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Nean024 commented about Varsity Theatre on Sep 10, 2006 at 10:38 pm

I am writing an architectural history Masters thesis on California theatres with courtyard entrances, using LA’s Fox Florence, SB’s Arlington, and the Varsity Theatre as examples. Right now the discussion rests upon the convergence of Spanish Revival style trends and exotic theatre design in CA in the later ‘20s and early '30s, local architectural context, and practical conditions for the use of courtyards (ie to place auditoriums farther back on the lot, works with climate, etc.). Any insights into this seemingly rare typology would be welcomed.

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Nean024 commented about Arlington Theatre on Sep 10, 2006 at 10:36 pm

I am writing an architectural history Masters thesis on California theatres with courtyard entrances, using the Fox Florence, SB’s Arlington, and Palo Alto’s Varsity Theatre as examples. Right now the discussion rests upon the convergence of Spanish Revival style trends and exotic theatre design in CA in the later ‘20s and early '30s, local architectural context, and practical conditions for the use of courtyards (ie to place auditoriums farther back on the lot, works with climate, etc.). Any insights into this seemingly rare typology would be welcomed.

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Nean024 commented about Fox Florence Theater on Sep 10, 2006 at 10:33 pm

For some info about the Fox Florence and its architect, see Maggie Valentine’s book “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre Starring S. Charles Lee.” He did indeed work for a time for Rapp and Rapp.

I am writing an architectural history Masters thesis on California theatres with courtyard entrances, using the Fox Florence, SB’s Arlington, and Palo Alto’s Varsity Theatre as examples. Right now the discussion rests upon the convergence of Spanish Revival style trends and exotic theatre design in CA in the later ‘20s and early '30s, local architectural context, and practical conditions for the use of courtyards (ie to place auditoriums farther back on the lot, works with climate, etc.). Any insights into this seemingly rare typology would be welcomed.

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Nean024 commented about Cascade Theatre on May 25, 2006 at 3:48 pm

Does anyone know more about the architect, J. Lloyd Conrich? Did he design other theatres, and specifically in the S.F. Bay Area where his office was located?