Lakewood Theatre

4501 E. Carson St.    | map |

Long Beach, CA   90808

Opened: In 1945. The location is just east of Lakewood Blvd.

Ron Pierce notes on Cinema Treasures: "According to Maggie Valentine’s book 'The Show Starts On The Sidewalk' the Lakewood Theatre was originally a theatre and town hall in Quincy, a town in California, which architect S. Charles Lee had designed. Due to a wartime restriction on building materials, in 1945 Lee had the wood sections of the building dismantled and moved to Long Beach and reassembled with brick and steel to construct a building seating 1,124. Movie listings show that for more than 30 years it was and independent theater."

It was twinned in the 70s and in 1977 became a Pussycat Theatre.  It ran as an adult theatre until 1988 and then went back to a family policy.

Architect:  S. Charles Lee

Seating: 1,124

Status: Demolished.  An office building was constructed on the site in 1991.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Lakewood. The Los Angeles Public Library has an undated drawing of the proposed exterior.

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A postcard view of the Lakewood from the
now-vanished website Yesterday L.A.
full size view | on Flickr

The card is part of the Vintage Los Angeles set.

    Cinema Treasures

A 1940  look at the Lakewood added to
 the Cinema Treasures page on the theatre
the prolific CT contributor Bill Gabel.
full size view | on Cinema Treasures

    S. Charles Lee Papers - UCLA |

A Julius Schulman photo of the Lakewood's exterior.
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A Julius Schulman photo of the Lakewood's lobby. 
full size view

A sidewall photo by Julius Schulman.
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Looking toward the screen
-- Julius Schulman photo.
full size view

Also in the collection:
| Lee on opening night | marquee detail | another lobby view |
 | drawing - proposed exterior | drawing - proposed theatre + retail |
 | aerial view |

The exterior shot and the two auditorium photos above are
 also in the Shulman collection of the Getty Research Institute.
 It was his job "Lee-LL: Lakewood Theatre (Lakewood, Calif.), 1946"

Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Hoss C for
finding the Schulman photos in the Getty's collection.
They're on his Noirish post #37286.