Old Town Music Hall

140 Richmond Street,
El Segundo, CA 90245

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Architects: Edward Leodore Mayberry Jr.

Functions: Concerts, Movies (Classic)

Previous Names: State Theatre, El Segundo Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 310.322.2592

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Old Town Music Hall

Located in El Segundo, to the south of Los Angeles International Airport. The 350-seat State Theatre was opened around 1922. It was closed in the mid-1930’s and remained closed until 1944, when it reopened as the El Segundo Theatre. It was renamed State Theatre again in 1951.

Bill Coffman and Bill Field installed a mighty Wurlitzer organ in the old State Theatre in 1968. They had previously purchased the organ from the Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach in 1960 but used it at another location. Soon the former theatre, built in 1921 and always listed in movie guides as an independent, became known as Old Town Music Hall presenting concerts and accompaniment to silent films.

Bill Coffman passed away in December of 2001, but Bill Field with the help of volunteers is carrying on the Music Hall’s tradition, attracting a whole new generation of classic film and music enthusiasts.

The Old Town Music Hall is open Friday to Sunday, presenting classic films (both silents and ‘talkies’), and concerts of early jazz, ragtime and popular music of yesteryear. All silent films are accompanied live on the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ theatre pipe organ. Theatre rentals are available for private screenings and events. Old Town Music Hall is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. Bill Field passed away on June 28, 2020 while the Old Town Music Hall was closed due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is hoped to reopen in the summer of 2021.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm

The L.A. County Assessor’s office says that this building was built in 1921, with an effectively-built date (indicating major alterations) of 1923. Southwest Builder and Contractor had items in its issue of June 11, 1920, saying that Edward L. Mayberry Jr. was designing a brick moving picture theater at El Segundo for E.L. McMurry.

The State Theatre apparently closed in the mid-1930s, and remained dark for almost nine years. Boxoffice of August 19, 194, said that Norman W. Rowell had renovated and reopened the 350-seat house as the El Segundo Theatre.

Both an architect and an engineer, E.L. Mayberry is most closely associated with Long Beach, but worked throughout Southern California. He is credited as the engineer for architect George Washington Smith’s second Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, a legitimate house which later presented movies. The Lobero today is primarily a music venue, though it also serves as a venue for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm

There’s a typo in the middle paragraph in my comment above. The Boxoffice item cited was in the August 19, 1944, issue.

The name State Theatre was restored to this house in 1951, according to the July 28 issue of Boxoffice that year.

I found a September 16, 1968, Boxoffice item mentioning that the Cinema Showcase in El Segundo had been reopened. This is the only reference to the name in Boxoffice, and a Cinema Showcase in El Segundo isn’t listed in any of my old copies of the L.A. Times from that period. Has anybody else ever heard of it?

CSWalczak on February 7, 2010 at 12:42 am

There was a Showcase Cinema in Downey, CA operating in 1968; perhaps Boxoffice misidentifed the location?

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Here is the State Theater in 1955, with the Douglas Mortuary next door.

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

El Seguno in the caption should be El Segundo, as an aka.

sharring on September 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I love going to the Old Town Music Hall. When you turn on Richmond Street your car suddenly turns into a time machine that brings you back to the 20’s and 30’s. When you walk into the theater you forget that it is 2010. There is nothing like watching a silent movie and hearing the awesome sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer. Where else would you walk outside of the theatre to buy macaroons at the concession stand during intermission? The best and most unique music concerts are there on Sundays. I truly believe that you could find no other place like this on earth.

sk00 on October 20, 2010 at 3:17 am

Certainly my favorite theatre to visit. Those in attendance are always respectful of the great theater, and it is an absolutely enjoyable atmosphere. The staff loves what they do, and the films are top-notch silent pictures, and the accompanying musicians play beautifully. On my first visit, nearly a decade ago, I saw some Laurel & Hardy pictures that were shown from quality film prints. I love to return and see films here whenever I can. El Segundo is a wonderful city…

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on February 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

I just visited this theatre to see “The Great Victor Herbert.” The organ concert before the movie and during the silent comedy was outstanding. I was disappointed that the movie was a DVD, and the quality was poor. There was no contrast in the picture. Blacks were light gray. And the sound and picture were out of sync. I was hoping for a 35mm print, but it didn’t happen. At the end, the letters DVD appeared on the screen.

davidcoppock on March 17, 2018 at 6:42 am

This building was seen(outside and inside) in an episode of Storage Wars(My little Brony).

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