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OCRon commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jul 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

The Sanborn Insurance Map of 1937 (In photo section) shows MOVIES at 514 2nd Avenue South

OCRon commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jul 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

The Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1943 show no other theater on Main Street, besides the one at 111 Main. There is however, a concrete block theater, with a marquee, at 11 S. Central, which was on the 1920, 1929, and 1943 maps. On earlier maps Central Street was named Broadway. (See photo section)

OCRon commented about Poulsbo Stadium 10 on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm

From local news sources:

Opened on March 19, 1999, 10 screens, 1,708-seats

OCRon commented about Cinebarre Issaquah on Jul 25, 2014 at 7:47 am

Reopened on November 1, 2013 as ‘Cinebarre Issaquah’ (, offering food and beverage. Screens reduced from 9 to 8.

History from local news sources:

Issaquah 9 Cinemas opened April 14, 1995 by Act III Theatres

1995-98- Act III Theatres

1998-2013 Regal Cinemas

OCRon commented about Bainbridge Cinemas on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Notes from local newspapers:

Opened- December 18, 1998

Architect- William Chester of Bainbridge Island

5 screens,
1,000 seats

OCRon commented about Cine-Mex Theatre on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

See photo for information on Judge Pawley, first owner of the Aladdin Theatre

OCRon commented about Cine-Mex Theatre on Jul 24, 2014 at 7:44 am

The Coachella Valley Historical Society says that the Aladdin Theatre was located at 82470 Miles Avenue, northwest corner, large green park with palm trees.

OCRon commented about Bluebird Theatre on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

An advertisement in the Anaconda news noted that the Bluebird was at E. Park and Oak Street. The Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1950 show a theater at 200 E. Park. See Photo section for map. Southwest Montana Community Federal Credit Union is at that address today in the modern building one-story buiding. (recycled brick or faux brick?)

OCRon commented about Century 25 Union City on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Notes for the Century 25 from the San Jose Mercury News on opening week.

Opened- May 14, 1999

Architect- Mark Fehlman of San Diego

Seating- 5,232

OCRon commented about Pico Drive-In on Jul 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

According to the news article, in the photo section, Guy Doubtwaite was the builder.

OCRon commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm

In the photo section is the Sanborn Insurance Map from 1917, which shows how the Esquire/Yosemite and Hippodrome/Strand were positioned. It shows the entrance to the Yosemite at 18 N San Joaquin, which must have been changed when remodeled? The 1950 maps for the entire block are nearly blacked out.

OCRon commented about Motor-Vu Drive-In on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Cinema West has signed a lease with Interstate Amusement to operate the Motor-Vu, with 35mm prints, until the end of summer. No plans yet to convert to digital. The future is Blowing in the Wind. (

OCRon commented about Twin Cinema 12 on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The theater closed in early June 2014. Cinema West has purchased the building. According to, they are removing all of the new digital equipment to be used elsewhere.

OCRon commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

The Orpheum closed on May 26, 2014. (

OCRon commented about Grand-Vu Drive-In on Jul 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

The Grand-Vu closed at the end of the 2013 season. (

OCRon commented about Grand Theatre on Jul 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

217 N. 4th was the only theater on 4th Street in 1919. (See Sanborn Maps in photo section).

OCRon commented about Platinum Theatres Gilroy on Jul 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

The San Jose Mercury News reported on the opening of the $3.3 million, seven-screen Gilroy Theatre on February 4, 2000. The stadium theater seats 1,100 with auditorium capacities from 80 to 265.

It was said that the town had been without a theater since 1994 and the first three days of operation brought the theater 2,600 patrons. Platinum Theatres also operates the Dinuba Theatre.

OCRon commented about Brawley Theatre on Jul 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Using the Sanborn Insurance Maps and other sources, I came up with these results:

Belvedere Theatre 122 Plaza, Sanborn Maps— 1922

Brawley Theatre 122 Plaza, Sanborn Maps— 1949

Eureka Theatre 925 Main St., Labeled “Movies” Sanborn Maps— 1949

Circle 553 Main St., Labeled “Movies” Sanborn Maps— 1949

OCRon commented about Harvester Theatre on Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

831 Whitley Avenue was the approximate address of the third theater, located in the lodge hall. It was across the street from the today’s City Hall at 832 Whitley. See Sanborn Insurance Map in photo section.

OCRon commented about MET Cinema on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm

The Theater is now open. Matt Sconce and Keith Walker took it over in 2013. Check out their Movie Heroes program.

OCRon commented about Grove Twin on Jun 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

According to the LA Times on 9/2/56 (see photo section), the architects were Carlson and Middlebrook.

I notice that part of the text is illegible, so here is how it was meant to be:

The Grove was a plain storefront theatre nestled among other shops with a five-acre parking lot in front. When it opened on August 20, 1957, a small ad in the Santa Ana Register read, “We are now open.” Elvis Presley in “Loving You” was the main attraction.

The Grove, after undergoing a $75,000 remodeling job and being twinned, reopened on June 21, 1972. Each of the new auditoriums had 375 seats.

For many years it shared ad space in the newspaper with the Brookhurst and Loge, which like the Grove Theatre, were Vinnicof Theatres. After June 28, 1979, its ad no longer ran in the paper and no other theatre ever again opened there. By 2007 the center was demolished and a modern office building was being constructed on the site.

OCRon commented about Aldea Theater on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

The theater was at what today would be approximately 70 Bannock, next to Critters Grill.

I visited the Pioneer Museum in Malad about 10 years ago. I talked to a lady named Fay who told me where the theater was. I recently found it on the Sanborn Insurance Maps (see photo section).

It was on the 1915 maps, making it the second theater in Malad. It was half way between Court and 1st West Street.

Fay said she was named after her Aunt Fay, who made a name for herself in the pictures as Fay Wray.

OCRon commented about Beaux Arts Theatre on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Another theory could be that there were two side-by-side theaters.

According to the Sanborn Map in the photo section, 391 and 393 Selby had a wall and posts between them but shared a common marquee. The “movies” label overlaps into both spaces. 392 Selby at Angus Apartment Hotel was labeled store.

OCRon commented about Princess Theatre on Jun 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Finally found the aforementioned photo of the infamous Princess. Two more stories were added to the building. Compare the upper detail and arched windows in the building down the block, which is still there.

Google Street view is incorrect and I was unable to update view on my computer.

OCRon commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 27, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Let me correct myself. The old Krikorian 7 Theatre was closed, but it was never converted.
Currently it is a discount house operated by Interstate Theatres, based in Dallas, Texas.