Cornell Theatre

1212 N. San Fernando Boulevard,
Burbank, CA 91504

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Cornell Theater

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The Cornell Theatre was opened on November 18, 1949 and had two main aisles that ran down the theatre. The theater was perhaps best known for its neon-laden marquee with the words ‘Cornell’ scrawled across it.

Inside the auditorium, all seating was on a single level. There were Art Deco style ‘swirls’ on the side-walls and on each side of the proscenium. The curved ceiling contained ‘twinkling star’ lights, giving a semi-Atmospheric style to the decoration.

The Cornell Theatre was demolished in 1980 after closing in 1978.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 8:47 am

Here is another ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/6pqsz9

tubbytwo
tubbytwo on January 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

The street has always been BLVD. It’s RD in Glendale and Sun Valley. If you see BLVD on a map, it’s wrong. Common mistake.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Now a pretty little avocado green strip mall.

scoie71
scoie71 on December 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm

My Father managed the Cornell in the 70’s. His name was Tom Kalcoff. I was excited to see people talk about the Theatre I grew up in. I saw Jaws there and many other movies. When it closed down I remember we were all very sad. They built condos and a mini mall on the site. What a waste.. to a beautiful Burbank landmark. I was “as” devastated when they shut the doors on Big Dons Arcade as well. The old Burbank I grew up in.. how I miss it!

blauble
blauble on March 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I grew up and Burbank and have many memories of the Cornell. We used to go in to watch a movie on Saturday morning and sometimes stay thru 2 showings all for 49 cents. Saw my first James Bond (Thunderball) on one of those Saturdays. Because the Cornell was such a big part of our teenage lives, BHS class of 73 group pic was taken out front.

Art1956
Art1956 on June 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Someone mentioned seeing the double feature of Outlaw Josey Wales and Chino at the Cornell in 1976. I remember seeing the same double feature at the Wiltern in 1976. What great memories.Here’s a good link about the Cornell and other Burbank theatres of days gone by.

http://www.jbhs1967.com/burbanktheaters/Cornelltheater.htm

aracinggrace
aracinggrace on July 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I am looking for a Bill Darnell that use to hang out there in 1968-69. He rode a motorcycle and knew Dona Fleming.

hondo59
hondo59 on December 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Hi Art,

That was me in NJ. I saw Josey and Chino at the Cornell. There was a pretty good size crowd that night. My parents and I were driving around the country in August of 1976. We stayed at a motel closeby (almost across the street) and we had a free evening so we took in two of our favorite actors. I have the ticket stubs to this day. I can’t believe it’s so long ago. I was sad to see a K-mart or something like that in its place. Double features were common then at the 2nd run theaters. What a way to catch up on movies! I hope you enjoyed the Wiltern. I’m sorry we didn’t get to go there as I know it’s a beautiful building.

drb
drb on December 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Just to give a better idea of exactly where this was, you can see the sign in the background here: http://wesclark.com/burbank/san_fern_rd_zodys.jpg

The Zody’s in the foreground is now K-Mart. The Cornell is two blocks away at, not surprisingly, Cornell Street.

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