Victor Theatre

207 East Seaside Blvd.,
Long Beach, CA

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The Victor Theatre was one of those small independent theatres that stood along the streets of Long Beach.

Contributed by William Gabel

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HarryLime on October 23, 2003 at 7:50 pm

This theatre was located at 207 East Seaside Boulevard.

dougsarvis on February 19, 2004 at 11:46 pm

the victor was another reallly old theater that had been on the main midway in an amusement park called The Pike…it was gone by the 50’s

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 7:04 am

On 5/13/48, the Victor was showing a triple feature:
Son of Roaring Dan
Blondie Knows Best
Three Faces West

This is from an ad in the Long Beach Independent. Open Daily 11 a.m.

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2007 at 6:35 am

O tempores, o mores…

Theater Manager Held on Immoral Picture Charge

August 25, 1951 – Police yesterday raided a theater in the Pike amusement area and arrested the theater manager and projectionist on charges of exhibiting Immoral pictures, vagrancy and disorderly conduct. Booked were Chester E. Wind, 45, Los Angeles, theater manager, and James Solosky, 48, of 5442 Lemon Ave.

Det. Insp. E. H. Kennedy said he paid 50 cents to see films in the theater and that one of them, entitled “Tantalizing Tease”, exhibited a comely young lady whose attire consisted mostly of a smile. The theater is at 207 E. Seaside Blvd. Kennedy was assisted by Officers F. L. Good and R.C. Deaton. Wind and Solosky were released on $300 bail each, pending court appearances.

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2007 at 3:02 pm

You can see a theater under construction in this photo, but I can’t read the sign to what the name is:

kencmcintyre on September 21, 2007 at 7:23 am

Here is a 1949 ad from the Long Beach Independent:

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm

The Victor was renamed the Rainbow in April 1950, according to an item in Boxoffice magazine at that time:

Joe Rankine Jr. has opened his remodeled Rainbow Theater, formerly the Victor, on the Pike at Long Beach.

kencmcintyre on May 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Here is an item in the Long Beach Independent on 8/25/48:

Sale of two theaters by Isaac Victor, veteran Long Beach showman, was revealed last night. E. V. Tracy, owner of the Tracy Theater, has negotiated purchase of the Victor Theater, with clearance of the property through escrow expected today. The Rialto Theater was sold to Louis Federici.

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