Tower Theater

605 W. Broadway,
San Diego, CA 92101

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robertcampbell
robertcampbell on November 3, 2014 at 12:03 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.

gregoryagogo
gregoryagogo on November 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

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

arriano
arriano on September 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

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

chspringer
chspringer on December 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 27, 2013 at 4:12 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?

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

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!

rivest266
rivest266 on April 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

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.
http://tinyurl.com/dmuh6p

fmbeall
fmbeall on April 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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

chspringer
chspringer on April 3, 2008 at 3:44 pm

P.S. to my above comment. The company that ran the theater in the 60s also ran the Spreckles and the Broadway.

chspringer
chspringer on April 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

The Tower was across the street from the Armed Forces YMCA and served mostly military men on shore leave. In the 60s they ran mostly soft core.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 2, 2008 at 11:06 pm

The Tower is visible on the right in this photo, circa 1940:
http://tinyurl.com/2g75hg