Bay Twin Theatres

15140 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Additional Info

Architects: Simeon Charles Lee

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Bay Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Candy Counter, Bay Theatre

Opened in 1948, the S. Charles Lee-designed Bay Theatre was twinned in the mid-1970’s. The Bay Twin Theatres closed in the late-1978 and was converted into a Norris hardware store by 1980.

In November 2018 a new 5-screen Bay Theatre opened, located at N. Swarthmore Avenue, which features a replica of the original Bay Theatre sign (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

chris on September 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

I was an assistant manager at the Bay in the late 50’s/early 60’s and remember it well. The projectionist was Sam Shanley and he lived not far from the theater and had been there forever. I recall that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were customers, as were several Hollywood notables. Because of its location, it was also a favorite site for sneak previews which drew many of the actors, directors, producers and the like, On more than one occasion, we did not know the name of the film to be previewed until hours before it screened. The popular hangout was the Hotdog Show, across Sunset from the theater.

steveruberg on April 25, 2013 at 5:49 am

I grew up in the Bay Theater. Every saturday there was a kid’s matinee. It was a wonderful time. What a shame that it’s closed.

BRADE48 on April 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

I grew up in Santa Monica and remember going to this theatre once in a while. The last time I was there was in 1977 for a Double Feature of Islands in the Stream and Fun with Dick and Jane, both of which I remember seeing First Run at the National Westwood.

Fisk_Street on May 25, 2013 at 12:53 am

It was 1968 i think! I was 8 years old and my grandfather convinced my grandmother to LET THE KID GO ! On my own to the Movie down the street , Actually only a block down fisk St and turn left and past the fire dept station on sunset. Cross Sunset and there i was at the Bay Theater.

The movie that night was Bambi. Bought my ticket and the man said ! Save your ticket for the drawing. Well At the intermission they held a raffle, with 3 winners with last number called as First Prize . First number # Not Mine! Second Number # Not Mine! Third Number UNBELIEVABLE , WoW I WIN , I won the first prize , A Brand new $15 slot car set . I Ran home as fast as i could and my grandpa even called the theater to verify my story . I will never forget that night.

Fisk_Street on May 25, 2013 at 1:12 am

Never had the chance to sit in the balcony in the original Bay Theater. They allways had an usher guarding the staircase and by the time i became an adult it was gone :(

ScottyA on February 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm

In 1973, my parents took me to see Slither and Ten From Your Show Of Shows. What a weird double feature!

Galanty on December 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Elvira use to be used to introduce horror movies. It was wonderful experienced for us teenagers at the time to have such a beautiful seductress moderate the movies.

Moneyspider on August 29, 2015 at 1:11 am

Not quite the same as reopening at the original site but…

kasha16760 on July 31, 2016 at 3:15 am

fisk_street… love your story about winning the slot car set!!! thanks for sharing!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 15, 2022 at 3:21 am

I just added a current photo of Norris Hardware, ┬ęGoogle Maps.

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