Strand Theatre

1035 S. Pacific Avenue,
San Pedro, CA 90731

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AndrewBarrett on September 29, 2014 at 10:00 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”.

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!

BillCounter on March 8, 2011 at 7:43 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:
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kencmcintyre on May 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Here is a December 1974 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2009 at 1:12 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2009 at 1:10 am

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

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2009 at 12:05 am

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.

pamelarosew on June 20, 2008 at 9:16 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 on August 11, 2007 at 7:16 am

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


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.

kencmcintyre on July 8, 2007 at 7:08 pm

It’s a bank parking lot now.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 8, 2007 at 6:22 am

The L.A. library’s California Index has a card referencing a Times article from 10/25/1925 with the headline “Theatres purchased at big sum”. The thing I found most interesting, though, is that the card names the theatre as the “Mark Strand”, which was the name of an east coast chain run by the brothers Mitchell and Moe Mark. See the comment by Barry Goodkin on this Cinema Treasures page. I wonder if the Mark Brothers did own this theatre or if there was just some sort of mistake by the person who typed up the library card? Index cards making references to the theatre at later dates just call it the Strand or (beginning in 1936) the Fox Strand.

kencmcintyre on July 8, 2007 at 1:04 am

Here is an article in the LA Times dated 12/13/31:


The Fox Strand Theater, 1035 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, suffered $5000 loss by fire yesterday morning when cleaning fluid knocked over by a stage hand ignited. The theater was empty.

The stage hand suffered burns about his hands and arms. The structure under the stage was charred and the sound machinery disabled, while smoke damage was heavy.

William on October 28, 2003 at 9:02 pm

The Strand Theatre was located at 1035 S. Pacific Ave.