Strand Theatre

1035 S. Pacific Avenue,
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Originally the Californa Theatre, which opened around 1923. By 1926 it had been renamed Strand Theatre. It was a Fox house which was twinned in the late-1970’s. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 10, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Sloppy reporting in the LA Times, 1/3/33:

BANDITS ROB PLAYHOUSES AT HARBOR

Within fifteen minutes last night two San Pedro motion picture theaters were held up by bandits, apparently operating independently of each other, who escaped with about $2500 in cash.

The first robbery was at the Fox Grand Theater at Tenth Street and Pacific Avenue. The men escaped wih $850. Fifteen minutes later police were called to the Warner Brothers Theater at Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue, where a bandit forced the manager of the theater into a large safe after taking $1800.

pamelarosew
pamelarosew on June 20, 2008 at 1:16 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 5:05 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 6:10 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 6:12 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 5:42 am

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

BillCounter
BillCounter on March 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

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 2:00 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!

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