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Looking for Treasures in Long Beach

On my drives around downtown Long Beach, I'm always delighted to see so many great buildings left. Especially art deco treasures from the city's great building boom following the 1933 earthquake.

Sadly, there's not much left from the great stock of theatres that once thrived in Long Beach. Changes in the theatre business and urban renewal spurred by the declining fortunes of the downtown area finished almost all of them.

The photo here is a 2007 shot I took of the 1924 vintage Art Theatre. It gets a salute because it's a survivor! This cute deco style neighborhood house is miraculously running films after a 2008 renovation. Click on the photo to enlarge or, even better, go to the page I started on the Art Theatre for more information. Or better yet, visit for a film or a cup of coffee at their coffee bar.

Looking at other Long Beach treasures required a bit of time travel. Some of the theatres were well documented, some not.

I've started with pages on the Strand Theatre on the Pike because I have a fondness for theatres in the middle of amusement areas. And check out what was the most opulent (and largest in town): Meyer & Holler's West Coast Theatre.

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