Tower Theatre

111 N. Long Beach Boulevard,
Compton, CA 90221

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rich285 on September 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Our family went to many a .50C on Saturday afternoon double feature. Yes, it was pretty safe and a decent community then. We also used to go to the Compton Drive-In, the Arden Theatre in Lynwood as well as the State theatre either in South Gate or Huntington Park. We left in 1965 as we lived pretty close to Alameda and it was pretty dangerous.

GLOCKJOCK on March 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

My Aunt and Uncle lived in Compton, at 715 Mayo St, from 1924 until 1988. In that time it went from a nice little community to a war zone. That said, I have fond memories of weekends spent in Compton with Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Irving. They would come in to Hollywood, in their red and white Buick, on Friday night and whisk me off to their magic house surrounded by giant trees. She was a lawyer and he was a judge and the house was filled with books and mementos of their trips to exotic places. We’d pass the Tower, and the people lined up beneath the brightly lit marquee, and I would know we were almost there.

raywsfo on May 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

Compton in the early and mid 1960’s was a safe and wonderful place to live. The Tower Theater was the home of several top films, including BULLIT, OLD YELLER and HOW THE WEST WAS WON. There was a city bus that ran down Compton Blvd, and another bus that ran down Long Beach Blvd. I have many fond memories of Compton.

William on June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

The new row of store fronts to the right side of the former marquee is where a small theatre parking lot once stood.

kencmcintyre on March 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Interesting. Thanks.

bailiff1 on March 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

neighborhood was great. Could walk anywhere in town at any time with no problem. I lived near Alondra and Atlantic, a pretty good hike from the theater, and before I got a car would walk to and from work. Most of the time it was 11 or 12 at night before I got off and never had any problem
Mike Harrell

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

How was the neighborhood back then?

bailiff1 on February 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I worked at the Tower Theater first as an usher and then as asst mgr from 1956 to 1961 when I joined the AF. Mr Rodriguez was the mgr and my boss. Kids used to call him “Porky” but he was really a first class guy.
Mike Harrell

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2009 at 7:14 pm

No, that was in January 1959 but on a different week. The Rivoli ad for Lianne was much larger.

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2009 at 6:54 pm

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” played at the Tower in January 1959. Click on the ad for a better view.

kencmcintyre on April 30, 2009 at 8:32 am

Here is a 1958 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm

This had been changed to closed, but now it’s back to closed/demolished. Must be a gremlin in the system.

kencmcintyre on October 19, 2007 at 7:35 am

Here is a 1954 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on August 22, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Here are the photos. I added the UCLA picture to show the original pattern on the floor, then and now. I’m aware that I posted the same photo back on 10/24/05:

kencmcintyre on August 22, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Closed but not demolished. They built a strip of stores across the front. The theater itself is not being used for anything. Photos to follow.

kencmcintyre on August 21, 2007 at 10:33 pm

I might able to drive by there tomorrow.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2007 at 10:29 pm

The 2004 Urban Areas photo fetched up by TerraServer shows a building with the unmistakable outlines of a large theatre still standing at the Tower’s location. User doug sarvis must have been correct that it was merely converted to retail use, not demolished.

kencmcintyre on August 21, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Is this theater actually demolished? The comment of 2/18/04 implies that the theater still exists.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2005 at 4:35 pm

Two more from the same collection:

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kencmcintyre on October 12, 2005 at 4:24 pm

From the UCLA Digital Collection:

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kd6dkc on March 4, 2004 at 10:06 am

We used to go to the Tower in Compton in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but after the fender skirts on our family’s 1941 Plymouth sedan were stolen in the parking lot, we were less frequent attendees.

dougsarvis on February 18, 2004 at 11:05 pm

The tower closed in 1960’s…it was a regular meeting place for everyone my brother and I knew growing up close to the place…recently I went by there when I was in the area on business…and although the original facade is gone…and occupied by stores….the original structure of the theater is still distinct and discernable

William on November 13, 2003 at 4:59 pm

The Fox Tower Theatre was located at 111 N. Long Beach Blvd..