Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street,
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Old Town Music Hall (Official)
Firms: Krempel & Erkes
Previous Names: State Theatre, El Segundo Theatre
News About This Theater
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- Mar 18, 2004 — Crest Theatre Now Hosts Midnight Classic Film Screenings
Located in El Segundo, to the immediate south of Los Angeles International Airport. Plans were drawn by architect Edward Leodore Mayberry Jr. for operator E.L. McMurry, but he did not get the contract. The architects for the State Theatre were John P. Krempel & Walter E. Erkes who had offices in the Bradbury Building on Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles. The 350-seat State Theatre was opened around 1922. It was closed in the mid-1930’s and remained closed until 1944, when it reopened as the El Segundo Theatre. It was renamed State Theatre again in 1951.
Bill Coffman and Bill Field installed a mighty Wurlitzer organ in the old State Theatre in 1968. They had previously purchased the organ from the Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach in 1960 but used it at another location. Soon the former theatre, built in 1921 and always listed in movie guides as an independent, became known as Old Town Music Hall presenting concerts and accompaniment to silent films.
Bill Coffman passed away in December of 2001, but Bill Field with the help of volunteers is carrying on the Music Hall’s tradition, attracting a whole new generation of classic film and music enthusiasts.
The Old Town Music Hall is open Friday to Sunday, presenting classic films (both silent and ‘talkies’), and concerts of early jazz, ragtime and popular music of yesteryear. All silent films are accompanied live on the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ theatre pipe organ. Theatre rentals are available for private screenings and events. Old Town Music Hall is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. Bill Field passed away on June 28, 2020 while the Old Town Music Hall was closed due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It reopened in the summer of 2021.
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