Cornell Theatre

1212 N. San Fernando Boulevard,
Burbank, CA 91504

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crapshot on May 7, 2004 at 7:10 am

I use to live on Scott Rd right next to the theatre and the Kmart was one block south of the theatre. I lived in burbank for 17 years and saw many flicks their. I was bummed when the theatre was torn down and havnt been to the area since 1980. Hate to think that a place of history was replaced by an upgraded Kmart. Wasnt aware that a Kmart could be upgraded.

frank on May 5, 2004 at 7:33 am

The Cornell was a beautiful place. I saw a double feature here with my parents in August 1976 when we were on vacation (from NJ). The double feature was Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and Charles Bronson in “Chino”. When I visited the site in 1997, a Big K-mart had replaced it.
I still have the ticket stubs.

NeilShattuc on April 8, 2004 at 2:20 pm

I went to Cornell the first week it opened. I remember seeing D.O.A
in a sneak preview in 1949. Edmond Obrien and others in the
cast were there. John Ireland and Joanne Dru were with him.
It was a big improvement for down town Burbank. I could see some new films with out going to Hollywood

William on December 16, 2003 at 3:12 pm

The Cornell Theatre in Burbank, California opened on November 18th, 1949. As a first-run house in the main business section of the town it features western and action pictures. A double marquee on the front and an impressive sign tower both spell out the name of the theatre forcefully. The plain green walls of the lobby and foyer blend effectively with the red, yellow and gray circular pattern of the carpeting, Indirect lighting and conditioned air emanate from a huge ceiling oval. Red couches are situated at either side of the doors to the men’s and ladies lounges. Scattered stars twinkle in the blue ceiling of the auditorium, while ornate scroll work decorates side and front walls. Loge seats are blue, the others red.
The owner and operator at the time of opening was Principal Theatres Corp. of America. Which Pacific Theatres would later pick-up the house. In 1949 the cost of the building was $185,000 and the lot size was 100' x 200'. And the theatre opened with 1468 seats.