Edwards Century Theater

330 W. Las Tunas Drive,
San Gabriel, CA

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 19, 2005 at 10:01 am

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

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.

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 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 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.

jmarellano
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
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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2004 at 7:17 pm

The exact address of this theater was 330 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, California, 71776.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 21, 2004 at 3:55 am

From Southwest Builder & Contractor, issue of 1/31/1941, p.33, col.2:

“Theater (San Gabriel)— J.B. Lilly… has the contract and will start work about February 5 on the construction of a moving picture theater on Las Tunas Drive between San Marino and De Anza Avenues, for O.W. Lewis. It will contain 10,000 square feet and will seat 750 persons… C.A. Balch, architect…”

Given the location and description, I think this is certainly the theater which became Edwards' San Gabriel.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 2, 2004 at 3:43 am

In the 1950’s, this theater was called Edwards San Gabriel. The name was changed to Edwards Century in the early 1960’s, when a new marquee was installed. At about that time, most of the Edwards theaters in the western San Gabriel Valley were renovated, with modern marquees replacing the older neon models, and several of the theaters were re-named. Alhambra’s Coronet became the Capri, Arcadia’s Santa Anita became Cinemaland, and I think there were other name changes among Edwards theaters in the eastern San Gabriel Valley as well.

The San Gabriel was one of several Edwards theaters in the area which had a low price policy through the mid-1950’s, charging only thirty cents for adult tickets and ten cents for children, this for double features and a cartoon, with extra cartoons added for Saturday matinees. Needless to say, the theaters were very popular, and it was not unusual to see nearly packed houses on Friday and Saturday nights. At the end of the decade, the prices were raised to fifty cents for adults and twenty cents for children, but the theaters remained popular.

I attended movies at the San Gabriel several times, from about 1952-1960, and remember it as a well-maintained house with a pleasant staff. The auditorium had two aisles, and comfortable seats, but I don’t recall anything special about the decor.

ChrisB
ChrisB on December 18, 2003 at 10:44 pm

Sorry but I made a mistake in the above description – just checked my notes and the name it had while running Chinese films was the Kuo Hwa, not New Moon. Brain freeze on my part!