San Carlos Theater

321 S. Main Street,
Coolidge, AZ 85128

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Here is a photo of the San Carlos Theatre in Coolidge, Arizona, dated 1939.

MikeJones on November 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I lived in Coolidge from 1950 to 1959 and remember the two theaters on Main Street, plus the drive-in south of town. I seem to recall that the Studio theater had the KCKY radio station studio located upstairs above the theater. That would have been where Dwane Eddy got his start by visiting his friend Lee Hazelwood who was a DJ there in the early 1950’s. The Studio theater was located on the SW corner of Roosevelt and main, and is now a vacant lot. The San Carlos was just south a couple blocks on Main across the street.

Janis K
Janis K on March 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

My name is Janis Tharrington Kellogg. My father Roy Tharrington was the manager of the Long Theaters in Coolidge, Az from approximately 1943-44 to 1961. The Studio Theater was located at 208 North Main Street (corner of Roosevelt and Main) and the San Carlos Theater at 321 South Main Street, between Wilson and Harding. There was also a drive-in theater at the south end of town name the Prince Drive-In which I think was build in the 50s. As I can remember the Studio Theater was remodeled shortly after my dad became manager. Don’t know for sure but seems like it had a different name before the remodel. All these theaters are gone now, demolished. There was another theater put in quite a number of years after 1961. It was located on Coolidge Ave just west of Arizona Blvd. It may have been the “Mauk” theater listed on the Coolidge website.

bop2bop on August 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

Kermo I took tickets and ran projectors 59-60’s my name is Rudy Flores did you work with me?What year did you work there? Thank you

kermo on October 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm

I grew up in Coolidge in the years 1944 thru 1959….I took tickets at the San Carlos theater in Coolidge,Arizona.

kermo on October 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Just remembered…I went to see Elvis Presley in “Love me Tender” at the Studio Theater in Coolidge,Arizona…..Seems me and a couple friends of mind were asked to leave for making fun of it…..Those were the days……..

kencmcintyre on September 27, 2008 at 11:32 am

The Studio is listed in the 1963 IMPA. I am hesitant to add it as a new theater as it may be an aka for this house.

EcRocker on February 11, 2006 at 3:30 pm

I lived in Coolidge for 2 years from 2000 through 2002. The person who I knew in town told me that there were only 2 theatres there.He grew up there and his mother (who since passed in 98) and father had lived there for over 40 years. The Chamber of Commerce is indeed located on Central avenue. If it had not been demolished most of the buildings from the 40’s are gone. Even a one time major department store sits on Central ave with it’s doors shuut. I stated on the Casa Grande Paramount page that when the I-10 Freeway was built and bypassed Coolidge traffic through town dried right up. Although there is a Main Street in Coolidge it is not really the main street any more. Arizona Ave (rt 87) runs through what ever business district there is. It has 2 lanes each direction (N/S) a middle lane for turns and parking on either side. Main street has 2 lanes and parking. There is not a whole lot going on there. The streets roll up at about 6PM.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 10, 2005 at 9:10 am

Just for information on theatres listed in F.D.Y. for Coolidge, AZ
Coolidge…390 seats
Rex Closed
San Carlos…750 seats

San Carlos…750 seats

San Carlos 7th & Main Street 750 seats
Studio 6th & Main Street 400 seats

Could be the Studio Theatre is the Coolidge Theatre re-opened?
No mention of a Mauks Theatre though.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 10, 2005 at 8:49 am

The Film Daily Yearbook:1950 edition gives an address of 7th Street and Main Street. These do not map out as they run parallel several blocks apart. The seating capacity is listed as 750. It is also listed as open in the 1941 edition of F.D.Y. with the same seating capacity.