120 W. 5th Street,
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Nathan Mann and John George launched the Empire Theatre with the Mutual Film contract in downtown San Pedro on October 8, 1915. The opening program had Fatty Arbuckle in “Fatty’s Plucky Pup,” “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Son,” and “The Little Catamount.” Mann would buy out George the following year and refreshed the theatre. The five-cent admission theatre was popular in the silent era.
“Riding Bob” Roberts made an in person appearance at the Empire Theatre to promote “Battling Dangers in March of 1926. Mann sold the theatre to Heinz & Thomas in 1928. The theatre closed and was not converted to sound operation. In April of 1930, the remodeled venue became a pool hall. It then became the Chateau, a dance hall, before being converted for other retail purposes. It was later demolished.
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