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CTBIII commented about Sunnyvale Theatre on Sep 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I went to the theatre as a kid in the 50s. Every Saturday for probably 2 years. Walked from home on Maple saw two features, cartoons, a newsreel probably and a serial. I think admission was $0.10 but can’t be sure. I don’t recognize the facade but probably wouldn’t after all this time.

I was driving by Sunnyvale in the late 80’s and made a detour. The area was rundown, and my favorite theatre was now a porno theatre. Nice to see it’s been fixed up with the resurgence from the computer industry.


Charles ctbishop at earth link dot com

CTBIII commented about Americana Theater on Sep 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm


Hadn’t seen your comment when I first posted. I was nostalgic for days gone by and was tracking down some landmarks from college years. Most are gone now of course. I was sad to see what the Americana Building looks like now. I remember Phil Ahn’s restaraunt next door, and the vacant lot where they set up a Santa’s Village every year.

I was an usher when it opened and then asst manager when Gary(?-it’s been a while) left. It was a good job to have for a college student.

I have a memory that’s been with me all this time. I stood in the lobby and took tickets sometimes. When they built the theatre, they didn’t put a clock in the lobby. On Saturday matinees, I could tell when a child wanted to know what time it was when they came into the lobby. I would sneak a glance at my watch, and then when they asked me, look up a the tall wall behind the candy counter, and then say 4:15. The kid would look at the wall but couldn’t see a clock, then walk away puzzled.


Charles ctbishop at earthlink dot net

CTBIII commented about Americana Theater on Sep 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I worked at the Americana from before it opened-got hired to be an usher, but worked getting the theatre ready for its opening. I worked there for a couple of years while I was in college. It was a great job.