point loma

Loma Theater/Bookstar: A Point Loma Icon

I buy my books at Bookstar, which is a Barnes and Noble in a snazzy locale: the old Loma Theater.


The Loma Theater is an icon in Point Loma. It used to be a single movie screen-theater.  I saw E.T. The Extraterrestrial there in 1982 when I was 2 years old.  The damn seat folded up on me and my mom couldn’t stop laughing.  I don’t know what was the more traumatic: the seat incident or the movie itself.

In the late 1980s the theater closed up and became a book store in the 90s.  The movie screen is still in place, along with the ornate painting on the ceiling that was so common in theaters of the era.

One day I will research the building, because the historian in me is dying to do some historical research, especially on the early days of such an iconic theater.