Pine Ridge Theatre

5990 Foster Road,
Paradise, CA 95969

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Probably built in the 1950;s, the Pine Ridge Theatre was for many years the only indoor theatre operating in Paradise. This rather nondescript house was twinned in the late-1980’s, and closed about 2000, a few months after the opening of the Paradise Cinema 7 multiplex nearby. It was de-twinned and operated as a church. In 2005 it went into retail use.

It is possible that the former Pine Ridge Theatre building was destroyed by a wild fire on November 8, 2018 which all but destroyed the entire town.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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msetty on December 15, 2006 at 5:11 pm

This theater was actually converted from a failed grocery store in 1977, and was unique in the 1980’s for using ancient projectors with arc lamps still changes by a projectionist. When they they twinned the theater in the late 1980’s, they succumbed to platter systems and automation in order to allow one person to run the entire operation on light attendance nights. I know this because the theater was run by close friends of my family.

msetty on December 15, 2006 at 5:12 pm

When theater was closed, the building was sold to a church. They have removed the twinning, so the original auditorium still exists in an altered form.

kencmcintyre on July 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm

This is from the Paradise city website back in January 2005:

Skyway Feed to Relocate to the Downtown:

Skyway Feed, located on Wagstaff, will be relocating to the Downtown. They have purchased the old Foster Road Theatre and plan a major interior remodel and building facade renovation. Their facade renovation design and application will be reviewed by the Design Review Board & Redevelopment Advisory Committee in January.

Gpowers205 on May 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

My high school girlfriend worked at this theater all through the mid 1980s. It was built from a failed grocery store building. After it closed it sat vacant for years until the owners of Skyway Feed spent a small foutune to remodel it. When you go into the building today there is no trace that is was once a theater.

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