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

Recent comments (view all 154 comments)

TheEDGE on February 10, 2013 at 1:38 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 on March 16, 2013 at 2:37 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 on September 29, 2013 at 9:51 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 on October 30, 2014 at 6:40 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 on April 4, 2015 at 5:17 pm

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

KimF on April 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm

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

DavidZornig on April 4, 2015 at 9:51 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 on April 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

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

ediegold on May 24, 2015 at 7:32 am

My father was a projectionist there. He had taken that night off…..

pamkrist on April 16, 2016 at 11:29 am

When my family first moved to California in 1967, we briefly lived at the Torrance Inn next to the mall where the Rolling Hills Theater was located. I was 2 years old, and my brother and sister were 5 and 6. We can all remember a park next to the mall there (probably where an auto dealer sits now). Our mother would leave us at the park and go to the mall to work at a shoe store there, and also to do laundry at the laundromat. Does anyone remember the park there? Our mom says that there was a lady there that she would pay a few dollars to watch us but we all remember being there alone for hours. Later we moved up the hill to Palos Verdes where we lived until ‘73. I can remember going to movies at the theater, and especially remembered it after I saw the photos of the lobby. In later years whenever we would drive by there my sister would talk about the murders. What boggles my mind is that the Torrance Inn is still standing. I’ve heard it’s quite the drug zone. I can remember a fire in the building when I was there with my mom and all the fire trucks coming. Pretty good memory for a two-year old! I also remember somewhat the inside of our apartment there.

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