Towne Theater

6918 Eastern Avenue,
Bell Gardens, CA 90201

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The Towne Theater was located at 6918 Eastern Ave Bell Gardens and was just three blocks from the house where I grew up. My sister took me there to see my first movie in April 1952. The Towne was somewhat of a run down theater. It was not a first run movie house. It had to wait until first Huntington Park and then Bell were done with there run of a movie before coming to Bell Gardens.

The Towne closed in l956 or 1957. The last movie to play there was “Jailhouse Rock”. The building that housed the theater was just demolished in 2002 to make way for a Hollywood Video.

The Towne holds special memories for me because it was where I saw “High Noon”. How I wish I could see a picture of it. I belive it was built around the late 30s or early 40s.

Contributed by DAVID SWAIN

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cat99fat
cat99fat on July 17, 2004 at 1:47 am

The Towne theatre was built in 1939-1940 after many problims with building permits.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 12, 2008 at 12:04 am

The description states that the theater was demolished in 2002, so the function should be changed accordingly.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm

This location is now a very large shopping mall just east of the 710 Freeway. The theater has been obliterated.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Status should be closed/demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

An item in the August 26, 1939, issue of Boxoffice Magazine probably referred to this theatre, though the item was datelined Bell, California (Bell Gardens did not incorporate until 1961, and in 1939 the magazine may have simply assumed it was part of the city of Bell.) It said that the new Towne Theatre was scheduled to open on August 30. The owners and builders of the Towne were named as Al Bowman and M. Kaplan. The house was to have 650 seats.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 13, 2009 at 8:24 pm

From Boxoffice in March 1958:

Henry Pines closed his Towne Theater, Bell Gardens, due to lack of business. He still retains, with Dave Ross, the Uptown in Pasadena.

609108
609108 on June 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

The Uptown in Pasadena is closed! too bad

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