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SAIGON UNDERGROUND THEATER?

Submitted by Sandy Hanna (ACS)

Capital Kinh Do Theater after bombing Sunday February 16, 1964.

Capital Kinh Do Theater after bombing Sunday February 16, 1964. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

I have been confused about this for some time.

Our military family was in Saigon from 1960 to 1962.

I always referred to the theater we took the bus from in front of the PX as the underground theater.

It was a bomb shelter like thing that you went through a store front to get to and then down a ramp into a theater.

This wasn’t also called the Kinh Do Theater was it.

Does anyone know?

2 comments to SAIGON UNDERGROUND THEATER?

  • Jim Keberline

    I believe you’re referring to the Alhambra. My family was in Saigon from ’61 to ’63 and the Kinh Do became an American theater in 1962. I remember a bomb going off in front of the Kinh Do (was there more than one bombing?) because I was inside with my brother watching Lady and the Tramp. I was about 9 at the time.
    If you remember the movie bus picking you up across from the PX, then you might remember a house with a white wall around it catty-corner from the PX. That’s where my family lived.

    Jim Keberline

  • Kenneth R. Yeager

    The Alhambra was set back from the street by a corridor and then opened up to the cinema/movie. You might recall there was a small white stand on the left as one enters the main area of the movie “lobby” where sodas, popcorn and candy were sold. I had that job in the evening during the 1960-61 school year.

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