Norwalk Theatre

12039 Firestone Boulevard,
Norwalk, CA 90650

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NORWALK THEATRE - 1930's

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The Norwalk Theatre was opened around 1925. It was twinned in 1972.

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adamlove
adamlove on December 27, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Hi, Mike: I wish I caouls have had your experience of working at the Norwalk Theatre. I spent many of my most fondly-remembered 1950’s childhood hours sitting in the dark in that old building.

No one I knew ever knew in the 50;s and 60’s ever called it the Norwalk Theatre. It was known by one and all simply as “The Show”.

The Norwalk Theatre (by then doing business as the Norwalk Tin Cinemas) was indeed an X-rated theatre for a brief time.

Here is a link to a picture of picketers in front of the Norwalk:

http://tinyurl.com/2pj3ft

Protesters managed to get it re-converted to a family theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm

The Google Maps link for the Norwalk Theatre won’t display the correct location unless the address is changed to that which the property has now: 12039 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 19, 2008 at 9:18 am

Here is another photo that shows the Norwalk Theater in the 1950s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm

The April 3, 1972, issue of Boxoffice reported that the Norwalk Twin had opened recently. The theater had been remodeled inside and out, and the two auditoriums each seated 300.

pwhite4652
pwhite4652 on February 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Yes,,,,it was a XXX Porn Theatre in 1982….I know, because I worked there part time, selling tickets, and running the concession stand……good times…..even had to put up with relgious zealots supergluing the locks so no one could enter….“Doing the Lord’s Work”, even if it was destruction of property. It must’ve worked ‘cause I saw in 1984 it turned into a family theater, on this site. It was called Norwalk Twin Cinemas….they showed 70’s raunch porn….ah, the good ole daze…..seeing John C. Holmes on a Giant Screen. God Bless that old place. ;)

norwalksown
norwalksown on January 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

wow memories i had there. from 49 cents to 59 cents to 99 cents is what i remember. also recieved my first kiss there. at age of 12. also became very popular with us kids during time hip hop movement started and break dancing was the thing. the theater was known to be the place to go to to see other kids break dancing so away i went with my ghetto blaster … wow to be young. I really enjoyed reading every ones memories

adamlove
adamlove on March 27, 2011 at 2:43 am

RE-POST

I am looking for pictures of the Norwalk Theater. I would like to talk to anyone who would be willing to share scans of their phots taken from any and all angles. I would like to build a model of the theater.

I have a scan of not-so-great photo of the theater taken in December of 1953 I am willing to share with any who respond. It is a panorama photo and shows the theater and the intersection where it stood.

I am a veteran of the 50’s kiddie matinees. I saw ALL of the now classic sci-fi movies from front row, center. Those are my happiest childhood memories.

I can be contacted at: adamlove(at)ca(dot)rr(dot)com

I would especially like to hear from Harold Taylor and Randy Henderson.

I’d also like to get copies of any pictures of the area across the street on Firestone. (Anyone else old enough to remember Roy’s Toys?)

Terrytaylor
Terrytaylor on April 21, 2013 at 11:04 am
I practically lived in the Norwalk theatre from around 1958 through the early 60's. I admit some memories may be foggy, but I fondly recall the William Castle stuff ("House on Haunted Hill" being my favorite), The "Abott and Costello Meets______" series, The Sinbad movies, and "Journey to the Center of the Earth," etc., along with those wonderful all afternoon cartoon marathons. Kids could be fairly rowdy back then during the showings....roughnecking and chasing each other around the theatre and throwing popcorn (and even popcorn boxes) at the screen. The manager would invariably stop whatever was showing, walk out and stand in the front of the auditorium where he would proceed to reprimand us by saying that if we kept up our rude behavior he would shut down the theatre and send us all home. We would be sufficiently shamed for a few minutes after he left and then the rowdier kids would start up again. That wonderful film loving manager never did make good on his promise to close things down. I recall (as someone posted earlier) that he got a kick out of creating a scary ambience whenever a horror film was playing by decorating the lobby with spider webs, coffins, and other assorted props. I do wish I could recall his name. He was a good man and, it goes without saying, a very patient one. 
                  I may be wrong about this, but I believe I saw Psycho at this same theatre (no ratings or age restrictions back then) and of course I was absolutely terrified and deeply disturbed. It's a big leap from watching Abbot and Costello being chased by the wolfman to a naked Janet Leigh being stabbed in the shower! 
                  All in all, that theatre gave me some of the best memories of my life and it is a joy to hear your recollections as well as to share my own with you. Keep it up because I never tire of it. : )   
                  
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