1720 N. El Camino Real,
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Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.
Architects: Clifford A. Balch
Functions: Office Space
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: San Clemente Theatre
- San Clemente Cinema 6
- Mission Drive-In
- Mission Theatre
- Regency San Juan Capistrano...
- Cinepolis Ocean Ranch 7
News About This Theater
Opened May 12, 1938, the Miramar Theatre also has a bowling alley located at its rear (built and opened in 1946), with an entrance at 150 W. Avenida Pico. The theatre is dominated by a 44 feet high tower over its entrance. The Miramar Theatre was closed in 1992. It is in danger of being demolished following its sale to a local developer.
The new owner has said that some of the theatre’s key architectural elements may be saved, including its Spanish Colonial style tower.
Despite those assertions, preservationists doubt anything will be left of the 64-year-old theatre.
Even if some of the original elements are saved, the importance of the Miramar Theatre would be lost and the building would never be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Miramar Theatre is currently on the city’s list of historic properties and the space is now being eyed for restaurant, retail, or office space, or possibly for senior housing.
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