Bay Theatre

15140 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Bay Theatre exterior

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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 on January 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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 on September 3, 2011 at 4:03 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 on April 24, 2013 at 12:49 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 2:58 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 7:53 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 on May 24, 2013 at 8:12 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 on February 2, 2014 at 1:32 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 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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 8:11 am

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

kasha16760 on July 30, 2016 at 10:15 am

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

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