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DavidZornig commented about Jose Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm

1935 photo added courtesy of Harold Hal Burks.

Additional history below courtesy of Harold Hal Burks and Paul Bernal.

The Jose, built in 1904, is the oldest theater in San Jose, located on Second Street near San Fernando Street. Construction of the Jose was started in 1903 under the ownership of David Jacks, a Monterey landowner who was the namesake of Monterrey Jack cheese. At that time, the theater was a popular showcase for stock companies and vaudeville acts. Its history includes an appearance by magician Harry Houdini and a stint as a vaudeville house. Within a 10-year period the theatre ownership changed from Jacks to Chicago speculator William Warren.“ "In the 1920’s, James Battey bought the Jose as an addition to his local chain of theaters. Under Battey’s tenure, the entertainment was changed to include silent motion pictures with the customary live musical accompaniment. In the 1930’s the Jose began its history of showing second-run films. In 1933 Battey invested $35, 000 for remodeling. In 1949, James B. Lima’s General Theatrical Company purchased the Jose.”

“Subsequently, ownership of the Jose was assumed by Barry Swenson and Jim Fox, who closed the theater after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Swenson and Fox said it was not economically feasible to perform the retrofit to keep the theater open. The Jose Theater was declared a historical landmark on April 16, 1990. After more than a year of negotiations, the San Jose City Council agreed to pay for resurrection of the Jose Theater at a cost of $5.1 million. It will be leased for 10 years to the Improv comedy club, opening in 2002. The theater, which seats nearly 500 people, will be the largest of Improv’s 12 venues.”

Paul Bernal, Official Historian of San Jose, offers the following extraordinary comments regarding the odd connection between The Jose theater and Monterey Jack Cheese:

“Monterey Jack cheese was named for entrepreneur and financier David Jacks of Monterey. This is the same David Jacks who commissioned the construction of the Jose Theatre vaudeville house in 1904, which still stands at 64 South Second Street in San Jose. In 2002, it was reopened following a multimillion dollar restoration, renovation, and retrofit.”

“David Jacks had an eye for developing someone else’s product into a huge business. In the 1880s, Juana Cota de Boronda needed to support her family. Her husband became crippled and she had 15 children. At her Rancho de Los Laureles in Carmel Valley, Monterey, she prepared high moisture cheese by using a method brought from Spain to Mexico and then California by the Franciscan padres. The cheese was known as Queso de Pais. She sold it in local markets. It became a much wanted item, but Senora Boronda could not mass produce it given the limited number of milk-producing cows on her Rancho.”

“David Jacks took the idea, and created a conglomerate of about 15 dairies to compete with Boronda. He called his product Jacks Cheese. Some consumers looking for Boronda’s cheese would ask for the "jack” cheese (cheese made with a press or jack). Some would ask for Monterey Cheese. Capitalizing on the confusion of terms and producers, David Jacks cleverly renamed his brand “Monterey Jack Cheese” so all buyers would gravitate toward his cheese. Of course, Boronda was wiped out and Jacks became wealthy, enabling him to build the Jose Theatre, among other enterprises.

The Jose Theatre is a designated City of San Jose Historic Landmark.

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DavidZornig commented about Gaslighter Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Mid `50’s photo as the Campbell added courtesy of Mike Carroll.

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DavidZornig commented about Garden Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:25 pm

June 22, 1949 Grand Opening and interior photos added courtesy of Deedee Summers.

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DavidZornig commented about United Artists Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Late `40’s photo as the State Theatre added courtesy of Harold Hal Burks. State blade sign is visible on the left.

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DavidZornig commented about Century 22 on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

1974 print ad added courtesy of Hans Johnson.

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DavidZornig commented about West Branch Cinema 3 on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:30 am

1947 photo added, source unknown.

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DavidZornig commented about Patio Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm

14 hour movie marathon beginning Saturday.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170424/portage-park/patio-theater-sci-fi-movie-marathon-total-recall-vernon-wells-bryan-walters

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DavidZornig commented about Crescent Drive-In on Apr 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

1/27/66 photo added credit The Tennessean Newspaper.

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DavidZornig commented about Melrose Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 4:32 pm

12/1/66 & 12/21/66 photos added credit The Tennessean Newspaper.

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DavidZornig commented about Loew's Crescent Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm

7/20/66 photo added credit The Tennessean Newspaper.

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DavidZornig commented about National Theatre on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:15 am

Undated photo added. August 2016 article, and a related website below as well.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/08/30/national-theater-time-ticking/89617854/

http://historicdetroit.org/building/national-theatre/

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DavidZornig commented about Pink Cadillac Drive-In on Apr 22, 2017 at 6:09 pm

April 2017 photo added credit Susan Holly Nichols‎.

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DavidZornig commented about Strand Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:38 am

February 26th 1940 photo added credit Duke University Collection.

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DavidZornig commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:36 am

February 26th 1940 photo added credit Duke University Collection.

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DavidZornig commented about Garden Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:14 am

1935 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. Appears to be the original marquee & blade sign.

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DavidZornig commented about Adler Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:02 am

1953 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Adler Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:59 am

November 25, 1931 photo and copy added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. The banner in the foreground reads in part “Welcome New RKO Orpheum. Opens 6pm, Wed. Nov. 25.”

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DavidZornig commented about Garden Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:53 am

1940 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Sierra Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:49 am

1968 Grand Opening ad added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. Ad reads “Walter Allen & Jim Stopulos Proudly Announce The Opening Of…” Also the Grand Opening was Thursday November 7th, 1968.

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DavidZornig commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

1937 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Pastime Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:33 am

1938-1940 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. Not the best pic, but it is on the left down Main Street.

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DavidZornig commented about Tennessee Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

Two 2/22/74 marquee photos added, credit The Tennessean Newspaper.

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DavidZornig commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Apr 21, 2017 at 4:06 am

1965 photo added courtesy of the Americas Past In Photos Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Mid `60 photo courtesy of Theo Tersteeg. on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Correction, mid `60’s.

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DavidZornig commented about State Theater on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm

Mid `60’s photo added courtesy of Theo Tersteeg. Not the clearest photo, but it does show the original marquee & blade sign on the left beyond the Sinclair station. And that the height of the original facade must have been reduced when the new facade was added.