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According to old newspapers on file in the local history room at the Anaheim Public Library, the New Grand Theatre was opened by Mrs. Sadie Frohman in 1916 at a cost of $35,000. It was touted as being completely fireproof and as having a ventilation system where the perfumed air is exchanged every three minutes. In addition to having room for 700 patrons there were two stores on the street and sixteen offices on the second floor. Mr. Mozart, the manager said that it’s customers will be people who have been motoring to Los Angeles but now can see the same pictures at reduced rates and not have to forego the trip back in the middle of the night.
The New Grand Theatre predated another Anaheim theater, the California Theatre built in 1925, which later became the Fox Theatre. It always remained an independent and by 1940 it had become known just as the Grand Theatre.
In 1959 the name was changed to the Garden Theatre and it played second-run movies and so-called adult films which looking back today were probably very tame. In 1978 it became the Pussycat Garden Theatre and played the usual porn movies. It was demolished in 1983 due to a downtown revitalization.
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