Bellflower Theatre

16600 Bellflower Boulevard,
Bellflower, CA 90706

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The long-gone Bellflower Theatre was located on Somerset (now Bellflower) Boulevard and opened on March 20, 1923 with Thomas Meighan in “Back Home and Broke”. The Film Daily Year Book of 1927 listed the theatre with 500 seats. It was closed in March 1930 when the New Bellflower Theatre opened nearby.

The 1932 maps show the theatre converted to a store and a new theatre (later called the Nubel Theatre then Holiday Theatre), constructed in 1929, on the other side of the street. From a study of the Year Books, the newer theatre was also called the Bellflower Theatre until it became listed as the Nubel Thetare in 1949.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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dallasmovietheaters on June 3, 2021 at 5:56 am

The Bellflower Theatre bloomed on March 20, 1923 with Thomas Meighan in “Back Home or and Broke” supported by the Harold Lloyd short, “Look Out Below.” The theatre featured 50 loges and a quiet room where babies could be taken without missing the film. The well-placed and new Baldauf’s Sweet Shop was an original neighbor and was the de facto concession stand serving snacks and soft drinks. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Yarborough opened the venue though selling out to L.E. Funk in 1925.

The Bellflower, which remained silent, closed in March of 1930 when the New Bellflower Theatre opened on March 29. The original theatre was converted for other retail purposes. Funk would be the first manager of the New Bellflower turned Bellflower turned NuBel then, finally, the Holiday Theatre which has its own CinemaTreasures page.

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