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The Art Theatre, you may have seen it nestled between vintage shops along Retro Row or perhaps you have already seen a film here, what you may not know is the history that lies behind such a historical site.

Voted The Number One Independent Theatre in Los Angeles, The Art Theatre is the oldest operating single screen house in Long Beach.  It was originally built as The Carter Theatre in 1924 with 636 seats, an orchestra pit and pipe organ.  Styled after Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Shortly after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake the theatre was remodeled in art deco and renamed The Lee Theatre.  During the remodel the ticket booth, terrazzo floor and zigzag elements were added.  Once again, in 1947 the theatre was remodeled this time adding a larger marquee and renamed The Art Theatre.  In 2008 updates were made to the interior, sound system, vision upgrades, and an exterior facelift which included a replica of the 1934 marquee.

Today the theatre sits as a historical landmark in Long Beach famous for its screening of independent, documentray, animated, alternative lifestyle, and foreign language films. During restorations Art Du Vin Wine Bar and Flea Expresso Bar were added to make this theatre the perfect evening spot away from home!

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THE DETAILS:

Location: 2025 E. 4th St 

Art Du Vin Wine Bar | Hours: Daily, 5pm to midnight

Flea Expresso Bar | Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am to 7pm

Theatre | Hours: see main website

For more information + Photos + Details visit TheArtTheatreLongbeach.com

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