Palace Theatre

30 Pine Avenue,
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Char3
Char3 on July 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

HI Lots of old movies, westerns, musicals. When I worked there in the early 50’s they didn’t show any kind of porn. Was the Orange Julius next door when you went? The theater owned it too. Lot of beach muscles boys got the Julius with a raw egg mixed in it.

Dittimus
Dittimus on July 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Wow. Just…wow! That brings back a ton of memories. This is the first theater I ever went to. I remember there being a ton of different types of movies playing there. Old-school Kung Fu, science fiction, horror, and even soft-core porn! I remember being a little kid and watching “Blood On The Sun” and “Cinderella 2000” there.

BillCounter
BillCounter on April 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

A night postcard view looking north on Pine Ave. The Palace is on the right:
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It’s part of a post by Beaudry on the Skyscraperpage forum “Noirish Los Angeles:
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Char3
Char3 on February 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

I worked at the Palace from 1953 to 1955. It was a clean will managed theater. They showed the “Outlaw with Jane Russell” Other theaters thought it was to raw to show. It ran for 2 weeks and had big crowds.
A “Orange Julius” was also run by the theater. I worked there too.
Sometime ate lunch at the Panama Cafe south of the theater.

LawMann
LawMann on September 16, 2010 at 10:49 am

I remember this theatre. For a theatre named Palace it was a damned small theatre alright.

drb
drb on July 20, 2010 at 5:57 am

Here’s a 1920s photo that shows the Palace on the right.
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Tisloews,if you go to the PALACE theatre in Athens i have reprinted some old City manager letters to other managers.Found the letters in the MILLER theatre filing cabnets years ago.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Same to you Mike, Never had a Palace in Nashville that I know of. There was a Loews Palace in Memphis though. Elvis worked at the Loews State there.He got fired I have heard.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

ONE was in Athens , Georgia and it is on CT, tisloews. Happy New year. I am BACK.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Nice looking marquee.How many Palace Theatres were there in the U.S.?

palacemgr
palacemgr on August 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

The Palace closed on 03.19.84. I had to turn off the marquee the next day with sadness. We ran a mix of films there all in triple bill format. Martial arts, horror , and once in awhile a 3-D movie which took extra work to set up. The balcony was closed the entire time I was mgr/projectionist. The site is now part of a parking structure for a hotel. I remember the 5 years or so I worked there fondly but VCR rentals pretty much spelled the end as much as redevelopment. The first sound movie shown in LB was shown there, I even met the electrician that put in the system and he was in his 80’s then. The orchestra pit was sealed off and very small and under the paint the vents for the air system were exotic hardwod. I still have some momentos of the place, the very last film shown there was “Children of the Corn”.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on August 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm

By 1952 it was listed as the NEWS-PALACE and was screening documentaries and newsreels.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Here is an August 1960 ad from the Long Beach Independent:
http://tinyurl.com/n7x22w

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm

The Palace is on the right in this LAPL photo, circa 1950s. The buildings on the left and right of the Pine 0-100 block have been demolished.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078650.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Here is a December 1977 ad from the Long Beach Independent:
http://tinyurl.com/raqch4

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Here is a January 1956 photo from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:
http://tinyurl.com/c6884w

longbeachbigscreen
longbeachbigscreen on October 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm

in the early 80’s i saw house of wax and battle beyond the stars both in 3-d. the theatre had a bright light on in the middle of the theatre. i remember the balcony i was scared to go up there by myself i was 11 at the time and i went to the theatre by myself. first and only time they closed it before i had a chance to get back there.

danwhitehead1
danwhitehead1 on August 3, 2008 at 11:22 am

The Pike!! Now there’s a name I haven’t heard spoken in many, many years.

LawMann
LawMann on August 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

I remember seeing it on Pine in Downtown L.B. driving past after spending a few hours at the Pike.

sirvan64
sirvan64 on April 8, 2008 at 11:13 am

THE PALACE THEATER IN LONG BEACH WAS A THEATER I DISCOVERED AROUND 1978-79 YEAR,AND I WENT WITH MY OLDER BROTHER TO GO SEE “PHANTASM AND CHALLENGE OF DEATH”.
OVER THE YEARS THEY USE TO PLAY A LOT OF EXPLOITATION MOVIES,ESPACIALLY KUNG FU FLICKS!
WHEN THEY STARTED REBUILDING LONG BEACH,THEY TORN THIS THEATER DOWN FOR THE NEW MALL.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I never before noticed how much the terrazzo of the Palace looked like the lower part of a giant clown’s face, with the nostrils just below the box office, and then… would that be a bristly moustache, or a mouth full of teeth like giant piano keys?

Can’t sleep. Palace will eat me!

(Don’t mind me. I probably just need medication. Or I’ve been at the computer too long)