9618 Garden Grove Boulevard,
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Firms: Carlson & Middlebrook
Previous Names: Grove Theatre
The Grove Theatre was a plain strip mall theatre nestled among other shops with a five-acre parking lot in front. When it opened on August 20, 1957, it was a non-event, just a small advertisement in the Santa Ana Register that read: “We are now open - Elvis Presley in "Loving You” was the main attraction. Typical 1970’s fare that might create standing room only would be “Billy Jack”.
The original number of seats is unknown but sometime in the mid-1970’s the name was changed to the Grove Twin, which still left two fair sized auditoriums, each seating 375. For many years it shared advertisement space in the Register with the Brookhurst Theatre and Loge Theatre in Anaheim, which like the Grove Theatre, were Vinnicof Theatres, a small chain, with locations in LA and Long Beach. In fact their advertisement appeared regularly in the Long Beach papers also. After June 28, 1979, its advertisement no longer ran in the papers and no other theatre again opened there.
By 2008 the Center was demolished and a modern office building was constructed on the site. The Grove Twin should not be confused with the Gem Theatre, an older theatre on Main Street, which still exists.
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