Vogue Theater

1203 Railroad Avenue,
Pittsburg, CA 94565

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Vogue, Pittsburg

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Opened in early-1948 by the Blumenfeld Theatre Circuit, seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear. The side-walls of the auditorium were decorated with large mural depicting Regency style figures in various poses, the work of interior designers Design & Decoration Studios.

This small theater is now closed and is being used as a church.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Here is an undated photo of the church:
http://tinyurl.com/6xoylo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2008 at 7:55 pm

The city council minutes in 2002 said 1210, but listings say 1203:

PENTECOSTALS OF THE BAY AREA, 925-439-9284
1203 RAILROAD AVENUE, PITTSBURG CA 94565

PENTECOSTALS OF THE BAY AREA, 925-439-3660
306 CENTRAL AVENUE, PITTSBURG CA 94565

UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, 925-458-1106
293 ALVES LANE, PITTSBURG CA 94565

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I guess that would help. Maybe they could put the h on the end of the city’s name as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2009 at 11:41 pm

The Vogue Theatre in Pittsburg was opened by the Blumenfeld Circuit on February 20, 1948, according to Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of April 3 that year.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 9:28 pm

This 1914 photo shows an unidentified theater in Pittsburg:
http://tinyurl.com/cdxj3v

princeofprocrastination
princeofprocrastination on December 31, 2009 at 11:55 am

What I was impressed most with in the Vogue theater in Pittsburg, California was the huge painting on the lobby wall called “The Horsemen Of The Apocalypse”. Artist unknown. I dropped in during the church’s renovation and it was gone. I used to roam around the Vogue when I was with the cleaning crew around 1964 and I saw the torch job done on the walk-in safe door and the damage the molten metal did to the carpet. At that time the Vogue was already deteriorating and was helped along by the destructive patrons. I’d rather rent a movie and stay home and watch it on my 32 inch lcd. The gang-bangers who loiter around the Brenden theater in Pittsburg and the destruction occuring inside the Brenden along with the loud youth and the candy throwing will soon drive everyone away.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Here’s a picture of the lobby: http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1948-4-24&page_no=141#page_start

Kiddman32
Kiddman32 on March 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Just happened to be talking about this theater today with my mother… Why? Because she mentioned that my nephew’s church where he’s assistant pastor used to be an old theater in Pittsburg. Took me about 10 seconds to find the old theater’s name at this great website. :)

stonemanscalvary
stonemanscalvary on January 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Thank you for the photo of the lobby of the Vogue in Pittsburg, California. I have no memory of the painting but I think I recall the carpet design. I think the photo is the part of the lobby as you turn the corner to your right. What you are seeing is the restroom entrance and the doors to the seats would be to your left. Unless this is the lobby from the street and the concession stand would be on the right. I was friends with the nephew of the cleaning crew and we used to go all over the building in the early morning hours. Even walk along the attic and pull the light pots to peer way down below to the seats. But I’ll never forget the oxy-acetylene torch and the damage it did to the carpeting. The thieves cut a large arc on the safe instead of picking the lock or drilling to throw the latch in the internals. But someone must know where a copy of the painting exists of the “Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse” which was on the lobby wall. The horsemen in this particular painting had no faces and the horses were fierce looking. It made quite an impresion on me. Pittsburg had Camp Stoneman and the barracks were converted to welfare housing complete with lice and cockroach infestation. An occasional live hand grenade would show up. The Pittsburg Corporation Yard kept an actual North American F-86 Sabre jet without wheels or wings with the intention of making an amusement ride out of it but that never came to fruition. During WW2 Stoneman’s soldiers daily marched down Harbor Street to the river docks where the troop ships awaited them. If you were a student attending either Village Elementary or Pittsburg High School and had to cross Harbor you had to do it before the troops marched as they weren’t stopping for nobody. The Stoneman the camp was named after is the same Stoneman mentioned in the song by The Band and the same Stoneman who was the 15th governor of California.

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