Empire Theatre

Oakley, CA

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The Empire Theatre sat on the north side of the main street through Oakley, CA. In 1975, the closed building was still standing and clearly was called the Empire Theatre. The structure was built of wood and was very weathered.

At one time, the Empire Theatre contained a 2 manual 4 rank piano console Wurlitzer organ opus 423 that started out originally in the Century Theatre in Selma, CA. When the organ was moved to the Empire is not known at this time.

On a trip through the delta town of Oakley in 1993, the Empire Theatre was gone with a vacant lot where the theatre had been almost 20 years before.

Contributed by Tom DeLay

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Cal78
Cal78 on June 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

The Reason the Empire was torn down Was it was made of Brick, and Almost Falling Down, A Good Storm would have Finished the Job.

celaniasdawn
celaniasdawn on March 31, 2011 at 9:49 am

The only theater I remember in Oakley was the Oakley Theater, located right on the highway. It used to show spanish movies. It was a long and skinny theater, when you first saw it, it looked like a warehouse of some kind. The name of the Oakley was clearly painted on back of the building. There is a photo of it on the American Classic Images site. Was this theater the same as the Empire?

celaniasdawn
celaniasdawn on March 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

I forgot to mention, in the website, it shows the theater to be in Oakland, and that is not correct.

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