Question for the experts

posted by SchineHistorian on June 10, 2008 at 7:57 am

Can you help?

Theatre Historical Society frequently get these kinds of questions, and we know the answers at this point are largely anecdotal. So, here goes….

We’d like to build a database of theaters across the country that are privately owned by the same family who built them and are currently operational!

Please with:
The name of oldest theater you know of (theater’s official name)
The year it opened
The family who owns/operates it
A website if they have one

The theater does NOT have to have been in continuous use all those years, but if it HAS been, that should be noted.

Please don’t guess – we need factually documented theaters to create this list.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone in your personal forward list who might be able to contribute!

We’ll share the results in a future Cinema Treasures posting.


Comments (1)

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

San Francisco’s Nasser family had several theaters from around the 1920’s on, namely; Castro (open), Royal (demolished), Alhambra (closed -now a gym), Fillmore (demolished) New Mission (closed).
The Alameda located in the East Bay has recently. reopened after restoration.

There are a few others which escape my cluttered cinema/theater brain at present… Good luck with your interesting project!

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