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I took that photo of the Western Plaza Cinema February 12, 1969. I was on my way to see Zeffirelli’s “ROMEO AND JULIET”. The theater’s first movie was “THE GRADUATE” and I saw it 3 times in the next 2 days (March 29-30, 1968). When the theater was twined in 1974 there were still almost 500 seats on each side. February 7, 1974 I attended the first movie I had ever gone to by myself in Theater One. No one else came to the noon showing so I sat by myself in the empty theater for more than 3 hours watching “PAPILLION”. The theater went dark in ‘91 but was opened as Jolly’s Comedy Club in '92 with movies in one theater and live stand up in the other. The last movie I saw there was “BOB ROBERTS”, November 4, 1992. A couple of hotels now stand where the WP Cinema once was and the Western Plaza Mall is long gone, replaced by a new shopping center with restaurants all around. You’d never know it was ever there.
Great memories from this theater. Miss it!
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