Rolling Hills Theater

2535 Pacific Coast Highway,
Torrance, CA 90505

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Rolling Hills Theater 2013

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This was a big, beautiful modern theater built in the 1960’s.

The building was a distictive design, entering the lobby, then making a hard right to enter the auditorium. The roof of the building slanted upwards, higher as it extended to the back of the building.

The theater had a huge screen and is believed to have been run by Pacific Theatres.

The Rolling Hills also has a very sad history:

One morning in the early ‘70’s the projectionist failed to return home and the police were called. Once inside, the bodies of the projectionist, Asst. Manager and two other employees were found in the manager’s office, on the floor, tied and murdered execution style. The safe was open so the killers had already gotten the day’s receipts. A Disney double feature played that evening. The Manager, who was off that night, was so upset he converted the stockroom to an office and never used the other one again. The Daily Breeze ran photos of the bodies being taken out on gurneys. This was the beginning of the end.

Shortly after the theater was twinned, and then closed. The building still stands, now housing a restaurant.

Contributed by Manwithnoname

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bbqbob
bbqbob on January 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Anyone still interested in seeing the old Rolling Hills Theatre may want to checkout the classic short film SKATER DATER. They filmed a pretty good segment in the Rolling Hills Plaza. I worked @ the theatre @ the time of the murders,and also hung around the village and port o call I did not know the little killer hung around there.But I’m glad they got the SOB. no telling how many times he may have repeated his MO. 4 2 theatre & then TG&Y

dimensionsinstereo
dimensionsinstereo on February 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

@filmex2000 Awe (Boo-Hoo-At The Zoo for the scumbag! LOL) He got what he COMPLETELY deserved! And YUP what you said about TPD is EXACTLY true and Torrance at that time was one of the safest city’s, not only in the South Bay but ANYWHERE in Ca!!! AWE THE GOOD OLE DAYS of Law-Enforcement…I can varify what you said cause I worked for TPD and Del Amo Mall Security in the mid 80’s. Great bunch of LawLugs and was still a great city untill the ‘Libs’ DESTROYED TPD AND TORRANCE! Last time I was their in 04 Del Amo was a crime hell hole and by the looks of it Torrance ta boot. What a shame!!! Born and raised in the South Bay 1960, but left the South Bay fer good in 86! Could see that the LIBS were gonna be destroying GOOD OLE TORRANCE and ALL of Southern Ca…Loved that theater and went to see a lotta movies there when we lived in the Rolling Hills…

TheEDGE
TheEDGE on February 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Dimensions in Stereo – from Old Towne Mall??? Been trying to find Mark since they closed one of the best Audiophile stores in Torrance ever.

Kittiecat0000
Kittiecat0000 on March 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

I was with my mom that morning. She was friends with Don Nash, the Torrance Chief of Police. He said that the victims were taken in to the office and their throats were slit from ear to ear. It was a blood bath in there. I think at least two were in high school. This really left a horrible impression on me since I was young and the details were graphic. A few weeks later the T G &Y store had the same thing happen but it was just the manager or whoever closed. I heard about Torrance cops doing that and I believe it. You never saw much on either story. It still makes me sick and sad to think about what happened in that room.

LAMADDOGMADDIN
LAMADDOGMADDIN on September 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I remember that real well. My older brothers girlfriend was one of the people murdered. She was a nice person. He was and we all were real sad for her and her family. As I remember I think they did not find the murderers.

brianmarshall
brianmarshall on October 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

T G &Y store murder, I remember going there the next day, police there and i looked through the window and saw blood on the floor. Strange looking back then.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

This June 7,2014 link has the TG & Y story and several photos. Copy and paste to view.

http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/history/2014/06/07/the-rolling-hills-theatre-had-mostly-good-times-but-one-very-bad-one/

KimF
KimF on April 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm

David, thank you so much for the link! The photos and ad are awesome. I remember the lobby like it was yesterday…

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm

I also added a 1975 pic to the Photos Section. Skateboarders lined up in front of the old marquee. Though it’s hard to see,

KimF
KimF on April 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

Nice! I’m Class of ‘76, albeit I had moved to Las Vegas in 1969. Great '70s pic!

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