322 W. Manchester Avenue,
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Architects: Lewis Arthur Smith
Functions: Community Center
Previous Names: West Coast Manchester Theatre
The Manchester Theatre was built for West Coast Theatres and opened on January 20, 1926 with Ben Lyon in “Bluebeard’s Seven Wives” and on stage a Fanchon & Marco revue “Varieties Ideas”. It was located on W. Manchester Boulevard, next to an off-ramp for the Harbor Freeway, approximately three miles east of the Academy Theatre and Fifth Avenue Theatre. By 1950 it was operated by Cabart Theaters Corp.
In the 1960’s the theatre ran exploitation films or films with sensational titles like "Lady In A Cage" (which can be seen on AMC). While I was too young to stupidly drive to this theatre and go inside, I got a good look at the patrons each time we drove by (my parents had friends in the area).
My impression was that, if I had patronized this theatre, I would not have left the auditorium alive. This is the type of theatre that John Waters writes about in his book "Shock Value."
If anyone attended the Manchester Theatre, they most likely knew martial arts and wore body armour into the theatre. Pleased to hear from anyone who had the ganas (nerve) to attend the Manchester Theatre.
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