited this theater today and liked it very much. It even has a curtain, which is rare these days. My only complaint is that the picture was very dark. It looked like the xenon bulb had seen better days. The movie I saw today was flat, and it took up the entire screen. How do they present a scope picture? Is it in the same aspect ratio as the flat picture, or do they have a top masking that can be lowered?

rivest266 on August 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This was renamed Art on January 15th, 1949. I uploaded its first ad in the photo section.

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