New Port Theatre
2905 East Coast Highway,
Corona Del Mar,
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New Port Theatre (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Port Theatre
News About This Theater
- Apr 24, 2012 — Port Theater to reopen
- May 25, 2011 — Theater operator wanted
- Jul 21, 2008 — Port Theater's rebirth in Corona del Mar
- Nov 16, 2007 — What are the ten most endangered theaters?
- Jun 14, 2007 — Article on Port Theatre
- Apr 19, 2007 — Port Theatre to be demolished
- Mar 26, 2007 — Port Theatre scheduled for demolition
The 900-seat Port Theatre opened on September 4, 1949 with Esther Williams in “Neptune’s Daughter”. It has a unique nautical exterior fitting to its location close to the Pacific Ocean. It had been an independent for most of its life, playing first-run movies. From 1989 until its closing on August 20, 1998, it was operated by Landmark Theatres as an art house.
The Port Theatre had a local and loyal customer base but unfortunately it sits at the side of busy Pacific Coast Highway and has no off-street parking to make it convenient for out-of-area patrons. To bring the theatre back, a heavy investment would be required including the addition of an air conditioning system and repair of the roof. Its large balcony seats 350. In 2007, a permit for demolition was granted.
The Port Theatre is located a few miles from the historic Lido Theatre and Balboa Theatre in Newport Beach. An investor saw the potential of the Port Theatre and it was renovated and reopened in fall of 2012 as the New Port Theatre, with a reduced seating capacity of 300.
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