Bay Theatre

15140 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Opened in 1948, the S. Charles Lee-designed Bay Theatre was twinned in the mid-1970’s. The Bay Theatre was closed in late-1978 and was converted into a hardware store by 1980.

Contributed by William Gabel

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LarryDickman
LarryDickman on January 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Back in the mid-‘70s, whoever booked films into the Bay came up with some great double bills, terrific mixes of old and new flicks. So with “Old Dracula” you got Corman’s “Pit and the Pendelum.” With “Rollerball” came “Barbarella.” Aldrich’s “Flight of the Phoenix” was shown too, tho I can’t remember with what. And two years after I missed its initial release, the Vincent Price chiller “Theatre of Blood” screened with “Young Frankenstein.” (The booker must’ve liked “Blood” because the previous summer it played with AIP’s reissue of “Born Losers”!) Other memorable bills before and after the twinning: a screaming kid-filled matinee of the nature opus “Toklat,” “Planet” and “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “Tales from the Crypt” and “The Ra Expeditions” (!), “Marathon Man” and “The Enforcer,” “King Kong” ('76) and “Two-Minute Warning” and, on my last visit, “The Driver” and “High Ballin’”. So, a much- belated hats-off to the programmer at this modest but very-missed neighborhood hardtop…

lisasutton
lisasutton on January 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The Bay Theater closed its doors for the last time on September 10, 1978. The last films to play were “Saturday Night Fever” and “The One and Only” in theater 1, with “Freaky Friday” and “Hot Lead, Cold Feet” in theater 2. I think I saw every movie at the Bay that you mentioned in the post above, Larry

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on January 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Great photos posted by Ken Mc 11-20-05.

LarryDickman
LarryDickman on January 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

BTW, Lisa Weho and others: Did anyone happen to attend the midnight fright show hosted by TV horror host Seymour (actor Larry Vincent) in early ‘72? He showed Corman’s “Premature Burial.” I got to sit in the front row, a few seats away from Mr. Vincent, and it was a blast. My first midnight movie! During his opening remarks he said he’d invite selected attendees to come onstage (for what purpose, I can’t imagine) but it didn’t happen. At least he stayed to watch the film (quite raptly, as I recall) and signed autographs in the lobby after the screening. Fond memory: a few greedy kids kept cutting in line, wanting multiple signings, but Mr. Vincent was thoughtful enough to make sure every kid got one. And it was damn near 2 a.m. Now there’s a class act.

chris
chris on September 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I was an assistant manager at the Bay in the late 50’s/early 60’s and remember it well. The projectionist was Sam Shanley and he lived not far from the theater and had been there forever. I recall that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were customers, as were several Hollywood notables. Because of its location, it was also a favorite site for sneak previews which drew many of the actors, directors, producers and the like, On more than one occasion, we did not know the name of the film to be previewed until hours before it screened. The popular hangout was the Hotdog Show, across Sunset from the theater.

steveruberg
steveruberg on April 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I grew up in the Bay Theater. Every saturday there was a kid’s matinee. It was a wonderful time. What a shame that it’s closed.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on April 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I grew up in Santa Monica and remember going to this theatre once in a while. The last time I was there was in 1977 for a Double Feature of Islands in the Stream and Fun with Dick and Jane, both of which I remember seeing First Run at the National Westwood.

Fisk_Street
Fisk_Street on May 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

It was 1968 i think! I was 8 years old and my grandfather convinced my grandmother to LET THE KID GO ! On my own to the Movie down the street , Actually only a block down fisk St and turn left and past the fire dept station on sunset. Cross Sunset and there i was at the Bay Theater.

The movie that night was Bambi. Bought my ticket and the man said ! Save your ticket for the drawing. Well At the intermission they held a raffle, with 3 winners with last number called as First Prize . First number # Not Mine! Second Number # Not Mine! Third Number UNBELIEVABLE , WoW I WIN , I won the first prize , A Brand new $15 slot car set . I Ran home as fast as i could and my grandpa even called the theater to verify my story . I will never forget that night.

Fisk_Street
Fisk_Street on May 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

Never had the chance to sit in the balcony in the original Bay Theater. They allways had an usher guarding the staircase and by the time i became an adult it was gone :(

ScottyA
ScottyA on February 2, 2014 at 4:32 am

In 1973, my parents took me to see Slither and Ten From Your Show Of Shows. What a weird double feature!

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