Marina 1-2-3

302 S. Catalina Avenue,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Marina Theater 1982

The Strand Theater was another classic house in the Beach area, situated across from Redondo Beach Pier. It opened on January 6, 1938 with Stuart Erwin in “Small Town Boy”.

On March 8, 1968, the screen was moved forward and the back of the theater walled off creating the Surf Theater which ran art films and pictures like Roger Corman’s "The Trip".

On December 25, 1969, what remained of the original theater was twinned and the whole thing renamed the Marina 1-2-3. Eventually, the Strand Theater was closed and demolished.

Contributed by Manwithnoname

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on June 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Ron, as with many other area theaters (Harbor and Torrance drive-ins, Stadium, Grand, etc.) condos now grace this site. I attended this theater as far back as the early ‘60s seeing films like “PT 109”, “Cinderfella” and “Batman”. “To Sir, With Love” was showing on a temporary screen while they were creating the Surf. I think the co-feature was “Kaleidoscope”. Another film I remember showing at the Surf was “Spirits of the Dead”. At the Marina 2 I saw “Vanishing Point” for the first time and it became one of my all time favorites playing the bottom half of a double bill with “Escape from the Planet of the Apes”. There was also a triple bill of “The Wild Angels”, “Devil’s Angels” and “Hells Angels on Wheels”. Cool.

PatH
PatH on January 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

My father loved the Strand. In the mid/late 1940’s and I believe into the 1950’s, he would always get excited about winning a theater drawing for prises. The best of all times was a MG roster.
I have great memories fishing at the local rainbow style pier.
Pat

LawMann
LawMann on August 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Hi Pat
I used to fish on the Horseshoe Pier during the mid-60’s. We used to get there 4 am when it was still dark but people were already there fishing. Great times for a kid growing up during the 1960’s.

davidfhale
davidfhale on November 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

Here’s a photo of the original Strand.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_felsing/3313817607/

David

tnavel
tnavel on March 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

the strand was where i would take a date to then go just next door to the revalairs club.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

What is now in this location?

beachkid
beachkid on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 am

I remember attending in the late ‘60 or early '70, a Dracula movie at the Strand. I don’t recall the name of the movie. Any ideas where I can obtain a listing of movies shown at the Strand during the above time frame? I remember going to the Strand from the early '50 until I moved out of Redondo in the mid '60. I also attended the Fox Redondo.

Realtorman150
Realtorman150 on January 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

I used to work at the Marina Theater 83-84 and Randy and Court Was still working…I still Remember when Mr. Klee?? Would pull up in his Big Lincoln to the front and his wife would stay in the car…I would change the Marque for the New movies and clean the lot for extra hours on Sunday after the theater closed…How time flies by!…Does anyone know if Randy is still alive today? How about Lynden I believe who was running the projection booth? Andrea, James Martinez, John Walz…Wow old times

rivest266
rivest266 on September 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 31, 2019 at 4:10 pm

The Surf cinema opened on March 8th, 1968 and the Marina Cinema 1 & 2 opened on December 25th, 1969. Grand opening ads posted.

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