Bay Theatre News

The Orange County Register

Seal Beach’s Bay Theatre gets new owner with focus on art films and live entertainment

January 12th, 2017

SEAL BEACH A Fullerton real estate developer’s dream of reopening Seal Beach’s landmark Bay Theatre as an art movie and live entertainment venue is coming into focus.

More than six months after going into escrow, Paul Dunlap, president of Dunlap Property Group, confirmed he has completed the $2.1 million purchase of the building. He also has filed an application with the city’s Planning Commission for a conditional use permit, required to start working on the building and beginning operations, he said.


Los Angeles Times -Daily Pilot

Is Seal Beach’s historic Bay Theatre getting a new lease on life?

September 13, 2016

The iconic Bay Theatre in Seal Beach has sat dark for the past four years, but a Fullerton-based developer with a penchant for historic buildings has recently made it his mission to purchase the venue and rehabilitate it for films, music and the arts.



Seal Beach’s Bay Theatre has a buyer with a vision

May 7, 2016

SEAL BEACH – As a younger man, Paul Dunlap dreamed of being another Bill Graham, the late rock promoter of such groups as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

On a weekday morning standing in front of the long-closed Bay Theatre in Seal Beach, Dunlap can almost see that vision coming true. The iconic building on Main Street could be his latter-day Fillmore. Albeit a much tamer version of the famous San Francisco concert hall.