Arden Theatre

11709 Long Beach Boulevard,
Lynwood, CA 90262

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Arden Theatre exterior

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Opened in 1942, the Arden Theatre was destroyed by fire in 1988.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kd6dkc
kd6dkc on March 5, 2004 at 6:43 am

We often went to the Arden during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was somewhat classier than some of the movie houses closer to home (South Gate). I recall seeing some chapters of the movie serials “Superman” and “Rocketman” at the Arden, and I once spilled a full box of Ice Cream Bonbons on the floor there. I last saw the Arden in 1979. It was closed, very shabby and bore a “for sale” sign just left of the entrance. The architecture was somewhat different, featuring a concave vertical facade with the word “Arden” in slim, all caps 1920s-style type. It was located more or less across the street from the former Lynwood Theater, which I believe became a bowling alley while the Arden was still drawing big crowds.

BenCybulski
BenCybulski on April 3, 2006 at 4:03 pm

I’ve been looking for the name of this thater for over 40 years – As a Chicago boy visiting my grandparent in Lynwood, I would walk to this theater and enjoy great movies such as The Fly, Ben-Hur, and The Giant Claw. More importantly, however, it was here that at age 10 I discovered the enjoyment of talking to girls.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 8, 2007 at 9:12 pm

This photo from the LAPL shows the destruction of the Lynwood Theater in 1933, following an earthquake. I don’t know if the Lynwood was in the eponymous city or in Long Beach:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics48/00058879.jpg

ABTell
ABTell on June 21, 2007 at 3:30 am

I grew up within walking distance from the Arden and saw many many movies there, walking the aisles back and forth to the candy counter. My sister worked at the box office and let my brother and I in for free when she could. After a double feature and a cartoon it was over to Foster’s for a cold one. Here is a link to the Online Archive of California. Type “Arden” in the search box and several beautiful photos come up.

http://www.oac.cdlib.org/search.image.html

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 13, 2008 at 5:20 am

A used car lot is at this location now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 1, 2010 at 12:46 am

The Arden was last advertised in the LA Times in March 1974. By the way, chain should be “unknown” as opposed to independent.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I drove past this location a few days ago. Too bad I never saw this theater before the fire.

raywsfo
raywsfo on October 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

The Arden Theater was my very first job. The salary was $1.30 per hour. I had to usher and change the marquee on Tuesday nights after the last film started. Because the marquee had two sides, I normally worked until after midnight, finishing up. The manager wanted the Stars of the picture, besides just the Pictures name. Extra work. Sometimes in the rain! I was just a senior in High School.

davidplomin
davidplomin on December 30, 2013 at 3:39 am

I’ve never seen a theater where you could drive under the marquee! Nice design! Too bad it’s history now.

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