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When I was at Mills College (1962-66), this was the closest theater. We could walk to it.
Plans to reopen as a music venue.
At one point it was called the Fox California.
This was the first theater in Berkeley to have a balcony.
The theater was originally located across the street in a building that no longer exists.
This was probably a nickelodeon.
If you look at the picture, you can see remnants of the theater – an outline of the arch and two round windows.
It may have been a nickelodeon.
It was a nickelodeon. The building is still there and the word ‘IT’ is spelled out in tile on the entry.
This was a nicholodean. Also called or owned by TD Lukes.
I updated the street view to show the building. It’s the one with the light brown double doors. The parking enforcement office has moved, so I doubt the city wants to tear it down.
There are pictures of the State at the Wyandotte County Museum. If anyone wants to check them out (and maybe get copies to post), here is the information:
1982-5-34 State Avenue Theater, 700 block Minnesota avenue, 1930s
1982-5-1797 State Theater, 700 block Minnesota avenue (neg)
N1982-5-915 University of Wichita R.O.T.C. Marching Band,
Minnesota Avenue. Sherwin Williams store and State
Theater with marquee reading, “Joan Crawford, Clark
Gable in Dancing Lady”, c.1932
There is a picture of the Avenue at the Wyandotte County Museum. The information:
N1983-20-51 Panoramic view of Minnesota Avenue with six General
Motors “Parade of Progress” buses. Avenue Theater with
marquee showing “Ulysses” and “The Black Pirate”,
Western Auto, Ford dealership, Great Western Imperial
Wallpapers, Public Loan Corporation and Feld Chevrolet c. 1941
The Wyandotte County Museum has several pictures of the Granada. The information is below if someone feels the urge.
1982-5-1983 Granada Theater, marquee reads,“All Talking with
Songs and Dances, Betty Compson in ‘Woman to Woman'
(neg is #1983)
1983-43-42 Granada Theater, 1000 block Minnesota Avenue, markee
reads, “All Talking with Songs and Dances, Betty
Compson in ‘Woman to Woman’”, c. 1930 (neg)
The Wyandotte County Museum has several old pictures of the Electric. If someone feels the urge, here is the information:
1982-5-598 Electric Theatre, c.1930,razed for urban renewal, 1971
Marquee reads, “William Powell and Big Cast in ‘The
Benson Murder Case’ Screen Song-A Show for the Whole
1982-5-1446 Electric Theater, 500 block Minnesota. Marquee
advertising George Raft, Miriam Hopkins and Frederick
March in “All of Me”.
5-1-26-a Minn. Ave.– Electric Theatre, Askins, c.1970
5-1-26-b Minn. Ave.– Electric Theatre, Town House Hotel, c.1970
5-1-28-b Minn. Ave.– Electric Theatre, Jay’s Clothing Store c. 1965
5-1-30-b Minn.Ave.– DeGoler’s Drug Store, Electric Theatre,
5-1-30-c Minn. Ave.– DeGoler’s Drug Store, Electric Theatre,c 1970
5-1-31-b Minn. Ave. – Electric Theatre, c.1965
5-1-51-a Minn.Ave.– Electric Theater
On a index of photos in the Wyandotte County Museum is:
1965-32-8 Front of Electric Theatre, 8/10/1921 (neg)
Unfortunately, they don’t have any photos online.
There was an historic adobe house on the property that belonged to the Peralta Family. It mysteriously burned down when they were planning to build the original El Cerrito Plaza.
For picture, go to
Then click forward to picture # 25.
Photo located at
I guess it didn’t make it. New plans are in this article