Towne Theater

4425 Atlantic Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90807

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Opened shortly after World War II, this theater operated in North Long Beach until the mid-1970s. Usually competed with the Crest Theater just down the street for first run films.

The theater was closed in the mid-1970s and demolished.

Contributed by David Boyd

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Here is a 1959 ad from the Press-Telegram:
http://tinyurl.com/2kf7y9

mtatom
mtatom on January 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I lived in North L.B. and went to the Towne from around 1954 to 1965 or so. I remember it being huge, modern and clean. Didn’t they have “all cartoon” Saturday matinees? What a blast.

xswanson
xswanson on January 25, 2009 at 11:25 am

As a L.B. kid in the early-mid sixties, my friends and I would visit the Crest and the Towne. One question we debated was, which theater was best? We all liked the florid Crest, but I imagined the Towne as the more sophisticated alternative. Alas, I have practically no visual memories of either place anymore. And now both torn down, lo these thirty years. It cannot be!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Back on January 18, 2005, I said that the name of the architect of the Towne was Hugh Biggs. The article from which I took the information got his name wrong. I’ve lately found several references to the Towne Theatre giving his correct name, Hugh Gibbs. Gibbs was later one of the architects of the Long Beach convention Center.

A two-page illustrated article about the recently opened Towne was published in the December 7, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The house was originally operated by Cabart Theatres.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Here are some photos of the Towne from Boxoffice in November 1947:
http://tinyurl.com/ybvhl3n

rosecottage01
rosecottage01 on April 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Can anybody tell me if it was the Crest or the Towne that had the step down lounge? I believe that it was the Crest, but, I honestly can’t remember. I do remember that the last movie that I saw at the Towne was “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, back in 1963. I have such great memories of Long Beach at that time. Remember swimming in the little pond in Houghton Park? Lest, not forget the one & only POP (Pacific Ocean Park); of course that was Santa Monica, not Long Beach. Love those memories & Oh, if only life were that simple again… If anyone happens to have any pictures “PLEASE POST”.

William
William on August 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

The Crest Theatre had a step down lounge. The Loyola Theatre in Los Angeles, The Fox Theatre in Inglewood and the Crest Theatre in Sacramento all had the step down lounge areas.

nevin
nevin on January 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

ken mc – i cant bring up your pictures of the towne theater long beach ca please resubmit them thanks

nevin
nevin on February 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

BETWEEN THE TOWNE AND CREST – THEY WERE THE BEST – MEMORY’S OF THE WAY LONG BEACH CA WAS IN 1951, WITH THE BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT WELCH’S IN BETWEEN – ITS ALL GONE WITH THE WIND – NEVIN

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