Paradise Cinema 7

6701 Clark Road,
Paradise, CA 95969

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm

The North Complex fires which began in August eventually led to Paradise being placed under an evacuation warning for about two weeks, but the fire never advanced far enough to reach the town, and the warning was never upgraded to an evacuation order.

davidcoppock on October 10, 2020 at 9:02 am

Have the current bushfires in California had any effect further effect on the town of Paradise or this theatre building?

KenLayton on September 24, 2020 at 10:34 pm

I guess the theater owners must have thrown in the towel. Google now lists it as “permanently closed”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 7, 2020 at 11:50 am

PG&E had power restored to most standing structures within just a few weeks of the fire. Other overhead utilities (telephone, cable) were also quickly restored. Water was a bit more of a problem as the system was already old and in need of constant repair, and many surviving pipes were contaminated by the fire. Most of the system serving structures that survived and new builds has now been restored, but some dead-end streets with no surviving structures or new builds remain to be repaired.

The town never had a sewer system, and was the largest community without one in the United States. A sewer system to serve primarily the main commercial corridors was in the preliminary planning stage at the time of the fire (and had been for years) and there are now plans to go through with that project if it can be financed. But rebuilding is proceeding very slowly, and as of April 6 this year only 81 houses had been rebuilt, though 883 additional permits had been issued. At the current pace it would probably take eight to ten years to replace the 8000 units lost in the fire, but I doubt that pace will continue. The burst was mostly the result of the fact that insurance companies will cover loss of use for only three years if you are rebuilding, and only two if you aren’t. A lot of the housing was not insured, and once everybody insured who intends to rebuild has done so the pace of rebuilding is bound to slow down.

The problem is that the town has lost its economic foundation, which was primarily pension and investment money. Over the decades a lot of retired people moved there because housing was cheap and the town was picturesque, and now both of those features are gone. It will be difficult to attract more retired people to replace those who are not returning, and with a smaller retired population there will be less economic activity to support working people. The hospital, for example, was the largest employer in the town, with over 1000 employees, but now that its patients are gone it is unneeded, and unlikely to fully reopen anytime soon. The school district was the next largest employer, but without the workers at the hospital and other businesses that lost their customers there are far fewer kids in town, and thus fewer teachers and other school personnel are needed.

To some extent the town was also a bedroom community for commuters from Chico and Oroville, but those commuters were attracted for the same reason the retirees had been— picturesqueness, relatively inexpensive housing, and a decent amount of goods and services available locally thanks to the spending of all those retired people, plus the economic multiplier effects of the employees of those goods and service suppliers themselves. So the place isn’t even as attractive as a bedroom community as it once was. The likely result of all this is that it will not be fully rebuilt anytime soon, unless somebody there can come up with a replacement for all that retirement income that was its economic foundation, and that too seems very unlikely. The owners of this theater would have been better off if the place had burned, assuming they were insured. They could have used their capital to build a theater somewhere else. Now they are probably stuck with a white elephant that might not be economically viable for a decade or more, and might never become viable again.

KenLayton on July 6, 2020 at 10:07 pm

Any updates on this theater? How is the infrastructure rebuilding in town coming along? Power, water, and sewer restored yet?

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.

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.

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 May 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Any other updates?

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 January 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

Any updates on this theater?

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 November 15, 2018 at 9:24 am

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

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 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.

davidcoppock on November 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm

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

terrywade on November 11, 2018 at 10:09 pm

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. .

terrywade on November 11, 2018 at 10:27 am

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.

KenLayton on November 11, 2018 at 10:15 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 10, 2018 at 7:32 pm

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 on November 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm

I tried calling their showtimes phone number but all I got was a screech and a fast busy signal. I guess that means phone lines are down in their area.

davidcoppock on November 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

The cinema complex is closed while the fires are burning according to there website. The whole town seens to been burnt down, possibly including the cinema!?

KenLayton on November 10, 2018 at 9:51 am

Did this theater get caught in the big fire that destroyed the town of Paradise yesterday?