Long Beach Theater

32 Long Beach Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Long Beach Theatre

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The Long Beach Theater was built in 1922 for vaudeville. A few years later it was converted to motion pictures. The theater was on American Avenue, which later became Long Beach Boulevard. The building was razed for a parking lot in November 1952.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on October 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

The Long Beach Independent had a front page story on the demolition of the theater, but the date was 11/13/52, not September as I stated above.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Plans for a new theater on American Avenue at the corner of Bunce Avenue (actually called Bunce Way, which was an alley half a block north of Ocean Avenue) were announced in the June 11, 1920 issue of Southwest Builder & Contractor. It was being designed by the firm of Walker & Eisen. Early references to this theater in the L.A. Library’s California Index call it either the Empire Theatre (apparently its opening name) or the Mission Theatre (on cards citing articles from 1924 about an enlargement of the stage and proscenium, with plans by Long Beach architect H.L. Gogerty.)

kencmcintyre on April 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

This is a sketch for a Long Beach Theater that may never have been built, according to the caption:

drb on August 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Could this be it on the left? I’ve looked through all the Long Beach listings, and this is the only one that looks to be the right distance away from the back of the Fox West Coast

drb on August 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Whoops, helps if I include the link:

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CSWalczak on August 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

No, that is the United Artists Long Beach Theatre. See my comment on the Fox West Coast page.

AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

According to Mr. David L. Junchen’s “Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ”, pg. 628, the Mission Theatre in Long Beach had a Smith theatre pipe organ installed at one time. Mr. Junchen’s Smith opus list gives no details as to exact nature of this organ, how many manuals, ranks, what the blower serial # was, or what year it was installed. Anybody know where it is now?

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