Alpine Theatre

833 Torrance Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90502

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 14, 2003 at 1:38 am

In the 60’s, art films such as Fellini’s “Juliet of the Spirits” played here. It was indeed located in Alpine Village.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on December 24, 2004 at 9:09 pm

It’s still there. You kind of have to know where to look, though.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 8, 2005 at 7:16 am

This should just be listed as “closed”, because it’s certainly still there – booth, screen, auditorium and all.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 12:40 am

Open only on weekends in the late sixties, per the LA Times.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 5:08 am

There was an Alpine Theater listed at 834 Alpine in the 1938 city directory. I know there’s an Alpine Street in Chinatown, which may have been what the directory was referring to. I don’t know if that area of Torrance was even developed in 1938.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2007 at 5:32 am

Ken: 834 Alpine in Los Angeles is at the corner of Alpine and Figueroa, and the theatre there is listed at CT as the Kim Sing Theatre, 722 N. Figueroa.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on August 15, 2007 at 5:38 am

The Kim Sing was known as the Alpine through 1945 at least.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 4:56 am

I was in this building the other day. It was being used for bingo. The screen is still at one end of the auditorium.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 22, 2008 at 2:48 am

Do we have a bingo function? Otherwise it’s a community hall, more or less.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 15, 2010 at 1:00 am

I was in the building yesterday. Out front it says “Klub Haus,” with nothing to indicate its previous life. We got lucky; the door was open. We walked in and spotted the projection portals on the back wall. An employee confirmed that we were in the right place. The lobby had a bar. There was no screen, and there were long dining tables set up, banquet style. My friend went up and looked in the booth; it was being used for storage.

The address refers to all the buildings; some had letters to differentiate them, and I looked for one on the Klub Haus to make it easier to future cinema fans to find, but couldn’t find one.

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