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Sad news I have heard today Nov 23 2015 the great Del Mar Theatre along with the Nick and Aptos Twin in the Santa Cruz CA area have just been bought by Landmark Theatres. I can tell you when the nice curtains stop to work at the Del Mar Landmark won’t fix them, just like all the other cinemas they run or rent in the SF Bay Area that had curtains they will leave them broke. Lets see what they do come next month with any neon marquee issues. Goodbye to showmanship in Santa Cruz CA.
Dolby has a lease on this place now as a demo Dolby Cinema. They took out all the nice neon stars under the marquee since this photo was taken,so sad. They blacked all the glass so you can’t look in and have a guard standing outside. They need to open the Vine Theatre again and show movies. Hollywood is under screened, show B movies or second run.
Thanks David for the great photo. They made a big mistake removing the neon dragon marquee signs. The whole front looks dead now and dark. Time to bring some color light and neon back to the 1957 look, forget what It was in the 20’s bring in some small palm trees and turn on the fountains again and light them up with some Blue lights.
Thanks HD for the photo. I am so glad they put in a cool Green neon and not a Red or Orange type of neon tube. Lets hope they have some nice color type LED’s inside to light up the ceiling in the large theatre downstairs like a dark Blue effect light when a movie is on plus color lights on the curtain. The opening is just a few weeks away!!!!!!!
Thanks for the photo. Tempest is still around and was just at a convention on the East Coast.
Thanks Colin for the D-150 print. The curved screen opened more for a scope movie. To bad UA tore It down in Seattle WA. It was a parking lot for years after. This theatre was one of the few domes that had a D-150 curved screen.
Was at this cinema last week and the theatres were both a good size and had great stereo sound. One downstairs and one upstairs. I was amazed how all the stores on Pacific Ave were open and doing big business. This theatre is a gold mine as they are the only place open for films in downtown Huntington Park. You will see many other large closed theatres in the few blocks surrounding the Park Theatre. Check out the huge Warner Theatre now for sale. If someone is smart they need to buy It (Warner Theatre) and bring back entertainment to this busy area starved for a music or film theatre.
To bad they ruined the marquee when they turned this film theatre into a live theatre in San Francisco CA. Now the building is in bad shape. The big blade ‘Golden Gate’ neon is in need of blue & gold paint and new neon tubes. Please, to paint everything ugly brown was a big mistake and remove most of the neon. Thanks Granola for the fine print.
Thanks Dallas for sharing this great sketch. The UA Alhambra Theatre was torn down many years ago for a Safeway food store. Today the only thing left of this great theatre is one of the outdoor water fall fountains on the right side of the parking lot. It no longer even works. It would be nice If Safeway stores re lit It and fixed the pumps and had the water going again with a little sign about the history of the Alhambra Theatre in East Sacramento CA they destroyed.
Thanks David for this photo I guess from the early 50’s. You won’t find any creative theatre circuits out today doing a scary stage show for the kids and fun adults today. Most multi cinemas don’t even have a stage or have any idea on how to do a Halloween type show. Bring on the Tingler and hot wire the seats plus gross out usher type zombies roaming the aisles.
Gary what happened to the deco ceiling lights??? No longer up. Someone must have them in their home theatre.
Thanks Haine for showing the photo. This theatre ran many 70mm roadshow movies In It’s day. I think they turned It into a bank after It closed.
Thanks for posting info about this great Dallas Theatre. I hope some day THS does a conclave visit in the Dallas area. Many movie theatre treasures surround the Dallas area both open and closed. THS seems to keep on going back over and over to the same cities all the time. Please bring on some new places to look at like Dallas Texas!!!!!
Thanks David, I hope they have nice dark Blue lights from behind when a movie is run.
And a great curved screen also, thanks for showing this cinema.
This long closed cinema had 70mm put in but thy never used It.
I wonder If they showed this film in 70mm. Must have looked great on the large curved D-150 screen. To bad they split this cinema up later on!
This looks like It was a single large D-150 UA theatre that UA cut down the middle to make more money? The public suffered to watch a movie in a long narrow theatre. Plus you got to hear the sound from the next door cinema. Great un showmanship UA Theatres had in many cities they did splits on. The D-150 curved screen probably got taken out and tossed. Thanks again Rivest for the photo ad.
Was this a 70mm or D-150 showing?
Thanks Steve for this fine photo. The Embassy Theatre had just been remodeled with new curtains and a great stereo surround system. Then the earthquake came and did some roof damage. This theatre could have been saved but the property owners tore It down fast almost overnight. Now It’s just a vacant lot. We need a good second run B grindhouse on Market ST these days. Bring back the Hub, Pix & Regal Theatres. The only cinema left on Market St is the semi new Cinemark Cinema 9 and they don’t even have a sign or marquee out front. The tourists have no idea a cinema is in the building at Powell & Market St. These old cinemas like the Embassy Theatre were proud to show you what they had playing on their marquee and poster cases. Thanks again for sharing the photo.
The new second screen on the right was way smaller then the giant wide screen at this Drive In with a new name.
UA wrecked this nice theatre by installing a wall down the center. Now It has been returned to a big cinema downstairs and two small split theatres in the balcony. Check out this nice theatre next time you are in Santa Cruz CA. Thanks again rivest for the great memories.
Thanks Rivest for this old Santa Cruz ad. My family always went here in the summer months. They put in a nice size wide screen for CinemaScope® I think in 1954 or 1955. Thanks again
Looks like a nice size theatre. Now closed because of the tragedy last night.
Does anyone know the date in Dec 1968 that the Fruitvale Theatre caught fire? Thanks