Paradise Cinema 7

6701 Clark Road,
Paradise, CA 95969

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Paradise Cinema 7 is a boxy, free-standing building of rough-textured, light brown concrete blocks, somewhat relieved by the addition along the front of a portico with a green metal mansard. The theatres have stadium seating and are equipped for Dolby Digital and DTS Digital sound.

It sits behind a large parking lot, and in lieu of a marquee on the building itself, it has only a small, street-side sign, just large enough to display the names of eight or nine movies. Due to local design regulations, the theatre has none of the flashy style which is characteristic of multiplexes built about the same time (circa 2000) in other cities.

The opening of this theatre led to the closure of two earlier theatres in Paradise, the Pine Ridge Theatre and the Pine Ridge Twin Cinemas.

The Paradise Cinema 7 was ‘smoke’ damaged by wildfires on November 8, 2018 in which almost most of the town of Paradise was virtually destroyed.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

KenLayton on November 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm

According to their facebook page, the theater survived, but with some smoke damage. So it will be closed for a little while so they can get everything cleaned up. It looks to me like modern concrete construction and the huge parking lot helped to save this theater in my opinion.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm

The latest map of destroyed buildings does not yet show the status of the theater, but several buildings in commercial areas very nearby are shown as intact or moderately damaged. This includes a K-mart that was initially reported as destroyed, so it is looking more hopeful for the theater building, but not the business.

The town has virtually no surviving utility infrastructure, even the water system being shut down. Nobody will be living there for a long time to come. We aren’t even going to be allowed back in to sift through the ashes of our houses for two or three more weeks, after they’ve cleared the streets of burned out cars and downed utility lines.

KenLayton on November 15, 2018 at 9:24 am

According to this webpage, the theater will reopen on Thanksgiving Day:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2018 at 10:54 am

That notice has to be for their other theater in Lakeport. Paradise has no utilities and (very important for a business) no population. The entire town has been evacuated, and will remain so well into next year. Even when utilities have been restored to the handful of surviving buildings, they will accommodate only a small fraction of the displaced population. I’d be surprised if this theater opened by Thanksgiving of 2021. Due to the nature of the local economy, which very likely cannot be revived, it may never reopen.

KenLayton on January 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

Any updates on this theater?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2019 at 10:33 pm

It hasn’t reopened. While some neighborhoods above Paradise survived the fire, as well as scattered houses in the town itself, and some people have moved back in, the current population is insufficient to support a movie theater. A regional supermarket chain reopened its store that is not far from the theater on December 28, but I don’t know how much business they are doing. Extensive reconstruction, if it takes place, will have to wait until the removal of debris is done, and that won’t be compete until much later this year.

KenLayton on May 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Any other updates?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

The theeater’s web site still says “Visit our sister theatre at” and “Visit our drive-in theatre in Lakeport California.” Google Maps updated their satellite view not long after the fire, and very little reconstruction has been done since then, so if you look at and see the devastation you can see how unlikely it is that this theater will be able to reopen anytime soon. The town is still pretty close to empty, and it’s likely to be years before re-habitation sufficient to support a theater will take place, even with some people living in temporary housing, such as RVs, on their burned-out lots.

KenLayton on October 6, 2019 at 10:19 pm

Someone mentioned on the theater’s facebook page that the theater’s parking lot is all overgrown with weeds and looks abandoned.

davidcoppock on January 14, 2020 at 6:48 am

The website for this theatre says to go to the websites for their sister cinema(Lakeport Cinema) and Lakeport Drive-in. both in Lakeport, California.

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