Strand Theater

302 S. Catalina Avenue,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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The Strand Theater was another classic house in the Beach area, situated across from Redondo Beach Pier. It opened on January 6, 1938.

In the 1960’s, 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".

Several years later, 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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lisapaolotti on April 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I worked at the Marina 3 theater from 1978 to 1981 and Randy Ruddy was my manager. Randy, in all the years since then I’ve always said it was my favorite job ever, and that you were the greatest boss because you were the only boss who ever told his employees “I’ll look out for you guys, just don’t screw up too badly”. Even after all my professional and intellectual jobs, serving popcorn at the Marina was my best job ever (with the possible exception of my current) b/c it was like hanging out with fun, interesting friends, all the free popcorn you want, serving customers who are typically in a good mood, and watching all the movies you want for free! Nirvana! And wearing the shortest and tiniest sailor dress. And lots of crazy times. And I’ll never forget my friend Dean.

Manwithnoname on June 6, 2009 at 1:32 am

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 on January 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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.

LawMann on August 16, 2010 at 1:49 am

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 on November 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Here’s a photo of the original Strand.


tnavel on March 17, 2012 at 10:22 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 9:36 pm

What is now in this location?

beachkid on July 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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 on January 24, 2018 at 8:08 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

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