Alhambra Place

100 East Bay State Street,
Alhambra, CA 91801

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

This opened on May 24th, 1985. ad in photo section of this page.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

thanks Joe for opening day ad.

shilo07
shilo07 on July 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

i saw the orginal batman there.

shilo07
shilo07 on April 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

the theatre is gone and replaced by town houses.

Michael
Michael on March 27, 2008 at 7:20 pm

When I moved to LA in 1986, I saw my first movie at this theater. It was Touch and Go with Michael Keaton and I ate at the Black Angus before the show. I always wondered what happened to it as I moved into LA proper and never got back to see another film here. I remember it as being a standard theater, that was clean, well run etc.

jmx53
jmx53 on May 29, 2006 at 6:30 am

I worked at this theater around 1988-1990. A fun first job, most of the staff were high school students from AHS and SGHS. Was one of the busiest in the Edwards circuit at the time, great location with shopping and a Black Angus right across the street. Movies that had poor attendance at the Monterey Mall 3plex or the Temple City 4plex usually did well if they got transferred to Alhambra Place.

Popcorn was the best tasting I’ve ever had (was popped in coconut oil & served with real butter). Lobby was a symmetrical and functional design in the NW corner of the rectangular building, box office and concessions were back to back. Staircases at each end of the lobby led up to video games, restrooms, & had windows for the public to see some of the projection equipment.

All 5 auditoriums featured Dolby surround sound and were nicely proportioned but not very decorative: simple red drapes covering the walls, red screen curtains that were raised vertically to the ceiling, recessed ceiling lights aimed at the sidewalls for intermission lighting and white tivoli lights for aisle lighting.

Auditorium #1 seated 500+, had a 50' wide screen, and had a simplex 35/70mm projector head (we never did show a 70mm print while I was there tho). Auditoriums #2-#5 had Century 35mm projector heads. #1, #2, #5 had motorized masking for showing flat or cinemascope prints. All 5 projection systems had Christie lamphouses, automation, & platter systems.

jmarellano
jmarellano on April 2, 2006 at 2:43 am

A senior housing project is being built on the site of the Alhambra Place.

I saw many movies here as a kid before they opened the Atlantic Palace in the late 80’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2006 at 12:28 am

The opening day of the Edwards Alhambra Place Cinemas was May 24th, 1985, according to the ad displayed at the Making Movies web site.

sjs1234
sjs1234 on January 18, 2006 at 2:41 pm

I believe the Alhambra Place was built in 1986. The main theater was equipped with 70mm equipment.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2004 at 3:12 am

I don’t recall the exact year the Alhambra Place 5 was opened, but I believe it was 1984 0r 1985. It was part of Alhambra’s Central Business District Urban Renewal Area. Three square blocks of downtown Alhambra were demolished and rebuilt over a period of a few years in the early 1980s. This modern cineplex thus lasted no more than twenty years.

Pictures of the Alhambra Place have been posted at Cinema Tour:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=1830
I found it interesting that the arch motif used in this building, and in the Atlantic Palace 10 built a few years later, appears to have been designed to echo the arch above the entrance of the old Alhambra Theatre (which occupied the site of the Atlantic Palace until destroyed by an earthquake in 1987.) The old Alhambra was built in 1924, so it lasted more than three times as long as the Alhambra Place.