Redondo Beach Cinema 3

1509 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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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.

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.

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.

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.

William on March 10, 2010 at 5:32 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 5:12 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 2:38 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!

kencmcintyre on June 10, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Showing today-Hannah Montana, Knowing and I Love You, Man.Wasn’t the last one first-run like two weeks ago? Admission is $3.25.