Gilded Cage Theater
626 West Broadway,
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The Gilded Cage opened around the end of 1966. Located near Effie’s Liquor, it was created by remodeling a store-room and designed to service the needs of lost souls and sailors on liberty in Downtown San Diego.
Most of the movies it played were never advertised, and the ones that were, stayed a week or two at most. Among them, “The Weird World of LSD”, “The Playpen”, “The Vampire-Beast”, and “Mondo Cane” (probably the most famous film to play there). These films were projected using a rear-screen projection system.
The Gilded Cage disappeared from the daily movie listing after 1969. There is no record of how long it continued to play movies.
The One America Plaza (San Diego’s tallest building) currently stands on the site of the Gilded Cage.
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