Atlantic Theater

5870 Atlantic Avenue,
Long Beach, CA 90805

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GaryParks on January 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

The top part of the tower was preserved, and mounted onto the new library building, which has been completed. I do not know if any other features of the theatre were incorporated anywhere else in the new building.

lemansblue69 on February 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

What happened to the tower?

GaryParks on March 28, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Several months ago, in mid-2014, I drove out to the site of the Atlantic. Not only is the building gone without a trace, but there seems to be no sign of future development at the site, not even a sign proclaiming the construction of a library, or anything, there. I’m wondering if the neighborhood has become the victim of a development scam of some sort, a promise of a library, and preserved portions of the theatre, only to be left with nothing. I hope not. I’ll be interested to see if anyone has any news.

Mark Goodrich
Mark Goodrich on February 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I just added a few new photos of the demolition. The auditorium is down.

Mark Goodrich
Mark Goodrich on January 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Today, January 25, 2014, a ‘celebration’ was held marking the beginning of this theater’s demolition. The 1941 theater is being destroyed after many years of neglect to make way for a new library. The RKO-like spire, the theater’s terrazo floors, fountain and tile work will be incorporated into the library’s design plan. I will post some photos.

DebraLea on January 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Hi Guys, i’ve gone by the Atlantic theater, nothing yet to suggest that the demolish is still scheduled for the 25th. no signs ect. last time i went by there were Edison trucks with crane all in the back of the building working up on the poles. other than that nothing looks like work happening. i make it a habit to go by that way anymore. i’ll let you know if i see anything. i’ve posted the info and all the pictures on a group site of Facebook ‘you know your from LBC when you remember…’ it has raised so many to remembering our days going to the Atlantic, Crest, Towne & LaShell Theaters, many back to the days they opened. they loved the pictures and i included this site so they can also find info of the many other theaters that once were here in LBC and those that still are. thanks again for being here.

DebraLea on January 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Hi Guys. the date is coming up fast. is anyone suppose to be or going to be on site when they start demo? to point out what is being saved, and instructions of how it’s to be saved? don’t trust the RDA one bit. they write up pretty papers of promises. everything they say their going to do has ten ways of doing it and they choose which way. like the saving of the historical Jergens Trust Building concrete cherubs & moldings. i came across recently in the library’s community data digital archives photo’s of LB a picture of one of the LB salvage yards and there up against the chain link fence was the cherubs and all the moldings stacked up on the ground and the cherub has two foot high weeds growing up out of her bosom and under her chin where they are cracked apart. obviously stacked with a fork lift. nothing has ever gone into the plan of using them again as said they would. once again it’s a case of they promised they would, but never said when.. i’ll mark the date.. the 25th is on a Saturday? i’m betting LB isn’t even doing the razing or the building of the center or library. they hired it out instead of the city doing the job. the city doesn’t work on Saturdays and pay any work of overtime! we’ll see. i’ll go check out the data base LBPL to see if it’s to date. Deb

Neurosturgeon on December 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

The Press-Telegram is reporting that the date for the Atlantic to be demolished is 1/25/14, but the front of the building is being preserved.

DebraLea on November 13, 2013 at 4:10 am

thanks MJ. we moved to 1074 Market in 59 when i was 9. then ironically to the little house south side of the Library. the one they are now saying is old and i forget the word (RDA word)but is what the excuse or reasons of ‘needing’ a new library built once the theater is razed. LB BS! i’m now at Market on Cerritos. across the street from where i started 54 years ago. ha. the new. and the gone. i remember more that’s gone than what’s new. not impressed.

MJuggler on November 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

Derbralea, check out this site for more info:

DebraLea on November 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

out of curiosity why isn’t the Oriental Theater still listed beings it did exist before it was torn down and the La Shell was built in it’s place? just wondering.

DebraLea on November 9, 2013 at 12:33 am

moving my car after the street cleaner went by today i decided to go directly over to the theater to see what there is to see beings the Google imagery above is of April 2011. besides seeing more property that’s been razed and empty with white fencing around it the theater is still untouched. i don’t understand the purpose of removing all eleven houses on the backside of the block? from South st to 59th st on Lime st. westside of the block all that’s left is eleven brand new driveways? i guess it now just a case of wait and see..

DebraLea on October 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm

i grew up going to the Atlantic Theater from 1959-1966. i seen many movies there as well as the Towne & Crest. until i seen these pic’s i’d forgotten about the fountain and the beautiful flooring. in the last 54 years i’ve lived within a few blocks of it and now retired i’m only but two blocks away. i drive up and down Atlantic at all times coming and going, but i haven’t gone up & down it seeing anything until i used your street view navigation. what i saw was a property razed street (by the RDA) with what says city now owned white fencing covering all of it. and they say that the property 6.? acres there where the theater stands is needed to build a NLB community center? needed? there’s more property directly across the street running from South st. to 59th st. and twice that two blocks farther down from razing the motel many years back. nothing has been built or used for on any of the land they’ve taken. i know they’ve bullied most out of their properties and yelled blithe, pubic nuisance or anything that enables them to force sale to them. the one person that was in favor of the theater excluded himself from the vote. i don’t know what LBC is up to but i know that all this property condemned and taken has a big retail resale price compared to what they gave the past owners. looking in the LBPL Community info base & history annex their not done yet by a long shot. that’s what my dad said when they razed his favorite bar which was The Back Door behind the Front Door Theater next door. thanks for letting me have my say. i must admit i have’t even gone that way to see if is been taken down yet. i will.

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Is it still in existence? I haven’t been over there in a while.

JDintheOC on October 2, 2010 at 11:51 am

I lived in the Carmelitos housing project during my High School Years and would walk past the Atlantic every day on my way to and from Jordan High School. I spent nearly every weekend at the Atlantic (mostly) and Towne and Crest depending on the movie(s) playing at the time. It’s really sad to see it just a shadow of it’s former self. I had many good memories there and even got kicked out once for playing a one inch long harmonica during the movie. Good times.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on May 10, 2010 at 9:18 pm

If greed for land and the ultimate decision to destroy the wonderful FOX THEATRE on Atlantic Ave (You really need to see Joseph Musil’s fabulous “Long Beach slide show) for another hotel, then I don’t thing the Atlantic Theatre has a chance in h***.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Thanks M Gerges.

MJuggler on May 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I have a few photos from outside. Look to the right at the thumbnails for more photos.
View link

I have been told that there may be an appeal filed which can be done but not likely to help matters. No one in North Long Beach wants it to be there. Very sad to say. I will drove by often and let you know if I see anything happening.

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

If I get some advance notice I can be there when they start the demolition.

Neurosturgeon on May 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Don’t know when they are going to demolish it, but I wish they would let someone get some pictures. Don’t know if the murals of Neptune still exist, but it would be nice if someone would get some photos.

Article with some pics:

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm

When is this theater going to be demolished?

MJuggler on May 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

We lost yet another theatre in Long Beach today :–(
Saving the tower and the terrazzo will be a reminder to all of Long Beach of the many theatres of significant beauty and importance they took down in the name of progress! I think I will go place flowers at the theatre this afternoon With a tear in my eye for sure.

CSWalczak on May 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

The RDA Board voted 4-0 for demolition; the tower, terrazzo, and a fountain will be saved for re-use.
Story here:

CSWalczak on April 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

The theater probably will soon be demolished; the Long Beach redevelopment agency will decide on May 3, 2010, but the staff recommendation is that it be razed:

Bubbie1960 on February 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

What memories! Those were the days of popcorn made fresh right there in the theater and ice cream Bon Bons. I remember going to Thrifty’s Drug across from the Towne and getting a malt at the snack bar. There was also a really great place across from the Crest for burgers and pie. I think the place was called Brad’s? Those were theaters!