Bay Theatre

340 Main Street,
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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GaryParks
GaryParks on October 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Newly-discovered information: The Bay was actually built in the late 1930s. It was then called the Beach. Independently owned and operated, and designed and constructed on a VERY tight budget, it was acquired by Fox West Coast and remodeled (much improved) c. 1947.

baytheaterfoundation
baytheaterfoundation on September 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hi all, please check out The Bay Theater Foundation: a nonprofit organization dedicated to buying and restoring the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach. Reach us at . Thanks!!

meheuck
meheuck on November 15, 2012 at 4:20 am

As of November, no news of progress on hiring new staff or reopening the place. Not promising.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on August 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

Unfortunately, “temporary” usually means “permanent”. Here is their website:

http://www.baytheatre.com/table_page.htm

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on August 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Their recording states that they will be “temporarily closed”.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

This theater is closing tonight. Does anyone know if it is permanent? I’ll be in LA this weekend and I was hoping to go there.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Whay a coincidence. I was also there for “The Warriors”, and was surprised at the quality of the print for such an old movie. I had no idea it was from 1979 until I read the copyright date on the end credits. I live in Virginia, but in my travels I seek out single screen theaters to visit. I guess I live in the past, but I enjoy experiencing movies the way I remember from my youth.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on February 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I was also at the Bay Sunday night for the 6PM showing of “The Warriors”. Luckily, as a non-projectionist I tend to miss most imperfections and the Warrior print was quite good. Seal Beach was surprisingly quiet. I hope this theater can stay open. I live in N Hollywood and made my first visit since 2009. When I lived in Norwalk in the 1980s I enjoyed many movies at the Bay.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on February 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I visited this theater last night and was disappointed to see that there was no curtain. There was also no side masking to close in for flat pictures. And there was a mark across the whole screen about a foot up from the bottom. A good point, however, is that the projection was excellent. It was focused the minute it hit the screen. As a retired projectionist, I am always critical of the projection. But the projectionist at the Bay gets an A+ from me.

rlsinger
rlsinger on July 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

CORRECTION…Contact for information on sale/operation of Bay Theatre, Seal Beach, CA is Rena L. Singer, 813-786-7772 or

rlsinger
rlsinger on July 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Contact for information on sale/operation of Bay Theatre is Rena L. Singer, 913-786-7772 or

monika
monika on June 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Here’s a June 2010 exterior photograph (sorry, Simon!):
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Chuck1231 for the pictures.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Auditorium shots… Auditorium shots!!!

Too many facade shots from the same position.

drb
drb on May 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

The links in the article are worth checking out as well.

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[quote]Main Street scene: Bay Theatre for sale

Seal Beach’s landmark movie house, the Bay Theatre, is on the market for $3.3 million, Jeff Collins reports in the Orange County Register. He says the theater is being marketed as a potential site for a market-savvy movie buff, but also could be converted into a restaurant, office or retail space. “It’s irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind real estate,” says CB Richard Ellis agent Joe Miller. “If someone has a vision, they can do something with it.”

Keep reading here.

Since 1947, the Bay has stood near the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, an old-fashioned movie house with vintage seating and just one screen. The theater shows independent and foreign films and weekly screenings of classic films.

Glue magnate Richard Loderhose purchased the Bay in 1975 and installed his prized 1928-built Wurlitzer organ there. The final pipe organ concert at the Bay drew a packed house in 2007, when the owner’s family donated the organ to a retirement center in Phoenix. The Register says the theater has been on the market for three months.[/quote]

miracle
miracle on February 18, 2009 at 7:46 am

who would I speak to re; the theatre for sale? It is such a great place.

Paul

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on February 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

A local friend has just called me to mention the Bay Theatre is on the “for sale” market at $3m plus.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2008 at 6:23 pm

This is another photo of the Bay Theater.

GaryParks
GaryParks on August 15, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Update: The Bay Theatre organ has been removed, and either donated or sold to a religious school. Though I always am disappointed to see an organ removed from a theatre, maybe this will allow the original murals flanking the original screen area to once again be seen, if they’ve survived the intervening years.

pxiepower13
pxiepower13 on May 26, 2005 at 3:32 pm

The Bay theater is like an escape from the crazy movie going scene. It is such a great place to see a movie. Like the other commenters said, down town Seal Beach is a quaint town. The reastaurants are great and taking a walk on the pier is a treat. If you have the chance to go, go. Take your friends too!

GaryParks
GaryParks on November 26, 2004 at 3:54 pm

It’s great to hear the Bay has a curtain once again! I saw “Searching for Bobby Fisher” there in the mid-1990s after having not been to the Bay since 1973, and the screen at the time was bare, masked by black fabric (the organ is behind). I thought at the time that the organ was a wonderful addition, but I missed the double curtain I remembered from my childhood (one was a waterfall curtain and the other parted), as well as the curved walls on either side with their softly polychromed murals of stylized foliage in the so-called Skouras Style. I’m so glad to hear that a curtain of some sort has returned to the Bay! Now if there’d be a return to the original facade color scheme next time it’s time to repaint, and at the very least a repairing of the surviving pink, green and yellow animated neon display at the center of the marquee—I’d truly be thrilled! Nevertheless, if I were a resident of Seal Beach or the surrounding communities, this would still be a theatre I would attend often.

JakeM
JakeM on September 30, 2004 at 4:41 pm

Forgot to mention one crucial element: they still have a curtain, and they still open it before the movie. Cool huh? Also, most of the shows I have been to recently have had increasingly larger audiences. Still not enough in my opinion, but encouraging nonetheless.

JakeM
JakeM on March 15, 2004 at 2:21 pm

The Bay is always a joy to visit. It is rather small and unimpressive, but the films and presentation are always first rate. I encourage anyone in the area to pay a visit to see one of the classic films here. I have seen The Shining, The Exorcist, Citizen Kane, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and others at the bay and it is always a great evening. Main St. Seal Beach has a wonderful small town feel and has numerous bars and restaurants to visit before or after the movie. Please support this theatre! I have been many times when the screenings have only been attended by 10-15 people. It would be a shame if it closed!