Raven Performing Arts Center

115 North Street,
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Raven Performing Arts Center

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Originally opened as the Aven Theater in 1949. This theater is now used for live performances. The marquee is embellished with a neon raven. The theater should not be confused with the Raven Film Center, which is also in Healdsburg.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Ken: I’ve been trying to discover if the Plaza had formerly been the Fox’s Hall mentioned on this page, and this page at the Healdsburg Museum’s web site. The former page says that Fox’s Hall was built “behind” the Masonic building, suggesting a ground floor site, and the latter page gives the location as the west side of West Street between Plaza and North Streets, which is the block where the Plaza was (it also has a smallphoto of Fox’s Hall in 1904.) Healdsburg has short blocks, and I can’t find any evidence for another theater of the Plaza’s size ever being on that block, but I can’t find the exact address of Fox’s Hall to confirm that they were the same building.

RoadsideArchitecture.com on December 6, 2008 at 10:47 am

The theatre’s website puts the opening date as 1949 — and the original name as Aven (not Avon):

DavidZornig on December 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

There is also a Raven Theatre in Chicago on Western Ave near Granville. Though it is strictly live stage and was built inside of a former Jewel Foods grocery store.

korvettekid on October 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

hey joe & ken, i know there has been a while since you both posted here. i did a web search for gale santocono and wound up here. the reason i did the search is i just found out the house i bought in la grange was in fact his and evelyn’s own personal home built 2 years before his death. do you guys know of any things about the santocono’s that might be interesting for me to learn? the house i bought that was designed by him is sure any thing but normal.

CarolSantocono on June 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

Gale Santocono was my father, and no, that house was not “normal” but I loved that house. To answer all of the old questions, my father became a licensed architect in the early 1960’s. He was the first person in California to be allowed to sit for the architect exam without the college background, or the requirement of working for an architectural firm. After obtaining his license in CA, he became licensed in several Western states, and then obtain a national license.

korvettekid on June 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

carol…thanks for the reply. if you are ever in the neighborhood feel free to stop by. if you have any old pics of the place i would greatly appreciate if you could send them my way. feel free to contact me at any time. thanks again for the info. email me at… thanks again…kevin

imrobert on July 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I grew up in the Aven and remember the Plaza Theater after it had closed. The Analy Theater in Sebastopol (now gone) was also very similar to the Aven and I assume had the same designer.

Mikeyisirish on July 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

When I visited this theater last year, the neon bird want entirely functional, so I didn’t bother to shoot it. Anyone know if it’s been fixed?

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