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Thanks, Joe! That’s good information and I’ll check out that Google Book.
Mike, I probably should have been more clear. Yes, of course it’s a different building. I assumed from the photo that the Empire Theatre, in one form or another, had always been with the town.
Thanks to you both!
Hi, Michael. I was actually referring to the photo that I pasted the link for. Here’s one that’s dated 1849.
So it has to be as old as Placerville itself.
I worked there during its conversion from a single screen to a twin screen. This was in the early summer of 1988. It was nothing short of butchery.
I’m surprised to hear that the theatre was built in the 1929. The following picture makes it seem as if it was there at least in the mid to late 19th century.