California Theater

3310 West Magnolia Boulevard,
Burbank, CA 91505

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Former California Theater

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The California Theater had it’s grand opening on December 13, 1950. The architecture was Art Moderne. There was a balcony for adults only and for a time this theater served flavored popcorn.

In the 1970’s, the Burbank Community Church took the building over and in the late-1970’s, re-constructed the theater. The building still retains traces of the old theater’s appearance today.

Contributed by R. Christian Anderson

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drb
drb on March 1, 2009 at 9:47 am

You can see the California Theater’s tower sign in this photo that was part of the 1959 time capsule that was recently opened:

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Logan5
Logan5 on July 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

Trivia: On the commentary track of the “Back To The Future” (1985) DVD (released in 2002), Producer Bob Gale remarks about the “Town” theater façade as part of the Hill Valley town square set on the Universal backlot. He says “There was an old movie theatre in Burbank that had been changed into a church and that’s how we came up with the idea of making that movie theatre into a church in 1985.” This must be that theatre.

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