July 17th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1946, the Bay Theatre had its grand opening at 5:30 p.m. with a double feature of John Payne and Maureen O’ Hara in “Sentimental Journey” with “Miss Susie Slagle’s,” starring Sonny Tufts and Veronica Lake.

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The Bay started out as the Beach Theatre, but the Fox West Coast Theatre chain bought, modernized, and renamed it.

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– Michael Dobkins

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2 Responses to July 17th in Seal Beach History

  1. Robert Black says:

    When the theater was opened I was 7 years old .My aunt Mary from the Hellman Ranch would some times take me to the movies there, she always got all dress up like she was going to church. It was a evening out. But on Saturdays I would go to the Matinee for 10 cents and meet up with my friends. Seams most of the movies were westerns and Tarzan with at least 2or 3 cartoons and a news reel. It was good being a kid in Seal Beach back then.

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    • Michael Dobkins says:

      Thanks for sharing, Robert. It’s one thing to post an old ad from a newspaper, but someone writing about their actual experiences give the full flavor of what it was like to live in Seal Beach back in those days.

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