7980 La Mesa Boulevard,
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Architects: Simeon Charles Lee
Styles: Quonset Hut
Located in the La Mesa suburb of San Diego on La Mesa Boulevard at University Avenue. This theatre was built in 1948, opening on September 7, 1948. It was designed by architect S. Charles Lee. The Helix Theatre was a Quonset Hut style theatre. It had a car park which held 125 cars. After WWII, theatre owners were looking for ways to construct theatres cheaper. The Quonset Hut was one way.
Other theatres using the Quonset Hut design were the Fox Crest Theatre in North Long Beach, the Garmar Theatre (razed), Avo Theatre, Puente Theatre, Visalia Theatre, and Colorado Theatre. There are few examples of this theatre style remaining in the United States.
The Helix Theatre is one of those casualties, closing on December 4, 1976, and has since been demolished.
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