I did, however, find that in 1919 the “Commercial Club” contracted to rent movies to show in the Los Alamitos Sugar Factory clubhouse — which was located where Green Street Interiors and the Brew kitchen SAle House are currently located. The building originally built to house unmarried factory workers but which evolved into a community room of sorts, until it was purchased by a Long Beach doctor and operated as the Los Alamitos Sanitarium. But prior to that, the Commercial club not only rented the silent films to show to the community, but they bought a piano to accompany the films, and even bought some extra seats in anticipation of large crowds. The first film shown was apparently movies taken of the Mexican Revolution.
Anyway, let’s now return to the Rossmoor Fox in July 1964. It was in the building now occupied by the F&M Bank and was the first of three different theater operations to call the Rossmoor Business Center home.
The original Fox was operated by 20th Century-Fox’s film distribution arm, National Cinema. It opened the theater in 1964. The first film showed there was “For Those Who Think Young” starring James Darren and Pamela Tiffin.
A few years later, the Mann Theater Corporation took over the operation. At that time, Mann also operated the Plitt Theaters in Century City and the Mann’s Chinese Theater — formerly Graumann’s Chinese Theater.” In 1976 Mann converted the Fox to a triple screen.
Four years later, in 1980, the theater shut down and was converted to a bank.
By 1989, a new theater opened in Rossmoor, the Syufy chain’s Super Saver 7 Cinema opened –a seven plex featuring almost recently-released films and budget prices