Strand Theatre

1035 S. Pacific Avenue,
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Strand Theatre

Originally opened as the Californa Theatre on April 30, 1921 with Bebe Daniels in “Ducks and Drakes”. It was equipped with a Smith organ. On October 1, 1924 it was renamed Mark Strand Theatre 1926 and soon after was renamed Strand Theatre. It was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. In later years it was taken over by Pacific Theatres who twined in on November 23, 1973. It was closed on August 20, 1978 with “Brothers and Sisters” & Joan Baez in “Celebration at Big Sur”. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

pamelarosew
pamelarosew on June 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

How do I contribute research to the top portion of the page? I am doing research on San Pedro movie theatres and have found some additional information.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

The LAPL has posted a new photo of an Alhambra Theater which they claim is in San Pedro. I’m not adding this as they seem a little vague on the details.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00079/00079035.jpg

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

The California Index has a card for a book that mentions the Alhambra Theatre in San Pedro. Card.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm

OK, Joe, I guess that’s a second opinion. I will add it to the San Pedro theaters. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

Here is a December 1974 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/qrgpe4

BillCounter
BillCounter on March 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

This is for Pamela, who posted in 2008:

If you have any research to share that didn’t get posted, I would like to hear from you. I’m also starting to dig into San Pedro theatre history.

My San Pedro Theatres page:
View link

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on September 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Didn’t this theatre use to be called the “California Theatre” back in 1923?

Due to the following listing, I was searching for a “California Theatre” in San Pedro on this site for ages without finding one.

THEN I tried Google, and presto, Mr. Counter’s San Pedro Theatres page came up listing THIS theatre also as the “California”.

https://sites.google.com/site/losangelesmoviepalaces/san-pedro#TOC-Strand-Theatre

Could one of you admin folks please add “California Theatre” to the “Previous Names:” list in the “Additional Info” sidebar, so future CinemaTreasures users can find it on this site via a simple search? Thanks a lot!

According to “the Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Pipe Organ” by David Junchen, pg. 629, the “California Theatre” in San Pedro had a Smith theatre pipe organ, installed in 1923. Its blower serial # was 14187. No other details, such as size (# of manuals / # of ranks), or blower HP or static pressure, are given in the book (not known to the author in 1989).

Does anybody have more details on this organ, and/or where it (or its parts) is/are today? Thanks!

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 7, 2019 at 8:45 am

Harthorn and Walker launched the California with Bebe Daniels in “ Ducks and Drakes” on April 30, 1921. On October 1, 1924, it became the Mark Strand Theatre relaunching with the film, “Daughters of Pleasure.” Its name was shortened not long after to the Strand Theatre. Movies showed until August 20, 1978 with the final double feature of “Brothers and Sisters” and “Celebrating at Big Sur.” Live music was tried in 1979 before wrestling completed the theater’s lifecycle in 1980 through May of 1981.

It was run by Pacific Theatres at the end and operated as a single screen in its final days.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 11, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Grand opening ads for the California and Strand posted. It became a twin cinema on November 23rd, 1973.

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