California Movie Theatres (page 8)

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Rheem Theatre
Moraga, CA
The Rheem Theatre was built in 1957. In the 1990s, the auditorium was split into four theatres. I suspect the facade and sign were part of that remodeling but I have not been able to find any vintage photos of the theatre to confirm that. The theatre closed in 2010 but reopened that same year as the New Rheem Theatre. It is still operating as a movie theatre. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Granada Theatre
Morgan Hill, CA
2014: 2020:
The Granada Theatre opened in 1952 and closed in 2005. It was nearly demolished in 2009. In 2018, the building was gutted and renovated as a banquet hall. The building now houses the MOHI Farm restaurant and MOHI Social. For more, see this website. [map]

Bay Theatre
Morro Bay, CA
The Bay Theatre opened in 1942 and is still operating as a single screen movie theatre. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Uptown Theatre
Napa, CA


The Uptown Theatre was built in 1937. When these 2008 photos were taken, the theatre was being restored. Around 2009, the building was repainted. It reopened in 2010 as a performing arts venue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bay Theatre [gone]
National City, CA
Needles Theatre
Needles, CA
The Bay Theatre opened in 1941. It was remodeled in 1951 and took on its current appearance with the towering sign then. The sign was destroyed in high winds in 2018. The marquee sign below is also gone and the building is now housing a church. For more, see this website. [map]

The Needles Theatre opened in 1929 as a Masonic Temple. In 1930, the building was converted into a theatre. In 1992, the building was badly damaged by a fire and has been closed since then. For more, see this website. [map]

Cinedome 7 [gone]
Newark, CA
The Cinedome 7 opened around 1980 and closed in 2012. It was still vacant when these photos were taken in 2015. The building featured four domes. It was demolished in 2016. For more, see this website.

West Side Theatre
Newman, CA
The West Side Theatre opened in 1940 as the Newman Theatre. It was designed by S. Charles Lee. The theatre was converted into a roller-skating rink in 1984. In 1996, the city took possession of the building and restoration began. It has reopened as a live performance venue. For more, see this website. [map]

Lido Theatre
Newport Beach, CA


The Lido Theatre opened in 1938. Although now owned by Regency, the original features of the theatre have been carefully preserved. The box office, tile, poster cases, and interior features are original. The building was repainted around 2014, covering up the original pink and green paint. The theatre is temporarily closed now and being used by the Fable and Spirit restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

El Portal Theatre
North Hollywood, CA
The El Portal Theatre opened in 1926. In 1994, it was badly damaged in the Northridge earthquake. Little remains of the original interior. The building has housed the El Portal Center for the Arts since 2000. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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