- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Go to the Port Theater
Before John Wayne Airport and Fashion Island were opened to the public, the Port Theater was considered one of the most happening settings in Corona del Mar. You could bring your own outside food, smoke inside, and best of all, tickets sold for $1.49! The theater catered to the young and old and became the home of many memories for lovers, friends and family.
When the opening of multiplex theaters began to threaten business, Port reinvented itself with new and exciting ways to attract customers using costume, artistic film selections and sometimes live entertainment on stage. After transferring ownership more than once, financial struggles eventually forced Port to close its doors on August 20, 1998. In closing, “Rosebud” was displayed on the marquee symbolizing the great loss to the community. Local residents formed a group called “Save the Port” in an attempt to raise money and reopen Port, but unfortunately, the lack of profit and financial cost of renovating the worn down theater were too high for most investors to consider. In 2007, the Port seemed to be near its final hour when the former owner obtained a permit for demolition.
Unexpectedly, the demolition was cancelled when a kind investor saw the potential in Port and assumed the great responsibility of reviving its name and transforming the building into a modern day theater unlike any other.