322 W. Manchester Avenue,
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The Manchester Theater was built for West Coast Theatres and opened in 1926. It was located on Manchester Boulevard, next to an offramp for the Harbor Freeway, approximately three miles east of the Academy and Fifth Avenue Theaters.
The theater ran exploitation films or films with sensational titles like "Lady In A Cage" (which can be seen on AMC). While I was too young to stupidly drive to this theater and go inside, I got a good look at the patrons each time we drove by (my parents had friends in the area).
My impression was that, if I had patronized this theater, I would not have left the auditorium alive. This is the type of theater that John Waters writes about in his book "Shock Value."
If anyone attended the Manchester, they most likely knew martial arts and wore body armor into the theater. I would appreciate
> from anyone who had the ganas (nerve) to attend the Manchester.
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