Armstrong's Colonial Theatre

568 Lighthouse Avenue,
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

I think I updated Street View to the wrong building. After careful examination of the 1912 photo, it’s clear that the Colonial Theatre was in the building to the right of the building that has the Hallmark shop in Street View. The former theater entrance was in the location now occupied by the Glenn Gobel Custom Frames shop, which is at 562 Lighthouse Avenue.

tomdelay
tomdelay on March 9, 2006 at 6:52 pm

For some reason, the approximate date of this theatre’s operation failed to enter in the above description. The Colonial Theatre was in operation circa 1912 and probably opened about 1910 or so.

The Masonic Lodge was located above this theatre. Around 1928, the Masons built a new lodge hall a couple blocks north of the 1925 Grove Theatre and a short block east of Lighthouse. It is still in use while the 1925 Grove Theatre was destroyed in a 1951 fire.

The Grove Theatre was rebuilt within the original 1925 walls in a typical modern cinema style and reopened in 1952. The Grove building still stands, but it has been so changed that it is almost unrecognizable that it ever was a theatre—unless you go behind the building and see the blister on the former stage wall that house the
speaker array in 1952.

Newspaper accounts claimed the 1925 Grove seated 700 on the main floor and 300 in the balcony. Ken Roe told me yesterday that his documents show the Grove claimed 700 seats in 1941.

GaryParks
GaryParks on March 9, 2006 at 9:45 am

Interesting! Weeks also designed numerous theatres which were components of the many public schools he designed.