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I only ever saw two movies here. Robocop 2 and Ghosts of Mars.
Good memories of this theater. I used to go to this theater with friends. We would theater hop. The owner looked the other way. One day I talked to him about it and he said he would rather see us in the theater then out on the streets getting into trouble. I saw Aliens here and Batman, Full Metal Jacket, Beetljuice and a lot of other movies. The last two movies I saw here were Scream 2 and Snatch.
I remember they screened Run Lola Run here. Sad when it was shut down. Things change. sometimes not for the better. isn’t there a Liberty tax there now?
I never liked this Cinema. The reason Edwards kept this location was because it was where his first theater was, the original Alhambra Theater. I saw Wall Street 2 here before they closed. It wasn’t as run down as I expected it to be, but it definitely lost the luster it had when it opened in 1991. I remember this was a “hot” spot back in the day as there wasn’t much in Alhambra during the 80’s and early to mid 90’s.
the El Rey wasn’t demolished until around 1990 if memory serves me correct. I remember the owner exhausted every avenue to try to keep it. Demolishing it was the last resort. I remember they used to have dollar Wednesdays and double Features.
back in the late 70’s my parents brought me here and we saw “Alien” and I vividly recall seeing Battlestar Galactica here. After seeing Alien we ate dinner at Pepe’s down the street (which is still in business today). Alhambra has changed quite a bit since those days.
I worked there pre opening and opening day until 1988. The management was cool, all canadian guys. Exception was on Italian guy Rosseti. The guy was not very nice. Their big sell was the Cafe. No other theater had anything like that. The coolest guy I met there was actor Brian Thompson. He used to come in to see movies. I think he was working a stunt show at Universal studios at the time. The guy was very polite and cool. I let him in a couple of times for free. LOL. The thing that struck me about him was whenever he came to the theater he remembered my name. Telly Savalas used to come around quite a bit during summer. The guy was a true gentleman. I met Joel Schumacher and Richard Donner there as well. I escorted them to the theater playing Lost Boys. They asked me if I new anything about audience reaction to the film. I told them people loved it. Nice guys. All of them very friendly and down to earth.
The theater today has been repainted, and the interior is the same (design wise). The area around the theater has changed dramatically. None of it was there back in 87-88. I was sixteen. and it was a fun place to work to earn some beach money.
i trained there back in 1987 to be prepped for the opening of the Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18. These were small small theaters. Smaller than the Academy 6 in Pasadena.