Imperial Theatre

319 E. Ocean Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Mann Theatres, National General Theatres

Architects: Clifford A. Balch, Lewis Arthur Smith

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

Previous Names: Fox Imperial Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Fox Imperial Theatre along side the neighboring Fox West Coast Theatre

Opened on December 19, 1925 with Mary Pickford in “Little Annie Rooney” plus a stage presentation by Fanchon & Marco. It was operated by West Coast Theatres, the 820-seat Imperial Theatre was a Fox house, like its adjoining larger neighbor the West Coast Theatre.

Mann Theatres closed the Imperial Theatre on August 7, 1977 with Barbra Streisand in “A Star is Born” & Gary Conway in “The Farmer”. The theatre was razed, like the West Coast Theatre, to make way for a new hotel complex.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 33 comments)

William on May 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm

The above picture in ken mc’s post is from around January 1932. The West Coast Theatre was playing “Stepping Sisters” (1/9/32) from Fox Film Corp. and the Imperial Theatre was playing “The False Madonna” (12/5/31) with Kay Francis & Conway Tearle from Paramount.

kencmcintyre on May 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

You can see the UA down the street as well.

kencmcintyre on May 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

The Imperial is to the right of the train in this photo, probably circa 1940s:

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Nice photo ken mc.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

TLsloews you gotta go back to the UNICORN THEATRE site.

William on August 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

The Imperial Theatre was part of the Fox West Coast Theatre chain from the mid 1920’s through National General Cinemas to Mann Theatres which closed the house in August 1977. It went independent after that year.

MJuggler on July 6, 2011 at 5:12 am

earthquake shot, (postcard I bought)

DavidZornig on September 8, 2015 at 6:20 am

Circa 1953 photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

rivest266 on February 21, 2021 at 7:58 pm

Opened on December 19th, 1925. Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on April 8, 2021 at 12:42 pm

Mann Theatres closed the Imperial Theatre on August 7, 1977 with a double feature of “A Star is Born” and “The Farmer.”

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