United Artists Torrance Theatre

2735 Pacific Coast Highway,
Torrance, CA 90505

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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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United Artists Torrance Theatre

The UA Torrance Theatre was located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard. It was opened October 9, 1963 with Dean Martin in “Toys in the Attic”. This was a rather non-descript, bland-looking theatre that seated about 600 in a short but wide auditorium.

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KelleyHodgetts on September 29, 2008 at 7:07 am

I worked at UA Torrance as the house manager under Al Lee from late 1975 to 1977.
Anyone at this sight from that time period?

KimReynolds on December 2, 2008 at 6:45 pm

So many midnight movies. I remember the nurse on duty for those with weak hearts.

LawMann on December 16, 2008 at 2:00 am

Hi Kelley, I remember you. Local 150 used to send me there to work in projectionist Joe Gillams place many times. I worked there on and off in late 1975. Do you remember MASH, Bananas, Young Frankenstein and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest that was shown there during that time?

oopie on February 1, 2010 at 5:25 am

I worked at this theatre as a teenager up unitl the the last week. This was a truly great theatre with curtains that opened at the beginning of the movie, a balcony, and 600 or more seats. I loved working there and was sad when they closed it and demolished half of it. The last movie to play there was the “Untouchables”…it played there for almost three months.

mongo1018 on February 15, 2010 at 12:04 am

I went to a party in 1973 with my brother and my wife to be. It was being given by the man who turned the murderer of the Rolling Hills Theatre people as well as 2 more the very next night at the Thrifty drug store on Yukon in Torrance. the murderer committed suicide in jail. The informant was involved with 2 bikers being stabbed to death outside a bar in Hermosa earlier,The papers all implicated 2 people being involved with these murders but only one was accused of the crime. my personal involvement in this story always made me wonder about that 2nd suspect. By the way they were all killed by a knife by having their throats cut by the cowardly scum that did this

cali70s on February 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I lived within a few blocks of the UA Torrance Theatre, at the time of the robbery-murders in the late 70s. Very sad and scary. Loved the Rolling Hills Plaza..The Parasol Restaurant, and Revel’s bakery..which I work a few weeks for, and found a higher paying job.

jimtheactor on January 26, 2015 at 5:36 am

We had a year pass to UA theaters in the late 70s, and therefore spent a lot of time at this one and the UA Del Amo. I distinctly remember seeing MOONRAKER there.

plasticvengeance on February 9, 2018 at 8:38 pm

I think I experienced this one toward the end of its run, early 80’s. Distinctly remember seeing lots of movies there though, including Time Bandits, Mr. Mom, Superman III and Romancing the Stone. Also, does anyone remember a western-themed burger place somewhere nearby? I can’t figure out if I imagined that or not!

mickey27 on April 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm

I think it was called The Haystack. I was an assistant manager at that theater in the early 80s. Our midnight show was “Song Remains the Same” 1 of the movies we showed at that time was “Private Benjamin”

rivest266 on October 25, 2019 at 12:42 am

Grand opening ads and picture uploaded.

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