7980 La Mesa Boulevard,
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This theater was built in 1947 and designed by architect S. Charles Lee. The Helix was a Quonset hut style theater. After WWII, theater owners were looking for ways to construct theaters cheaper. The Quonset hut was one way.
Other theaters using the Quonset hut design were the Fox Crest Theatre in North Long Beach, the Garmar (razed), Avo, Puente, Visalia, and Colorado Theaters. There are few examples of this theater style remaining in the United States.
The Helix is one of those casualties and has been demolished.
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