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Golden Gate (Closed)
East L.A., CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

With Los Angeles in the midst of the Southern California entertainment scene, the region that is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World" boasts of many theatres that are both notable and historical. Some areas like the old Broadway District, Hollywood, and Westwood have Roadside Peek sections of their own. This area is dedicated to the orphans of the venerable theatre lineage... the vagabonds that spot neighborhoods at very unassuming areas of our neighborhoods.



Port Theatre
Corona Del Mar, CA
Photo courtesy Ron Pierce

The Port Theatre features a front facade and marquee that resembles a boat. This theatre opened in 1949 with a nautical theme, appropriate for the area its in. Unfortunately, the Port has closed its doors in 1998 and is waiting to hear about its future.


UPDATE 08/07 : The historic Port Theatre was slated for demolition in March however now appears to have new life. Word is that the Port will be made into office buildings. 08-07

UPDATE 07/12 : Good news, the theatre will reopen as the New Port Theatre. The theatre wil reopen during the Newport Beach Film Festival. 07-12



Culver Theatre (Now Kirk Douglas Theatre
Culver City, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

As mentioned in other sections of Roadside Peek, Culver City is renowned for its upkeep of historical landmarks. One of these landmarks is the historical Culver Theatre on Washington Boulevard, built in the 1947. Once a triplex movie theatre (closing in 1989), the Northridge earthquake in 1994 shook asbestos and debris down from the ceiling, forcing a renovation of the old theatre. The partitions separating the theatre into the three sections were then removed, and what's left today is a shell of a potential single-screener. The latest word is that the theatre will be made into a sort of live theatre stage, with the outdoor marquee and tower restored back to its original glory.


UPDATE 01/03 : The Culver Theater wasn't originally a triplex, as the theater went to three screens in the 70's. At the time, it was a big deal being able to pick between 3 movies. Many thanks to Chad Jones for update. 01-03

UPDATE 09/06 : The Culver Theatre is now in its second season as the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The theatre is now a 317 seat live theatre location and opened its doors again in October 2004. 09-06



Golden Gate Theatre 1998 (Closed)
East Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

East Los Angeles is home to one of the remaining artifacts of the glamorous movie houses of yesteryear. The shell of the Golden Gate Theatre on Whittier Boulevard only hints at what this theatre was like in its heyday. The entire front facade of the theatre was demolished in the Whittier earthquake of 1987. Only memories of those who saw and visited this theatre in its heyday remain.


UPDATE 09/06 : Since the photo to the left was taken, 8 years ago, the Golden Gate Theater lot has been cleaned up. The dirt leveled and black top added; chain-link fence removed and a rod-iron fence added; and some stores were built on the west side of the lot on Whittier Blvd. In regards to The Theater itself, roofers repaired the roof. Many thanks to Timothy G. Shubin for update. 09-06

More photos can be found at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on the Golden Gate Theatre.









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