Cabart Theatre

2342 E. Anaheim Street,
Long Beach, CA 90804

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Cabart Theatre exterior

The Cabart Theatre opened October 15, 1936. It closed November 12, 1961 with “Onionhead” & “Perfect Furlough”.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on June 13, 2007 at 9:15 am

Practically unrecognizable. There is a rather large atrium inside, which is some kind of Cambodian welcome center. I took some photos which I will post soon.

kencmcintyre on June 13, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Here is an article from the LA Times dated 11/26/59:


Thanksgiving fun for the entire family comes to local theaters Friday afternoon when Walt Disney’s festival of famous color cartoons, exciting Disney short subjects, plus the Three Stooges' feature length Fun-O-Rama, plays a special performance.

Theaters showing the all-fun program are the Paradise, Westchester; Cornell, Encino and Reseda in the Valley area; the Stadium, Torrance; Garmar, Montebello; Park, Gardena; Star, La Puente; and the Towne, Atlantic and Cabart in Long Beach. Doors will open at 12 noon with pictures starting at 1 p.m.

kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Here is a 1959 ad from the Press-Telegram:

bcurran1946 on January 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm

i was born in 1946 and we moved out to a address on ohio street when i was in elementry school( patrick henry). back then you could run the neighborhood without fear of being shot at, i used to spend many happy warm summer vacation days running amuck throughout the neighborhood, jumping fences,picking fruit from the neighbors trees and never once getting shot at(once in a great while a neighbor might complain).
as “raymond” mentioned the old cabart was a ball-it was cool-literally-and i got alot of nitemares from those old vincent price movies they always were showing.

cabartlvr on September 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

The Cabart was (and still is) my all time favorite theater. I fondly remember attending Saturday Kiddie Matinee programs with color cartoons, serial chapter and a double feature. I’m looking for photos and any home movies that anyone might like to share. Seems the photo on this page is the only one in existence but perhaps somebody has something stashed away. Any exterior or interior photos or film footage from any time frame would be wonderful. Also looking for same of any other Long Beach Theaters from days gone by.

cabartlvr on September 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

“River of No Return” & “Hell Raiders” (of the deep) played September 1-7, 1954. Final double feature of “Onionhead” & “Perfect Furlough” played final time on November 12, 1961. Still looking for photos or communication of and about the iconic Cabart.

cabartlvr on August 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Follow up research indicated the actual opening date of the Cabart was Oct 15, 1936. Press Telegram newspaper of that date had a titled story “Cabart Theater opening marks new advance of Anaheim Street.” Next day edition of the Press Telegram had a titled story “Long Beach’s new, ultra modern playhouse; throngs greet Cabart Theater dedication. The July 12, 1936 edition of the Press Telegram had a titled story "Work is started on movie house costing $75,000; on sw corner of Anaheim & Junipero – structure leased to Cabart firm for 15 years. Wondering if following a 15 year lease, if lease was renewed for 10 years and then not renewed again, causing the closure after final performances on November 12, 1961? Still researching the Cabart, still looking for photos, stories, etc.

cabartlvr on December 19, 2017 at 8:04 am

I just added a 1936 photo of the opening day of the Cabart. This is only the second photo I’ve seen of this wonderful neighborhood theater.

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