Edwards Century Theater

330 W. Las Tunas Drive,
San Gabriel, CA

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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 17 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 18, 2005 at 5:21 pm

I feel bad that you have no name and I am willing to share so if you like, you can be lostmemory junior. :)

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on March 19, 2005 at 5:51 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2005 at 9:11 am

Well Son, I’m going to tell you the method that I use to remember my real name. When mail is delivered to your house, your name will be on the envelope. That’s how I know that my real name is “Occupant”. Hope this helps you. Remember….A Mind is a terrible thing! Or is that a Mime is a terrible thing. I can never remember which one is correct.

jmarellano
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
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
jmarellano on March 20, 2005 at 5:18 pm

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

andrew2407
andrew2407 on May 14, 2006 at 2:49 pm

I went to this theatre in the late 90’s to see Shanghai Triad a chinese film with Gong Li. It was a 2-screen and i believe the auditoriums were light green tea colored and traditional seating.
I looked and felt like a fish out of water but I am glad I had the opportunity to have the experience.

BTW- im in Montebello guys! —later.

kencmcintyre
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:
http://tinyurl.com/2m6fvm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm

This is a 1982 photo. I think the photo has been reversed.
http://tinyurl.com/pu263e

cphillips5
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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