Alhambra Place

100 East Bay State Street,
Alhambra, CA 91801

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Edward's Alhambra Place Cinemas exterior

This place used to be there. But since the opening of Edwards Renaissance 14, it’s a decision to close and demolish Alhambra Place. Now there’s no building anymore, just an empty area available for rental, lease, or sale, upon which housing was built.

Contributed by George Ho

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2004 at 1:12 pm

I don’t recall the exact year the Alhambra Place 5 was opened, but I believe it was 1984 0r 1985. It was part of Alhambra’s Central Business District Urban Renewal Area. Three square blocks of downtown Alhambra were demolished and rebuilt over a period of a few years in the early 1980s. This modern cineplex thus lasted no more than twenty years.

Pictures of the Alhambra Place have been posted at Cinema Tour:
I found it interesting that the arch motif used in this building, and in the Atlantic Palace 10 built a few years later, appears to have been designed to echo the arch above the entrance of the old Alhambra Theatre (which occupied the site of the Atlantic Palace until destroyed by an earthquake in 1987.) The old Alhambra was built in 1924, so it lasted more than three times as long as the Alhambra Place.

sjs1234 on January 19, 2006 at 12:41 am

I believe the Alhambra Place was built in 1986. The main theater was equipped with 70mm equipment.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2006 at 11:28 am

The opening day of the Edwards Alhambra Place Cinemas was May 24th, 1985, according to the ad displayed at the Making Movies web site.

jmarellano on April 2, 2006 at 1:43 pm

A senior housing project is being built on the site of the Alhambra Place.

I saw many movies here as a kid before they opened the Atlantic Palace in the late 80’s.

jmx53 on May 29, 2006 at 5:30 pm

I worked at this theater around 1988-1990. A fun first job, most of the staff were high school students from AHS and SGHS. Was one of the busiest in the Edwards circuit at the time, great location with shopping and a Black Angus right across the street. Movies that had poor attendance at the Monterey Mall 3plex or the Temple City 4plex usually did well if they got transferred to Alhambra Place.

Popcorn was the best tasting I’ve ever had (was popped in coconut oil & served with real butter). Lobby was a symmetrical and functional design in the NW corner of the rectangular building, box office and concessions were back to back. Staircases at each end of the lobby led up to video games, restrooms, & had windows for the public to see some of the projection equipment.

All 5 auditoriums featured Dolby surround sound and were nicely proportioned but not very decorative: simple red drapes covering the walls, red screen curtains that were raised vertically to the ceiling, recessed ceiling lights aimed at the sidewalls for intermission lighting and white tivoli lights for aisle lighting.

Auditorium #1 seated 500+, had a 50' wide screen, and had a simplex 35/70mm projector head (we never did show a 70mm print while I was there tho). Auditoriums #2-#5 had Century 35mm projector heads. #1, #2, #5 had motorized masking for showing flat or cinemascope prints. All 5 projection systems had Christie lamphouses, automation, & platter systems.

Michael on March 28, 2008 at 5:20 am

When I moved to LA in 1986, I saw my first movie at this theater. It was Touch and Go with Michael Keaton and I ate at the Black Angus before the show. I always wondered what happened to it as I moved into LA proper and never got back to see another film here. I remember it as being a standard theater, that was clean, well run etc.

shilo07 on April 23, 2010 at 2:26 am

the theatre is gone and replaced by town houses.

shilo07 on July 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

i saw the orginal batman there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2010 at 2:46 am

thanks Joe for opening day ad.

rivest266 on August 5, 2011 at 5:41 am

This opened on May 24th, 1985. ad in photo section of this page.

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