Plumas Theater

112 Pine Street,
Greenville, CA 95947

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The Plumas Theater in Greenville, CA is another example of a Quonset Hut styled theater. Click the link below for a photo. Any additional information on the Plumas Theater would be appreciated.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

The September 17, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the Plumas Theatre had recently opened. It was owned by Randall Goldenson, who also operated the Tobin Theatre at Tobin, also in Plumas County.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm

The 1950 Film Daily lists no theaters for Greenville. In 1955 one theater is listed. The Greenville Theater with 360 seats. That might be this theater and the Film Daily has the name wrong or didn’t know the correct name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

In fact there was a Greenville Theatre in Greenville, but the only mention I can find of it in Boxoffice is from the October 24, 1942, issue. It says: “The schoolchildren of this small town contributed 25,345 pounds of scrap for their admission to the matinee staged by Harry West, manager of the Greenville.”

I wish the photo of the Plumas was a bit clearer so I could make out the movie posters. Knowing what was showing would at least give a clue to the earliest date the photo could have been taken.

Greenville was never much more than a wide spot in the road, though it was a metropolis in comparison with Tobin. Mr. Goldenson must have lived very frugally. The whole region was so thinly populated that I doubt either theater ever had a full house. Still, 25,350 pounds of scrap. People in the region must not have tidied up since the gold rush era.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm

There is a Greenville Theater listed in 1940 and 1945. It must have expanded over the years. In 1940 it had 200 seats and in 1945 it had 300 seats. That must be the theater mentioned in the October 24, 1942 issue of Boxoffice. None of the Film Dailys give an address.

Susan on June 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

I found Plumas Theatre advertised listed in the Indian Valley Record newspaper dated November 1955, published in Greenville. No street address included.

Susan on June 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

I found more clues online. Indian Valley Record January 1950, mentions that the Greenville Theatre had burnt down “the previous year”. This tidbit was part of an article reporting the Tobin Theatre had burned on the Friday night preceding January 26, 1950. Randal Goldenson is listed as the owner of both properties. In the same edition, the Plumas Theatre of Greenville is advertised and showing “The Big Sombrero”, “Miss Grant Takes Richmond” (Lucille Ball), etc.

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