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

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2018 at 3:32 am

Sadly, Ken, it wasn’t just the phone lines that were down. The theater has been destroyed by a fire that devastated the Town of Paradise on November 8th. I had to leave my house with no more than ten minutes notice myself, and there were fires in every part of town we passed through in the some four hours it took us to get out. I doubt that as much as ten percent of the town survives.

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm

I hope that when it is safe to do so, someone can check on the theater to see if it actually survived the fires.

terrywade
terrywade on November 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Thanks Joe for the information. It’s so sad to see the fires that hit Paradise CA these past few days and even this movie theatre building.

terrywade
terrywade on November 12, 2018 at 6:09 am

On the Paradise Cinema 7 Facebook site the theatre is safe and just closed at this time. It did not burn down. Probably has smoke damage. The staff and owners are ok. .

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on November 12, 2018 at 7:49 am

I’m surprised this cinema building hasn’t caught fire, there is bush behind it!!

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 13, 2018 at 6:04 am

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 15, 2018 at 1:06 am

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
KenLayton on November 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm

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

http://www.paradisecinema.com/index2.php

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2018 at 6:54 pm

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.

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