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Port Theatre

August 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Port Theatre
2905 East PCH, Corona Del Mar, CA.


Operators: Independent/Landmark
Status: Open
Opened: 10/49
Closed: NA
Current Use: Film/First Run
Screens: 1
Seating: Slope 930 Seats


Located in the affluent ocean side community of Corona Del Mar, the Port Theatre was opened by Western Amusement Co. in 1949. The theatre was operated strictly as a first run venue, until the mid 70’s, when foreign film programming was introduced. In 1989, the Port was taken over by Landmark Theatres and run as an art house, until being shuttered in 1998. Over the ensuing years, numerous plans were proposed for reopening the dormant venue, but none of these proposals proved financially feasible. In the summer of 2007, a permit was granted for the building’s demolition and plans were announced to redevelop the property.

Built with a blue, nautical theme exterior, complete with sail shaped signage, the Port was positioned directly beside the Pacific Coast Highway, acting as somewhat of an eccentric landmark amid the conservative architecture of the area. The interior featured a small, non descript lobby/concession stand that led to a relatively large auditorium, seating 580 on the floor level and 350 in the balcony, which continued the venue’s nautical theme. Ultimately sealing the theatre’s modern fate, the Port was built without a parking lot or air conditioning (during the theatre’s heyday, small paper fans were issued to patrons).

Update 1/26/08: The current owner of the Port has announced plans to reopen the venue as a cinema. Initial plans call for an extensive remodel of the theatre, changing out the traditional cinema configuration for an upscale, lounge design.


Port Theatre     Port Theatre Streetside View

Port Theatre Signage     Port Theatre Box Office

Port Theatre Marquee

2008 – 2010 Remodel

Port Remodel     Port Remodel Front View    Port Remodel Streetside View



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Tags: Corona Del Mar

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Port Theatre Update // Feb 16, 2009 at 11:50 am

    […] 16th, 2009 by ccrouch This past year, Corona Del Mar’s long dormant Port Theatre was saved from the wrecking ball and plans were announced for an extensive remodel; promising to re […]

  • 2 A Change of Fortune For Edwards Island 7? // Jun 9, 2010 at 5:12 am

    […] a venue. The only down side to this proposed new cinema would be the potential for overshadowing Corona Del Mar’s Port Theatre; which is currently undergoing a luxury conversion of it’s own. […]

  • 3 A Status Update of the Port Theatre // Jun 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    […] of the news that Newport’s Island 7 Cinema could be upgraded soon, I decided to check in on Corona Del Mar’s Port Theatre and see where the drawn out project […]