New Port Theatre
2905 East Coast Highway,
Corona Del Mar,
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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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