8163 Santa Monica Boulevard,
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The 1,085-seat Carmel Theatre was opened by West Coast Theatres on November 17, 1924 with Richard Barthelmess in “Classmates” (aka Winning Through). It was designed by noted theatre architect Lewis Arthur Smith. It later became known as the Fox Carmel Theatre.
In later years, it was renamed Carmel Museum Theatre and then Paris Theatre going over to screening adult movies. On July 19, 1967 it opened a second screen (possibly sited on the former stage-house?) which operated as the 100-seat Paris Penthouse Theatre, screening XXX adult films. The Paris Theatre was featured in the 1973 movie “The Police Connection” (aka The Mad Bomber) starring Chuck Connors & Neville Brand and directed by Bert I. Gordon. The Paris Theatre was destroyed by a fire in January 1976.
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