News 8 Throwback: Iconic venues from San Diego’s distant past


Grab some popcorn and circus peanuts and watch these entertaining tales from San Diego’s distant past.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Two theatres are lengthy gone, the circus practice has left the constructing, however one venue nonetheless stands, and inside its partitions, a few of the finest comedians round, have entertained us. Grab some popcorn and circus peanuts and watch these entertaining tales from the distant past.

Loma Theatre, 1945-1987

The brilliant neon artwork deco signal continues to be there, however the Loma Theatre is lengthy gone. News 8’s Artie Ojeda was there after the final film performed in December 1987. The Michael Douglas Glenn Close thriller “Fatal Attraction” was on the marquee. Big film homes that performed one movie at a time had been being changed by multiplexes. The proprietor was planning to transform the land into office house. Former supervisor Clark Jordan recalled its heyday when going to the films was going to the theater. Patrons went to be seen and so they loved being greeted and talked to. It was a tragic day for him, however he stated, “progress is progress.” Instead of workplaces, it was a bookstore, and in the present day it’s Barnes & Noble Bookstar. The attractive ceiling and the marquee are nonetheless intact — a beautiful reminder of the past.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, July 1979

What a sight! A parade of animals making their strategy to the Sports Arena down metropolis streets. The circus practice was on the town and the “Greatest Show on Earth” was about to start. The parade started in Old Town and ended on the Sports Arena — an opportunity to view the animals earlier than the efficiency. It was a practice that went on for years. News 8’s Shirley Clum was simply one among a whole lot of youngsters who cherished the spectacle.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus 1993 and 1994

Fast ahead to the 90s and a brand new technology of animals and spectators. Larry Himmel, our personal ringmaster, was clowning round with children and circus staff in 1993. A year later, Hal Clement bought the enjoyable project. He requested children how they might acknowledge the elephants — “their trunks, they’re fat, they’re big huge gray things.” They screamed with delight at them as they marched down the highway.

The final year the circus got here to city was 2016 and in 2017, after 146 years, Ringling Brothers Circus took its closing bow. 

Fox Theatre 1925-1985

The Beatles carried out in San Diego in 1965. 14 years later The Beatlemania Bus and Truck Tour got here to city. Not fairly The Beatles however News 8’s Janet Zappala stated David, Joe, Rob, and Ralph look, discuss, and most significantly, sing and play with the identical depth and brilliance that made 4 boys from Liverpool historic superstars. Beatlemania was a Broadway musical revue and ran from May 1977 to October 1979. The worldwide tour resulted in 1983.

Fox Theatre is now Copley Symphony Hall.

The Comedy Store La Jolla 1979

The La Jolla landmark was two years outdated when News 8’s Janine Tartaglia caught Hoover High graduate Biff Manard’s act. The former class clown bought plenty of laughs from the group. According to IMDB, his performing career started in 1970 on “Mission Impossible.” The final entry is “Dirty Jokes the Movie” in 2008. He handed away in 2014. 

In August 1979 4 comediennes had been on the invoice. News 8’s Gene Cubbison talked to 3 of the humorous women, Judy Carter, Sandra Bernhard, and Lotus Weinstock. The home was full of sizable contingents of girls. Karen Hartman was additionally performing. 

For 43 years generations of San Diegans and guests have been entertained by the likes of David Letterman and our personal Larry Himmel. Fun truth, News 8 News Director Jim Holtzman caught Larry’s act and thought he may make an attention-grabbing addition to the newsroom employees. Brilliant transfer! From 1979 to 2014 he introduced mild and laughter to the day by day newscast. Next week’s News 8 Throwback might be Himmel tales, together with the time he went as much as Los Angeles to attain an interview together with his outdated Comedy Store buddy David Letterman. It’s a hoot and you could “tune in.”