Kuo Hwa 2 Cinema

250 W. Valley Boulevard,
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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The Kuo Hwa Theatre (previously San Gabriel Theater/Edwards Century Theater/Bridge Theater) located on W. Las Tunas Drive was so successful screening Chinese movies in the 1980’s, that this Kuo Hwa 2 Cinema was opened on October 7, 1994. It closed in September 1998.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2018 at 7:37 pm

The Los Angeles Times listed the Kuo-Hwa Cinema at 250 W. Valley Boulevard.

davidcoppock on January 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm

Why the name Kuo-Hwa?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2018 at 9:44 pm

Cinematour lists Bridge Theatre as an aka for the earlier Kuo Hwa (aka Edwards San Gabriel/Century) at 330 W. Las Tunas. A comment on our Edwards Century page concurs.

For those wondering about the name, it was most likely named for Yu Kuo-hwa (January 10, 1914 – October 4, 2000) who was the Premier of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 1984 to 1989.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on August 23, 2020 at 2:04 am

I saw the original Hong Kong version of Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx here on March 1, 1995.

Bijoudarma on November 5, 2020 at 7:10 pm

The Kuo Hwa Cinemas twin theatres opened on October 7th. 1994. It’s debut features were the Tsui Hark romantic comedy “The Lovers” in Theatre # 1 and in Theatre # 2 was screening Derek Chang Man-Gon & Siu Chung-Hon “RUN” an unauthorized remake of Robert Rodriguez' “El Mariachi”. The twin cinema closed it’s doors in September of 1998. I am currently finishing up research on this theatre for the “Bijou Memories” Blogsite. I expect to have a complete screening playdate for the theatres as well as some other valuable history. Stay tunned!

Bijoudarma on November 5, 2020 at 7:13 pm

Edward Havens,
I was there as well. I saw it when they ran “Drunken Master 2” as the second feature. Good time. I miss that little hole in the wall.

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