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California Movie Theatres (page 13)

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Rafael Theatre
San Rafael, CA
West End Theatre
Santa Ana, CA
The Rafael Theatre was built in 1938 on the site of the Orpheus Theatre which was damaged by fire. The theatre closed in 1989 after an earthquake. It reopened in 1999 as the Rafael Film Center. In 2003, the name was changed to the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The West End Theatre was built in 1915. It was later known as the State Theatre and the Guild Theatre, and the State Arts Theater. The facade was covered in 1966. It has since been restored and the building now houses businesses. For more, see this website. [map]

West Coast Theatre
Santa Ana, CA
The West Coast Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1924. It closed in the 1980s. In 1991, it became home to the Christian Tabernacle. It now houses the Zion Apostolic Church. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see this website. [map]

Yost Theatre
Santa Ana, CA
2008: 2013:
The Yost Theatre was built in 1912. It was remodeled in the 1920s and again in 1947. In 1985, the theatre closed and was used by a church. In 2007, the theatre was remodeled and it is now used for live performances. For more, see this website. [map]

Arlington Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA
The Arlington Theatre was built in 1931. In 1976, the theatre was restored and adapted for live performances. The theatre features a Wonder Morton organ which was originally installed at the Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, NJ. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Santa Barbara Theatres:
Granada Theatre: 1, 2

Del Mar Theatre
Santa Cruz, CA
The Del Mar Theatre opened in 1936 and closed in 1999. It was restored and reopened in 2002. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Rio Theatre
Santa Cruz, CA
The Rio Theatre was built from 1947-1949. It is now a performing arts center. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

NuWilshire Theatre
Santa Monica, CA
2013: 2018:
The NuWilshire Theatre opened in 1931 as a Fox theatre. It was twinned in the mid-1970s. The NuWilshire had been closed since 2007. In 2015, the building was adapted for Performance Bicycle. It has been vacant since 2019. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Aero Theatre
Santa Monica, CA
Tower Theatre
Santa Paula, CA
The Aero Theatre was built in 1939 and is still operating as a movie theatre. It was originally open 24 hours a day for aircraft workers. For more, see this website. [map]

The Tower Theatre was built in 1926 as the Mission Theatre. In the 1930s, it was known as the Lyric Theatre and the Columbia Theatre. It became the Tower Theatre in 1941. It has been closed since around 1968. [map]

Seal Beach Theatres:
Bay Theatre

La Reina Theatre
Sherman Oaks, CA
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Sierra Madre, CA
The La Reina Theatre was designed by S. Charles Lee and opened in 1937. It closed in the mid-1980s. Although the theatre itself was demolished for retail space, the facade was saved. After the Northridge earthquake in 1995, the pylon sign part of the building was removed. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sierra Madre Playhouse opened as the Sierra Madre Theatre in 1923. The theatre stopped showing movies in the early 1970s. It became the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 1979. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Sebastiani Theatre
Sonoma, CA
The Sebastiani Theatre was built in 1933 and named after the local Sebastiani wine-growing family. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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