Glendora Theatre

108 West Foothill Boulevard,
Glendora, CA 91741

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The Mission Theatre was opened prior to 1923.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2009 at 5:05 am

The October 22, 1938, issue of Boxoffice said that H.E. Brookings had purchased the Beacon Theatre from the McDonald brothers.

The November 5, 1938, issue said that Brookings had changed the name to Glendora Theatre.

It’s surprising how frequently the Glendora is mentioned in Boxoffice from the 1940s through the 1950s, and almost every time it gets mentioned it is changing owners. Various owners after Brookins included: Sid Smith; Tony Blanco; Dave Fred and Perry Morgan; W.G. McKinney; B.G. Meyers; the Western Amusement Company (for almost six years, 1945-1951); Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Dover; Joe Pokorny; Willard Blunt; and finally Fed Stein, whose Statewide Theatres operated the house from at least 1960 to 1967.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Here is a December 1964 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ndnarb

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 28, 2009 at 12:47 am

I can’t say on the other theaters. I know on this one it confirms Joe’s note that Statewide was the operator in the latter period of the theater’s existence. It also tells us which other theaters were controlled by Statewide in 1964, which is a good reference point if that question is raised.

William
William on August 28, 2009 at 12:55 am

That booking list does not show all of them.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 28, 2009 at 12:56 am

No, but it shows some of the Statewide theaters at that time. Plus it was Pia Zadora’s first film. Can’t beat that.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 28, 2009 at 1:01 am

That’s a good one.

petercapescu
petercapescu on June 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I was 10-years old when the Glendora Theatre was torn down to make way for a grocery store. I was so sad. Every Saturday I used to go see whatever movies were playing. For $.35 I purchased admission and used the remaining $.65 from my dollar to purchase snacks. I loved this theatre. No one was sadder to see it go than I was. I wish I could find more photos of it.

Crusadercat
Crusadercat on January 26, 2013 at 6:03 am

I remember going here as a child. I saw “Hard Days Night,” “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” and “To Sir With Love,” as well as many other movies here. I remember the balcony with the camera room. I also remember the ladies room, and that black and red carpet! I can’t find a reference to the theater that operated in Glendora in the 1970’s at the site of the old post office. I think it was on Vermont and Meda Ave.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on October 2, 2014 at 2:20 am

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David Junchen, pg. 628, the “Glendora (Mission) Th.” in Glendora, California had a two-manual, 7-rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed in 1923. The organ’s Spencer blower serial # was 15129, and it was driven by a 2 horsepower motor, producing 10" of wind (measured in inches water column).

According to the book, this organ bore the “Smith” nameplate, here meaning it was during the brief period that Mr. Smith again had his own firm under his own name, after leaving the Seeburg-Smith partnership in Chicago, but before moving to Geneva, Illinois (Smith-Geneva), and still later moving to Alameda, California, and partnering with Leathurby to sell instruments on the west coast (Leathurby-Smith, apparently the final incarnation of the firm as an organ manufacturing entity).

Given that the information for this organ is so complete compared to most other Smith organs listed in this section of the book, I am inclined to believe that this organ still existed circa 1983-1989 when Mr. Junchen’s book was compiled, and that Mr. Junchen was able either to personally inspect it, or to get the information from the owner.

Does anybody know where this organ, or its parts, are today?

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