Redondo Beach Cinema 3

1509 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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Manwithnoname on November 17, 2019 at 6:39 am

Thanks rivest266. This ad was the grand opening of the newly twinned Cinema II. Can you imagine sitting in that cracker box watching a double bill of Oliver and Camelot?

rivest266 on November 16, 2019 at 11:15 am

December 20th, 1974 grand opening ad posted.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm

So near as I can figure from LA Times ads, and if anybody knows differently please correct me:

12/29/1964 Statewide Theatres opens the South Bay Theatre

Loews acquired Statewide Theatres

08/21/1969 Loews opens South Bay 2

12/24/1971 Loews opens South Bay 3

General Cinema acquires Loews in Southern California

12/20/1974 GCC splits South Bay 2 causing a name shift to all three buildings. South Bay 1 > South Bay I South Bay 2 > South Bay II-III South Bay 3 > South Bay IV

11/14/1986 South Bay 1 is split into three, causing a name shift to the buildings. South Bay 1 > Cinema 4-5-6 South Bay 2-3 > Cinema 2-3 South bay 3 > Cinema 1

11/25/1997 Cinema 2-3 and Cinema 1 close as GCC Galleria at South Bay 16 opens the following day inside the mall.

The original South Bay theatre, now the Redondo Cinema 3 closes.

plasticvengeance on February 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

So so many amazing memories here. The screen nearest Hawthorne Blvd. most often, I saw Sixteen Candles, The Karate Kid and more in the 80’s. The twinned house in the middle also showed Rocky Horror and other midnight movies (Dawn of the Dead, Cheech & Chong flicks) on the weekends. And that bowling alley complex was AMAZING, complete with an ice cream parlor, a coffee shop, a bar and an arcade. You could live there. ;)

jimtheactor on January 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm

I saw SNOW WHITE there at a very young age, JAWS there when it first came out, and then upon my return to the area in the 1980s, I saw CHUCK BERRY: HAIL HAIL ROCK AND ROLL. Good memories.

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.

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 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.

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.

kencmcintyre on September 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

Looks like they are building something on the site.

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.

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

Ray Milland story was good long with others.

kencmcintyre on August 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

R.I.P. Redondo Beach Cinema 3.

kencmcintyre on August 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Say goodbye to this one. I drove past today and the theater has been razed. Status should be changed to closed/demolished.

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I did that once in Philly-a rainy Tuesday afternoon. I was the only one in the theater for the show.

AdoraKiaOra on March 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I’ve visited this place around 15 or 20 times in the last 10 years or so and on only 2 occasions was there someone else in the theatre with me.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm

The best way to get a status changed is to fill out this form. Specify ‘Correction’ in the ‘Regarding’ menu.

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm

It will be updated evantually. Ken Roe is out of the country still, I think.

William on March 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Scott Neff just posts comments on here, he not part of this site’s staff. He’s part of CinemaTours site.

icekid1994 on March 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Do you know how to contact Scott Neff? I have to tell him something; edit the theater’s status to CLOSED because the theater’s marquee said “CLOSED”, and the movie listing is taken down as well.

kencmcintyre on March 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I drove by there today. Definitely closed. Rest in peace.

markinthedark on March 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

Somebody should let Scott Neff know another old GCC has bit the dust.

kencmcintyre on March 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

It wasn’t exactly breaking attendance records.