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 15 comments)

jmarellano
jmarellano on March 18, 2005 at 11:14 pm

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

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on March 19, 2005 at 12:41 am

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
Manwithnoname on March 19, 2005 at 1:51 pm

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

jmarellano
jmarellano on March 19, 2005 at 6:01 pm

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

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on March 20, 2005 at 2:02 pm

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 21, 2005 at 1:18 am

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

andrew2407
andrew2407 on May 14, 2006 at 10:49 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 24, 2007 at 1:12 am

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 13, 2009 at 6:59 am

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

cphillips5
cphillips5 on September 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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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