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Studio 1 (formerly Ramona Theater)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Welcome to the famous Studio 1 Theatre. The location where stars used to hang out back in the late 1970's. Wait, wrong city? Well, this is the former Studio 1, past history unknown.


UPDATE 07/03 : This theater was once called 'The Ramona Theater'. "Born Free" played there during its first release (as well as many others). A grand old theater. After 1971 (I believe) the theater changed it's name to "Studio 1", and shortly thereafter began running Spanish language films. Many thanks to Ron Strong for update and info on the Studio 1. 07-03



Perris Theatre
Perris, CA
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger

Perris Theatre (formerly the Chief Theatre)
Perris, CA
Photo courtesy Ralph Squillace

As the heyday of the magnificent single-screen theatre passed, many of the majestic movie palaces were gutted, transformed into swap meet like bazaars, torn down, or converted to churches. This movie house in the San Joaquin Valley was formerly known as the Chief Theatre and is being put to good use as a church. Many thanks to Ralph Squillace for photos and info.


UPDATE 07/07 : To the far right is a close-up shot of the facade of the Chief Theatre. 07-07



Orange, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Yes, the rumors are true... the beloved Century Cinedomes will soon be no more. Remnants of an era just past, the Cinedomes were once THE place to go for a first run movie. But as times change and placeholders in history such as the Cinedomes become closed chapters. Northern California still has a few left.





Fox Theatre 1 (Closed)
Inglewood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

There was once not just one but two Fox Theatres in the city of Inglewood. However, the deco Fox Cinema II was demolished recently and the main Fox (pictured on the left) looks to be very threatened.


Fox Theatre 2 (Demolished)
Inglewood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Hopefully, this theatre will be graced with an audience once again. Doesn't appear likely though.









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