Mesa Theatre

1890 Newport Boulevard,
Costa Mesa, CA

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Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on June 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

A great little theater. Saw many a good film there including “Animal House” in 1978.

Too bad Costa Mesa is full of fascists now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm

There is a 1983 photo on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/dnmree

dangerine
dangerine on August 9, 2008 at 11:46 am

I worked in the box office at the Mesa not long before it was closed. It was a lovely theater with period details, and it broke my heart they let it get so run down. The upholstery was ratty and the AC didn’t work – in between shows they’d have us walk up and down the aisle spraying tons of air freshener to cover the mold smell.

I loved that the box office had a speaker hooked into the theater sound system, so I knew exactly when the movie started.

Edwards encouraged mediocrity in its employees by treating them terribly. Worst company I ever worked for.

NickSantangelo
NickSantangelo on April 6, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Lived a few block away (early 60s), used to ride my bike there for cheap Saturday matinees. Saw some bizarre double-bills (Annie Hall/Gator) and premiers as well (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World). Our junior-high PE teacher took tickets at the door when we were in high school- that was strange. It was a big theater- I don’t recall anything very remarkable about it architecturally. It was our neighborhood hangout and I was sorry to see it go.

riannesiler
riannesiler on September 25, 2005 at 7:11 am

I am Mason Siler’s granddaughter and the lido theater was my grandfather’s pride and joy. He and his father designed their theaters with the idea that going to the movies would be a unique and memorable experience. My grandfather absolutely loved the theater and it is wonderful to see people enjoying his work today.
Rianne Siler

carpie
carpie on April 5, 2005 at 12:33 pm

I have never actually visited the sites of the Lido, Balboa, and Mesa Theaters, but I have seen the Lido Theater in pictures shown to me by my parents. A very historical moment for this Siler family.

bkazmer
bkazmer on March 15, 2005 at 10:07 pm

A very nice large theater…very clean and always fun. We saw lots of wonderful films there. I went from 1961 until well into the 70’s. I sat behind some very lovely girl in there in 8th grade… Sandy Kahre.. I even recall the film… “None But The Brave"
Later on from my junior year up until I was married and moved away I took dates there often when I wasn’t at the Paulo or some other theater.