Redondo Beach Cinema 3

1509 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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Redondo Beach Cinema 3

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At one time, this was actually three separate free standing buildings — each one a large, modern single screen theater.

The first, simply called the South Bay Theater when it opened in the 1960’s, was built close to Hawthorne Boulevard. Next to it were storefronts and a bowling alley. On the other side of the alley, Cinema 2 was built, another large, modern single screen house. A little further down, #3 was built which was the nicest of all and may have been equipped for 70mm.

Eventually, Cinema 2 was twinned, and then the original theater was tri-plexed in the 1980’s.

General Cinema later built a large multiplex in the adjacent shopping center and the two newer houses were closed.

The original theater operated as an independent, second-run triplex as the Redondo Beach Cinema 3 until it was closed in March 2010. It was demolished in summer of 2010

Contributed by Manwithnoname

Recent comments (view all 46 comments)

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

R.I.P. Redondo Beach Cinema 3.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Where do we go now to watch movies for three bucks?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Ray Milland story was good long with others.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on September 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I can also confirm this theater has been demolished. First the building and the street marquee within the past couple of months. Status should be changed.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

Looks like they are building something on the site.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I hope I’ve positioned the street view accurately. Don’t have any photos yet. The theaters were just to the south of the (then) South Bay Galleria Mall, which is what I remember it being called in the 1980s.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Originally known as Loew’s South Bay 2, perhaps? Check out this 1970 trade article: Boxoffice

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on July 29, 2012 at 6:00 am

Tinseltoes: Nice post. The theaters were managed by Loew’s before General Cinema and the page needs to be updated. This was the second building built which was nice until it was twinned. I also didn’t realize that cinema 2 was originally equipped for 70mm. I don’t remember any films playing in that format in this house but they certainly did in the cinema 3 building. Interesting to me that the oldest of the three buildings was the last to be demolished.

LawMann
LawMann on June 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm

South Bay Cinema 3 which was next to Levitz furniture never ran 70mm. In fact it didn’t even have stereo sound. The booth has two Simplex XL projectors. When I worked there in the early to mid 1970’s General Cinema operated the three theatres.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on June 30, 2013 at 5:48 am

LawMann, The original Cinema 3 (furthest back from the street) did have 70mm capability but may have been installed later. It seems likely that the 70mm equipment was moved over after Cinema 2 was twinned. The first film I remember being in 70mm was “The Mission” which was released in 1986.

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