East 4th Street

Fourth Street is a community that brings business, residents and visitors together in celebration of independence and diversity. Diversity means everyone looks different and cares about different things. Diversity means each storefront and residence has a personality unto itself. Diversity means we create experiences you won’t find elsewhere. Diversity means that our difference is our biggest strength.

Fourth Street is a creative launching pad for ideas and enterprises. We live in support of originality and independent thinking to create an environment where everyone is free to live and create as they want. The more unique ideas, personalities and lifestyles we have, the better we are and the closer we become.

Fourth Street was born of authentic roots. Nothing has been manufactured. We grew organically from a few personalities with a vision for a completely different kind of culture and experience. We celebrate and use our legacy as a roadmap for the future to make sure we maintain our independence while always making progress and reinventing ourselves along the way. Fourth Street means the freedom to live the way you want, shop somewhere special, and eat something different.

INTRODUCING THE ART THEATRE

The Art Theatre opened in 1924 as a silent movie theatre with 646 seats alongside a pipe organ and orchestra pit. Since then, the moderne Art Deco-style landmark has grown to be a Long Beach landmark and was recently Voted THE NUMBER ONE INDEPENDENT THEATRE in Los Angeles. The Art Theatre streams the most imaginative and stimulating independent, documentary, animated, alternative lifestyle, and foreign language films. After a one million dollars restoration, and the addition of a wine and coffee bar, The Art Theatre has taken its place as a proud institution beaming brightly on Fourth Street.

OUR HISTORY

1924 ~ Originally opened in as The Carter Theatre with 636 seats, an orchestra pit and pipe organ. It was constructed in a modest vernacular style with “orientalizing” touches reminiscent of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Two storefronts flanked the theatre.

1934 ~ Remodeled in art deco streamline moderne style by Schilling & Schilling after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and renamed The Lee Theatre. Additions included the ticket booth, terrazzo floor and zigzag elements like the stepped piers, vertical fluting, and the central-stepped vertical tower that unfolds as a fern. This tower has also been likened to the bow of a ship cutting through the water.

1947 ~ Remodeled again with a larger marquee and named The Art Theatre.

2008 ~ Updated using original blueprints with new interior, new sound and vision upgrades and restored exterior including a replica of the 1934 marquee and art deco trademark symmetrical storefronts.