Stadium Theater

1653 Cravens Avenue,
Torrance, CA 90501

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The Stadium Theater was opened in 1949 and was a popular movie house until the 1960’s when falling profits forced a switch to X-rated films. Renamed Pussycat Theater by 1973, it remained opened until 1991 and has been decaying ever since.

Recently a group formed to raise enough capital to buy and restore the theater, but the City Council approved a plan to demolish it and replace the old movie house with new condominiums.

The council had earlier been given the group sixty days to finalize their plans.

Supporters had begun to raise money for its purchase, but finances were never resolved and the council, without any other viable alternative, granted Michael Mulligan Development permission to demolish the theater.

The Stadium Theater, like many of the area’s old movie houses, will now join other ghosts of Southern California’s past.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

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JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on August 8, 2008 at 8:54 am

New book-length Pussycat Theatre history from the San Diego Reader:
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KimF
KimF on August 8, 2008 at 9:12 am

Great article, JayAllen… Thanks!

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 7, 2009 at 7:22 pm

It WAS a great article but I would have appreciated being credited with the use of the picture above since I took it.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 7, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Actually, this listing should be updated to show the Pussycat as an alternate name (it was that longer than it was the Stadium) and that the operators were Pacific & Walnut.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on November 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I can’t believe it….ken mc actually made a post that wasn’t followed by a useless comment from Lost Memory. Bookmark this page.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Heers another one!!!!

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on April 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

The first films to play this theater were “Life of Riley” and a Bowery Boys comedy. In person on opening night were Rosemary DeCamp, Huntz Hall and Gabriel Dell. When it was opened by the same owners as the Torrance Theater it was trumpeted for it’s modern air conditioning. stadium seating and crying rooms. Later, a new screen was installed for the presentation of 3-D films the first of which being “Man in the Dark”.

jazzfi
jazzfi on February 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

It’d have been better if they’d have kept the AURORA lettering and just named it Pussycat on the marquee, rather than destoying the original history.. what a great design!

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on December 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm

jazzfi: The Aurora name was placed on the theatre for a film shoot after the Pussycat closed. It never operated under that name.

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