Edwards Century Theater

330 W. Las Tunas Drive,
San Gabriel, CA

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Kuo Hwa Theater 1984

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Built in the 1930s or 40s, the theater had Spanish roofing tiles at corners of facade. In the 1990s, it was renamed the Kuo Hwa, showing Chinese films (saw Jackie Chan’s “City Hunter” there) and was torn down in ‘96 or '97. There were seven vertically stacked squares above marquee that spelled EDWARDS. The letters were later covered with Chinese characters.

When the building was being torn down, a beam under the marquee was exposed with the words “Edwards Century” written on it. There was a crescent moon in the center of the marquee.

Contributed by Chris Brame

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Manwithnoname on March 17, 2005 at 9:35 am

The retail building that replaced this theater contained a twin cinema also called the Kwo Hwa. It was short lived and has been converted to retail as well.

jmarellano on March 18, 2005 at 3:14 pm

The Kwo-Hwa 2 was located on Valley Blvd and not Las Tunas. Today the site is a lot.

Manwithnoname on March 18, 2005 at 4:41 pm

Jeff, you are absolutely right. I drove by there today and realized it. I would change my screen name to lostmemory but that one is taken.

Manwithnoname on March 19, 2005 at 5:51 am

I have a name, I just can’t remember it. Thanks, Pop.

jmarellano on March 19, 2005 at 10:01 am

manwithnoname, you must live really close to me. I live not far from San Gabriel.

Manwithnoname on March 20, 2005 at 6:02 am

I just checked the mail and discovered I live in Monterey Park and my name is Mr. Current Resident. Thanks for the tip.

PS: MIME is definitely correct but to anyone who has been married silence can be appreciated!

jmarellano on March 20, 2005 at 5:18 pm

Haha. Thats funny manwith. I’m in Monterey Park as well.

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2007 at 5:12 pm

I found this on the LA Library database. I can’t add it as a new theater as they don’t provide the name:

kencmcintyre on May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm

This is a 1982 photo. I think the photo has been reversed.

cphillips5 on September 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

Went here many a weekend in the early 90’s to feast on the glory of HK Cinema and BBQ shrimp crackers with my pal, Jeff.

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