Stockton Empire Theatre

1825 Pacific Avenue,
Stockton, CA 95204

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Stockton Theatre 1950s VS 2008

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This is a great old Art Deco style theater right on the end of Stockton’s Miracle Mile district. It’s gone in and out of business for the longest time and hopefully it’s new owners will make headway with it. It has a lot of promise but as far as I know it is going to be devestatingly remodeled. The lobby is going to be torn out. Horrible! It has really awesome old lights hanging from the ceiling and a grand entrance to the main screen.

Originally when it first opened on June 16, 1945, it only had the one large auditorium, but somewhere in time the three smaller newer screens were added on the side. They are not in very good condition but the original Stockton theatre is great. Hopefully we will see a rejuvenation of the property, not an abomination.

Contributed by Charles Cunningham

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm

It looks like most of the bookings are for private parties. The San Joaquin film festival will be held at the Stockton in May 2009.

DataGirl
DataGirl on October 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Construction of the theater was authorized by the Federal Goverment despite wartime restriction on private construction. The Harvey Brothers (Rodda W. Harvey Sr. and H.V. “Rotus” Harvey) argued that the theater was needed for the morale of the local port workers who were critical to the war effort. Probably Mr. H. V. Harvey’s extensive work as chairman of the theater exhibitor’s war bond effort played a large role.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

From the LA Times in February 1980:

Fire of undetermined origin caused an estimated $175,000 damage to a Stockton theater. There were no injuries. Authorities say the flames gutted much of the interior of the Stockton Royal’s main theater. There was also extensive smoke damage to three adjoining theaters, recently added in a remodeling project at the Royal.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 30, 2009 at 7:10 am

Here is a weblog post by the late Bob Wilkins with several photos of the Stockton Empire both before and after its renovation.

ksutterfield
ksutterfield on December 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Ken mc: The State Theater of the photos was located in the 300 block of main street. It was remodeled and renamed the Esquire Theater in 1954.

Ken

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on June 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm

There was a beautiful FOX THEATRE located in downtown Stockton, however I am unable to find it listed anywhere on CT.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on June 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

KenRoe You’re right. I forgot that it was called FOX CALIFORNIA. Thanks again!

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2012 at 8:21 am

The Stockton Empire’s official website is: http://www.stocktonempiretheatre.com/index.html

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