Old Town Music Hall

140 Richmond Street,
El Segundo, CA 90245

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jdsch
jdsch on May 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

The website for the music hall is: http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/

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.

sk00
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…

sharring
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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Here is the State Theater in 1955, with the Douglas Mortuary next door.
http://tinyurl.com/28qrejx

CSWalczak
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?

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?

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2008 at 6:25 pm

You’ll have to ask Ken Roe for help with that one.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Probably a storefront.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Good luck finding that one.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm

There is a reference in the LA Times on March 1, 1913 to an unidentified theater in El Segundo:

A photoplay theater has been opened here by Alfred Fielder, formerly of Anaheim. A record crowd witnessed the opening show. Mr. Fielder aims only to show the best of pictures and make the show one of the best in this section.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Them’s fightin' words, pal. Of course, I did leave Jersey as soon as possible and never went back. Still a great state, though.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 6, 2007 at 7:26 pm

It sounds like New Joisey. LOL

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 7:24 pm

It’s still going, apparently. I lived in El Segundo for about six years, but I never went to one of the shows. El Segundo is a nice little town, but location-wise leaves a little to be desired as it’s between the LA airport, a huge Chevron refinery and an equally large sewage treatment plant. Sometimes when the wind blows right you get a nice whiff from all three.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 6, 2007 at 7:19 pm

This is a photo of the Old Town Music Hall.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 9:26 am

There’s a typo in the aka at the top, should be El Segundo Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Crime in El Segundo on 10/29/79, according to the LA Times:

Three Arrested in Theater Hold Up

El Segundo police arrested three men on suspicion of robbing the employees and patrons of a silent movie theater at gunpoint, and beating the manager when he attempted to escape.

After robbing the employees and firing one pistol shot at the projection room ceiling, the pair forced the employees into the theater auditorium and told the patrons they were going to be robbed. Moviegoers at first thought it was a Halloween prank, but quickly complied with orders to hand over their valuables when three more shots were fired into the ceiling. Owner William Coffman, 53, was beaten when he tried to escape.

When the bandits fled with their loot in a trash sack, they discovered that El Segundo detectives had been watching the compact car in which a confederate was waiting for them. Coffman was treated at the scene by paramedics and was released for treatment by a private physician.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 3, 2007 at 9:59 am

El Segundo should be listed as an aka, advertised as such in the LA Times on 1/22/50. Features were “Roseanna McCoy” and “Easy Living”.

downtownfreddiebrown
downtownfreddiebrown on October 28, 2005 at 6:30 pm

Visited this special theater on October 2 for the screening of the silent film Nosferatu. The entire event was outstanding. The organist played a pre-movie concert, accompanied the comedy, a sing-a-long, and the movie without ever having a sheet of music in front of him. Amazing!! Can’t wait to return on March 19 for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Go experience this fantastic venue.

downtownfreddiebrown
downtownfreddiebrown on October 28, 2005 at 6:29 pm

Visited this special theater on October 2 for the screening of the silent film Nosferatu. The entire event was outstanding. The organist played and pre-movie concert, accompanied the comedy, a sing-a-long, and the movie without ever having a sheet of music in front of him. Amazing!! Can’t wait to return on March 19 for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Go experience this fantastic venue.