Dinuba Theater

250 S. L Street,
Dinuba, CA 93618

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The Pep Theater opened February 14, 1941. It is listed in the 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 400. Seating is given as 450 in 1950.

By 1952, it had been renamed Alta Theater. It is located on South L Street, between E. Kern Street and E. Ventura Street. In recent years it has been in use as a bowling alley.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Ken Roe

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sangergirl on February 24, 2007 at 9:37 am

I went there to see Happy Feet and the staff was friendly, food was typical, the seating was great and sound and picture compareable to Manchester cinema. (Which I frequent) I would definitely go again. The location is on the end of town which is not exactly prime but for the most part it is by the Police department which makes it safe to me.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

I wonder if this theater could have been in the building that is now the Dinuba Lanes Bowling Center, at 250 S. L Street? It occupies three old buildings, but at the rear of the northernmost building is a taller section that could have been a stage house.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm

The record of a lawsuit (Levy v. Paramount Pictures) decided in 1952 indicate that the Dinuba Theatre opened on February 14, 1941, and was operated by the plaintiff, Mr. Levy until May, 1942.

The finding aid for the S. Charles Lee papers lists a Dinuba Theatre at Dinuba as a 1940-1941 project. However, given this theater’s location in a small San Joaquin Valley town, we should consider the possibility that this house was one of those projects actually designed by the unlicensed architect William B. David, with the plans only signed by S. Charles Lee, which is something Lee did for David on several occasions.

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