330 W. Las Tunas Drive,
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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas
Architects: Clifford A. Balch
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: San Gabriel Theater, Edwards San Gabriel, Edwards Century Theater, Kuo Hwa Theater
Built in 1941, the theater had Spanish roofing tiles at corners of facade. The San Gabriel Theater was opened February 18, 1942 with Greta Garbo in “Two Faced Woman” & Claudette Colbert in “Remember the Day”. In 1980, it was renamed the Kuo Hwa Theatre, showing Chinese films (saw Jackie Chan’s “City Hunter” there) and was torn down in 1996 or 1997. There were seven vertically stacked squares above marquee that spelled EDWARDS. The letters were later covered with Chinese characters.
When the building was being torn down, a beam under the marquee was exposed with the words “Edwards Century” written on it. There was a crescent moon in the center of the marquee.
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