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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
Found online at View link
True story: During the war years (WWII), while dad was overseas and mother had left with another man, we lived with grandma and grandpa. On Saturday afternoons, grandpa would drop us off at the local theater, named “The Home Theater” on Quindaro Boulevard, about a mile or so from our house on 27th street. We would watch a serial, several cartoons and the main feature. It was usually dark outside when we were ready to come home.
On the Saturday that Frankenstein was shown (1945, I think), they advertised that Frankenstein would be at the theater in person.
I was about six or seven and my sister was 18 months younger. After the Tom Mix serial and the cartoons, Frankenstein, the movie started. About midway through, the film stopped and the theater went dark. A spotlight focused on the stage in front of the screen. Out walked a man leading a remarkable realistically made up Frankenstein’s Monster. Immediately, a hundred kids began screaming. The monster walked down the steps with hands straight out in front of him, with that stiff-legged limp, just as he did in the movie.
As he walked up the aisle, kids by the dozen ran before him in delicious fear.
My sister turned to me and said “Jim, I’m going!”
I thought she meant going to the well-lighted lobby where many kids were now heading.
Wrong! She meant HOME! and safety.
She was no more than five or six at the time and she ran all the way home. After the movie was over and I couldn’t find her, I was starting to panic! (Maybe Frankenstein’s Monster did get her!!!)
I went out to the car to tell grandpa the tragic news and there sat Judy, happy as a clam, eating popcorn.
How a five or six year old girl was able to run more than a mile in the dark, making correctly making several turns onto poorly lighted streets still amazes me to this day.
Grandpa later teasingly asked her, “How did you know Frankenstein wasn’t following you?”
Judy replied “I never looked back!”
This link shows a postcard street scene with the Electric marquee visible on the right side.
The link below talks about the ‘original’ Electric being torn down and replaced by new theater in the Spanish Renaissance style around 1922.
This article talks about the Electric being built in 1906
So there were two theaters on the same site.
Scroll down to the end of this article to read about a 94 year old woman’s memories of the Harding.
From a male friend who worked at The Oakland Tribune in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. The newspaper morgue (library) was located in the old theater. I asked him what he remembered:
“Actually they had a false ceiling but I do have some memories of the storage area where the photo dept was. That was up in the rafters sort of and it was a cubbyhole type area. Until they moved out the false ceiling I don’t think you could have seen it. The remodel was cheesy and they did a good job of making it ugly. I understand the women’s bathroom was great but of course I was never let in.”
The url below about the Granada & the Boller Bros. lists the Art Theater at 1808 Central Avenue. View link