United Artists Torrance

2735 Pacific Coast Highway,
Torrance, CA 90505

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The UA Torrance was located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard. This was a rather non-descript, bland-looking theatre that seated about 600 in a short but wide auditorium.

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 3, 2006 at 11:15 am

OK, I drove past the old location and either this building has been drastically altered or the theater building was demolished and another built. The end of the current structure is definitely much farther away from PCH than the theater was. If it’s the same building it’s beyond recognition.

tonyo2448
tonyo2448 on October 5, 2006 at 8:58 am

The theater end of the structure was torn down in the late 80’s. As for the structure seen in the arial photo, I believe it was the northern end of the old theater building or directly adjacent to it and was renovated again recently to accomodate a spa and a couple of resturants.

KelleyHodgetts
KelleyHodgetts on September 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I worked at UA Torrance as the house manager under Al Lee from late 1975 to 1977.
Anyone at this sight from that time period?

KimReynolds
KimReynolds on December 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

So many midnight movies. I remember the nurse on duty for those with weak hearts.

LawMann
LawMann on December 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Hi Kelley, I remember you. Local 150 used to send me there to work in projectionist Joe Gillams place many times. I worked there on and off in late 1975. Do you remember MASH, Bananas, Young Frankenstein and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest that was shown there during that time?

oopie
oopie on January 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I worked at this theatre as a teenager up unitl the the last week. This was a truly great theatre with curtains that opened at the beginning of the movie, a balcony, and 600 or more seats. I loved working there and was sad when they closed it and demolished half of it. The last movie to play there was the “Untouchables”…it played there for almost three months.

mongo1018
mongo1018 on February 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I went to a party in 1973 with my brother and my wife to be. It was being given by the man who turned the murderer of the Rolling Hills Theatre people as well as 2 more the very next night at the Thrifty drug store on Yukon in Torrance. the murderer committed suicide in jail. The informant was involved with 2 bikers being stabbed to death outside a bar in Hermosa earlier,The papers all implicated 2 people being involved with these murders but only one was accused of the crime. my personal involvement in this story always made me wonder about that 2nd suspect. By the way they were all killed by a knife by having their throats cut by the cowardly scum that did this

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on April 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

The first film to play this theater was “Toys in the Attic” and a sneak preview. In attendance were Chuck Connors, Chill Wills and George Peppard among others. This house, the Rolling Hills Theater and the FOX Palos Verdes all opened about the same time.

cali70s
cali70s on February 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

I lived within a few blocks of the UA Torrance Theatre, at the time of the robbery-murders in the late 70s. Very sad and scary. Loved the Rolling Hills Plaza..The Parasol Restaurant, and Revel’s bakery..which I work a few weeks for, and found a higher paying job.

jimtheactor
jimtheactor on January 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm

We had a year pass to UA theaters in the late 70s, and therefore spent a lot of time at this one and the UA Del Amo. I distinctly remember seeing MOONRAKER there.

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