Brayton Theatre

2157 Atlantic Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90806

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1933 photo via the Y-Block Guy Facebook page.

The Brayton Theatre opened in July 1925. After it closed in the early-1950’s, it reopened for a while showing serials etc on Saturday & Sunday mornings. It then closed for good.

In 1967 it was reopened as part of the War on Poverty as a Teen Post, teaching acting skills to youngsters in the neighborhood. It was later torn down to make way for a Filipino church.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on June 13, 2007 at 5:23 pm

2157 is a vacant lot.

inthelight20 on July 23, 2008 at 9:02 am

I have an original theatre program from the 1st theatre in 1933. My grandpa got it before the 2nd theatre was demolished in the early 70’s.

Brayton Theatre Program Side 1:
Brayton Theatre Program Side 2:

kencmcintyre on February 24, 2009 at 3:28 am

In January 1967, the Long Beach Independent reported that a teen theater troupe would use the Brayton for performances:

The Magnolia Theater has completed ts subscription series and does not plan to resume activities until fall; The New Theater, a Teen Post operation of the Office of Economic Opportunities, has opened in the old Brayton Theater on Atlantic.

imperatorclaudius on December 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm

My mother took me to the Brayton Theater in the late 1940’s( around 1947 or 1948) We lived a half a block away from it. My recollection is it may have closed as early as 1949. For years it sat vacant. Then in 1966 it opened as a Teen Post. My mother was assistant director there serving under Bob Hunt who was the director. During the summers of 1966 and 1967, I hung out there. One staff member who I only knew as “Brownie” sold pills from there. It was, however, by then in terrible shape. I recall seeing old man Brayton coming by in the summer of 1966 to look things over. The demolition date given above is not correct. I recall that taking place in the earliest during 1975 and at the latest by 1977. As far as the church goes, at first it was African-American, then, by the late 1990’s, Hispanic and only by the turn of the century did it become Phillipino. During the last two years everything on the eastside of Atlantic Avenue from 20th Street to Hill Street was demolished to make way for some units.

kencmcintyre on April 16, 2010 at 3:01 am

I see that Jacob already posted the links in July 2008, so thanks to him for the program.

braytond2002 on June 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

Hello everyone. My grandfather Jack owned this theater before the big earthquake. It was destroyed afterwards and as my dad got older he decided to run it. He ended up selling the property after it went out of business. The thing just wouldnt make enough money. He was born in 1944, so when he was 26, The year would have been 1970. If anyone would like to know more about the theater, i could ask my dad.

-Derek Brayton

cabartlvr on October 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I’m currently going through several Long Beach newspapers that are on microfilm. The period I have access to covers 1938-1977. I found the “newly opened” Brayton Theatre advertising from approximately Aug 6, 1969 through approximately Sep 16, 1969. At that period of time they were charging adults 99 cents and kids 49 cents. During this short run, they went from family friendly double features to adult only double features and apparently closed down for awhile. Found more advertising running from November 13, 1970 through mid February 1971. Any seat, any time 49 cents, mostly family friendly double features and kid shows on Saturdays that included 10 cartoons. Will post again if I find anything further.

cabartlvr on October 10, 2014 at 2:36 am

Since my last post, Oct 6, 2014, I have perused Long Beach newspapers on microfilm through June of 1973. The last advertisement I found for the Brayton Theatre was Tuesday February 16, 1971. Double feature of “Sand Pebbles” and “The Undefeated.” Ad indicated theatre opens M-S 6:30 Sunday 12:30. Since most theatres changed their programs on Wednesday, I presume this would have been the last day of operation for the Brayton.

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