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I adore the “sunsets” in the Golden State. I make people look up as the movie/concert was starts to see the sunset over the walls of the Moorish castle
Love the detail your flash brings out, usually it whites things out so much on my camera I opt for the “candlelight” setting. Yep, I pick “pretty”
Even for the period this place is just…insane! So rococo and over the top, gothic and renaissance with some deco sprinkled on top. I love it. Its like William Randolph Hearst took a break from the Castle and decided to build a theater.
I cant imagine how anyone was supposed to keep that much maintained short of Hearst’s money and staffing. I doubt the concert venue owners can do more with that clock than just take the broken pieces out and cover where the faces were. Assuming that even the 1971 remodel brings it up to today’s seismic requirements.
Does anyone have pics of the Indian headdress fixtures and the director/actress statues? Its what telephoto lenses were made for if they havent been covered.
Slight correction: audience right ceiling from the balcony.
Heres a few photos of the interior, bits and pieces from the balcony.
The Galaxy was built a few hundred feet from where the Cinema 70 stood,beneath the video game arcade if I remember right. Same mall, different buildings so Im not sure how that effects the address.
I remember loving the Galaxy’s flashing neon (that fell into disrepair within a year) and art deco lettering.Only the Dream theater at that time had any good looking signage.
The Cinema 70 used to scare me as a kid cause it was an industrial, not very glam Carlsbad sized dark cavern by the time I was seeing movies there in the late 70s early 80s. But, see the right film there and it was totally immersive. Seeing the Michael Keaton Batman was intense. I went to Hunt For Red October there twice because the screen was so HUGE that you felt like you were under water watching the sub chases. I instinctively looked up when one of the subs when swooping “overhead”.
I think it was the mid 90s when the Cinema 70 closed and it wasnt long before I missed having a screen that size anywhere.
I suppose its obvious from the name but; was the Cinema 70 a 70 mm or CinemaScope house? I can only imagine how cool seeing “the Master” there wouldve been.
Oh thats just sad.
The Priest is in fact still showing films along with serving as a cultural center for the town. Like so many other independent cinemas they are under the gun to convert from 35 mm. Not to worry platter fans: fortunately they are one of the theaters that can keep one of the 35 mm projectors along side the new rig.
They have begun a “Digital or Dark” campaign on Kickstarter to save their business. Any overage will go to refurbishing their historic building. I myself am crossing my fingers that they do so well they restore the knife blade marquee!
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Anyone have photos to post since Streetview isnt hacking it?
Great pic of the demon (?)on the proscenium!
Thanks to the local groups spurring on the sign restoration and preservation of the Rialto. But, Jebbia Family Trust and Landmark Cinema shouldnt it be you taking the lead to make sure this fantastic facility can once again be a growing concern for the both of you?
Lets hope the new sign lights the way to these two entities giving the Rialto the attention it needs to bring them income they need. Why spend the next 12 years just sitting on it?
Any chance of a scan and post of the artist’s renderings of the Grove?
Im not thrilled that Monterey Church brings in a bigger crowd than the movie showings did. But, if theyre not at fault for the accident I hope they can maintain a presence at the State and keep supporting these new businesses that have brought life back to Alvarado.
Better to have her thrilling Any audience as she should be than closed and folorn looking.This could be a blessing in disguise if the eletrical upgrade makes her more appealing to buyers, as certainly Warren Dewey should make back on the time and money hes put into the old girl.
I dont care What movie they show upon reopening: I’ll be there! I might even attend a church service…if they dont mind me taking pictures of the fixtures.
Oh wow! Thanks for posting this John. I had heard the legends of the 812 but never thought I’d see the interior. In this age of “living Room Cinema” (since couches are cheaper than installing theater seats) the 812 was truly ahead of its time.
I spent a summer working at the Dream (I thought itd be longer but after “Jungle Book” closed I was let go, devastating to a 16 year old LOL)so I can only imagine the funky fabulousness of the 812 interior.
Great shots Chuck. Ack this just kills me. I assumed from the state of things outside that the place was derelict and falling apart. And the only things in truly bad shape seem to be from water getting in SINCE the last closure! Those leaks arent repaired and teh place will just rot away when it seems to be so utterly restorable!
A sample picture of the DelRey from the Pat Hathaway collection. In Color!
Only time I ever went in teh place was when it was an antique store. It was like Carlsbad Cavern, huge dark cold and scary. I bought a locket from the candy counter where the jewelry was displayed.
Congrats Balboa! Wish I coulda been at the party.
Nice to see Regency putting effort into 2nd run houses.
A big thanks Ms.Gontz.
FriendsoftheRialto the first job is simply to preserve it! I was inside a couple years back for a party. The plasters crumbling, the seats are sagging. It needs fixing up and preserving before it can serve any purpose.
Well done Willows! Anybody have photos? Im not sure if google streets is showing me the right building.
Congrats on the great haul provcolimb! Hope you have a fun NOTLD showing. Can you re post the links? Your last post has a a whole left column missing.
A 16mm and 8 mm enthusiast friend just had a party showing some shorts and Forbidden Planet. FP had turned red and the sound wasnt ideal but the atmosphere was definitely more fun with the sound of the projector and the whirr of teh reels. And the “at home” versions of The Mummy and that monster movie bout the giant tarantula terrorizing new mexico were deifinitely “better” in 10 minute formats.
Viva La Celluloid!!
I know a lot of you dislike seeing a new movie in a theater (rude audience,price,quality of modern films,cost of gas etc) But hopefully those of you nearby will support the owner who wiped out his life savings to stay a first run house by patronising the Ganado when you can.
I clicked on the photo and was suprised at how Atomic Age the place looked; any photos from earlier in its history? Is there some plaster roccoco (sp?) masterpiece hiding behind the shiny chrome?
Hopefully AMC wont sit on the place to long and a theater friendly buyer will emerge.
This mid sized single screen theater is in a midsized town and available for lease. It has 2 floors of offices/apartments above it, Ive no idea if there occupied or not. It seems in need of cosmetic restoration. Google street view oughta give you a better view of what is still called “the Regency” by the locals. It is the sister theater (by way of ownership) to teh Golden State Theater. There is a multiplex indy house (the Osio) a couple blocks down, but I think Monterey could support a single screen venue.