Rolling Hills Theatre
2535 Pacific Coast Highway,
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This was a big, beautiful modern theatre built in the 1960’s. The Rolling Hills Theatre opened October 2, 1963 with Shirley Jones and Gig Young in “A Ticklish Affair”. The two stars of the movie appeared ‘in person’ as well as other film stars Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Helen Greco and Spike Jones plus other personalities attended.
The building was a distinctive 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 theatre 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-1970’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 theatre was twinned, and then closed. The building still stands, now housing a restaurant.
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