Bay Theatre

15140 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Architects: Simeon Charles Lee

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Bay Theatre exterior

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. It was closed on August 31, 2018 and the building stands unused.

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Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

steveruberg on April 24, 2013 at 8:49 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 on April 24, 2013 at 10:58 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 on May 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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 on May 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

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 on February 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

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

Galanty on December 29, 2014 at 5:29 am

Elvira use to be used to introduce horror movies. It was wonderful experienced for us teenagers at the time to have such a beautiful seductress moderate the movies.

Moneyspider on August 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Not quite the same as reopening at the original site but…

kasha16760 on July 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm

fisk_street… love your story about winning the slot car set!!! thanks for sharing!

BRADE48 on June 23, 2017 at 4:50 am

The classic Pacific Palisades Bay Theatre is coming back.

Designed in 1948 with a marquee by S. Charles Lee, the Bay Theatre closed in 1978 and soon was converted into a hardware store. However, Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso announced today that exhibitor Cinépolis USA will be bringing the Bay Theatre back as a luxury cinema house in Caruso’s new shopping-lifestyle center Palisades Village on Swathmore Avenue, opening next summer.

The newly redesigned Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas will feature five screening rooms each with approximately 40-60 luxury leather recliner seats, reserved seating and call buttons for full food and bar service. Lee’s marquee sign will even be resurrected.

“We are thrilled to bring back the long-cherished Bay Theatre with Cinépolis USA,” Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated, said in a statement. “Cinépolis continues to elevate the moviegoing experience. Its intimate, comfortable setting will make it a perfect fit in our project and become, once again, an anchor within the community.”

Said Adrian Mijares Elizondo, CEO of Cinépolis USA: “We are inspired by the nostalgia of our new location and the community that Palisades Village will create, and are honored to contribute to this valued connection between family and friends. Cinépolis USA’s unique and entertaining luxury moviegoing experience is something we take much pride in, and we are thrilled to be able to introduce our personal touch to a new group of movie enthusiasts.”

Caruso’s Palisades Village has been in the works for the past three years, and the revitalization is designed to respect and honor Pacific Palisades’ history. Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas will be joined by Vintage Grocers and the return of a community staple, Bentons Sports Shop.

The Bay Theatre is the second movie theater under construction in Los Angeles, with the Alamo Drafthouse set to open its doors next year at the Bloc downtown shopping district.

DavidZornig on November 28, 2018 at 5:54 am

Status should be updated to Open as of November 2018.

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