Tower Theater

605 W. Broadway,
San Diego, CA 92101

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Late `40's. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Land Facebook page.

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The New Tower Theatre opened on November 1, 1941 with “Her Enlisted Man” starring Barbara Stanwyck (a re-issue of the 1935 movie “Red Salute) and Bruce Bennett in "The Phantom Submarine”.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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fmbeall on April 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

The architect was S. Charles Lee, who also did (the much more spectacular) Tower Bowl complex directly across the street.

kencmcintyre on April 5, 2009 at 12:40 am

This is a 1981 photo. I remember when “Thunderbuns” was playing at the adult theaters in Philly around that time, my frat brothers and I got a kick out of the name.

rivest266 on April 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

November 1st, 1941 grand opening ad has been posted here.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 27, 2012 at 1:04 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

DavidZornig on December 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Interesting that the giant ball signage spells out BOWLING in the circa 1940 photo, and TOWER in the late `40’s photo I just posted. It is identified on the right in the 1940 photo, but I believe it is on the left. Did the bowling alley convert into the Tower Theater?

chspringer on December 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

The Tower theatre was located across the street from the bowling alley.

arriano on September 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

Click on the photo tab, I just uploaded a better photo of the theater

Gregory May
Gregory May on November 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Pictured is Tower BOWL. Tower Theatre is across the street.

robertcampbell on November 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Bunch of us went in there once to see this X movie called “Angel Above Devil Below” a spoof on the exorcist, where this womans vagina gets possessed and starts yelling things. The whole audience was laughing it was great. What was strange was that during the exorcism scene (furniture flying around the room) the film jammed in the projector, we all watched the film melting away on screen. Everyone hooted and yelled, it was great fun. It was a nice theater inside, except it smelt like stale mothballs.

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