Liberty 3 Cinemas

4266 Gage Avenue,
Bell, CA 90201

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Fox Alcazar Theatre exterior

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This former Fox theater opened as the Alcazar Theater in 1925.

It was later known as the Bell Theater and finally the Liberty Theater when it was tripled in 1974. It was closed in the 1980’s and demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

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JasonEVega
JasonEVega on August 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm

The Alpha Theater, the last remaining theater in Bell has been sold. New owner plans to convert building into a restaurant.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm

There should be an aka of Liberty 3 Cinemas.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

It was changed, but not correctly, I don’t think. It should be Cinemas instead of Theaters.

dvdriver
dvdriver on November 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

I use to go to the ALCAZAR when I was a kid. From 1956 to 1960 it was a beautiful theater. Halloween was my favorite time with a real coffin and a live person in it:) What great memories. I think admission was thirty five cents at that time. My how times have changed.

T_Marcher
T_Marcher on December 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

My buddy and me use to sneak in the Alcazar on Friday nights in the late 60’s there was so much crud on the floor are shoes use to stick to it. Saw the movie Klute
there with Jane Fonda. It was my first nipple! God how we loved that place!

KlairBybee
KlairBybee on April 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I worked at the Alcazar from 1952-1957 changing the marquee and as doorman. I started at .75 an hour as doorman and split $6 three ways for a year changing the marquee. Eventually I endured the departure of my friends and got the whole $6 a week for learning how to spell correctly actors names and titles (correctly). I remember my most difficult title word was “Pharaohs” for the movie “The Land of the Pharaohs.” Most difficult name was Barbara Stanwyck. I was so dedicated to the job that I started changing the California Theatre in Huntington Park also. It paid $10 a week. I got free passes for my friends too. Sometimes I’d charge them a cheaper price than the ticket… Mr. Rankin was the projectionist and I’d have to bring down the out going film in big cans. The theatre manager would have us paint the theatre lobby occasionally and change the posters. The posters had to be sent back after use, but I had to keep my favorite movie posters, “East of Eden” and “Rebel Without a Cause.” I continued changing marquees all over L.A. until 2007. I worked at the Universal CityWalk Cinemas from 1987 to 2007 and was being paid $330 weekly. Among all the other employments I had at the same time, I made more money changing marquees, than acting, directing, teaching, TV cue-cards, chicken truck driving, and modeling… I even have an old Alcazar check that was never cashed for $6.

mp2583
mp2583 on August 14, 2012 at 2:42 am

I too used to go with my friends in the 70s. Things were so simple and fun. Great memories. I used to work across the street at Atlantic Lumber just behind the Dairy store. Does anyone have or know where I can find photos of Atlantic Lumber?

CHinz1978
CHinz1978 on April 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

The story posted by kencmcintyre “Theater fight Ends In Death Of Two Youths” is totally false. The two boys who were murdered were my Dads friends. My Dad was there with them when the murders took place. Robert Haney and Billie Bogard did not block the doors in the washroom or say “We don’t like surfers around here”. They weren’t even together when they were stabbed. George Escobedo was a guy who you could say who was a little strange. He had a screw lose. My Dad knew him as well and told me he had always been on the weird side. My Dad and Robert Haney were standing next to each other in the lobby of the movie theatre and Escobido stabbed Robert Haney in the back. He stabbed Billie Bogard in the washroom. Haney and Bogard were not together when they were stabbed. They did not fuel the fire to any type of fight. It was done by Escobido because Escobido was in my own opinion, mentally disturbed. I just wanted to set the record straight on this story. The two guys who were murdered were good boys and friends of my Dads. They should not have lost their lives and then lied about.

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