Greenfield Theatre

239 El Camino Real,
Greenfield, CA 93927

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This theatre was very short-lived. It was opened after World War II by Greenfield resident George F. Thompson. The theatre lasted until the advent of television and was then closed.

George Thompson had a business partner, whose name at this time is not known. Mr. Thompson had been a theatre projectionist in the Bay Area during the late-1920’s and up to the start of World War II.

Mr. Thompson owned a 2 manual 8 rank Wurlitzer from the San Francisco Amazon Theatre that he intended to install in the Greenfield Theatre.

With the closing of the theatre, George eventually installed the organ in his home in rural Salinas, CA.

Contributed by Tom DeLay

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GaryParks
GaryParks on September 20, 2007 at 7:23 pm

The theatre still stands. It has long been used for retail. For a time, a karate studio operated in the former auditorium.

The facade still looks like a theatre. The marquee and any signage are long gone, but the stucco streamlined ribbed or fin motif which once backed the sign is still there.

It is listed as operating in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

GaryParks
GaryParks on September 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

The theatre was also known as the Circle, in 1951.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 28, 2016 at 12:22 am

I’m assuming that Gary, or someone else, has set the Google street view to the correct location of the (still standing) Greenfield Theatre. The building certainly looks like a former theater, with the wide entrance now closed up. As the flanking storefronts display the addresses 237 and 241, the theater must have been at 239 El Camino Real. The zip code is 93927.

The theater’s auditorium appears to have been fenestrated and divided into a couple of retail shops, entered from the side of the building. One is an ice cream parlor and the other sells drinking water. Ah, California.

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