Redondo Beach Cinema 3

1509 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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plasticvengeance on February 9, 2018 at 3:08 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 26, 2015 at 12:40 am

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 8:48 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 6:31 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 9:00 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 7:12 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 12:35 pm

Looks like they are building something on the site.

Manwithnoname on September 8, 2010 at 9:07 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 8:16 pm

Ray Milland story was good long with others.

kencmcintyre on August 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

R.I.P. Redondo Beach Cinema 3.

kencmcintyre on August 4, 2010 at 9:45 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 11:53 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 8:54 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 8:42 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 3:45 pm

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

William on March 17, 2010 at 3:26 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 3:11 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 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

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

markinthedark on March 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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

kencmcintyre on March 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

It wasn’t exactly breaking attendance records.

William on March 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Well that’s the second complex the chain has closed in the last month or so. They closed the Fairfax Theatre (triplex).

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Another one bites the dust. The theatre has been removed from Regency’s web site, and the theatre’s recording confirms the closing.

I remember going here a number of times when my mom lived in Redondo Beach. I know for certain I saw Pete’s Dragon and The Empire Strikes Back here.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Cinema 3 (the big house next to Levitz) is where I had one of my first THX experiences (with “Pretty Woman” – the exact wrong movie for THX!) as well as my first DTS Digital experience with “Jurassic Park” in 93. At the time, that was the LOUDEST movie I’d ever heard. The memorable sequence with the puddle vibrating to the sound of the oncoming T-Rex literally shook the theatre!