Eureka Theater

612 F Street,
Eureka, CA 95501

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hookhandlady on October 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

To ken mc: I’d love to get in touch with you regarding the comment you left about having staff rosters for the Rialto Theater listed in the Humboldt Standard. I am looking for a cameraman that is supposed to be associated with the theatre in the 1910s. I made a listing for the Rialto here: /theaters/33928/
If you get this message could you please let me know via the Rialto page? Thanks SO much for your help!

ozoner on July 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

The Eureka Theater sign and marquee are, were, wrapped in neon. The large letters were sequential at one time, but due to neglect and expense, they were eventualy changed over to a continuous mode. A shame, the sequential mode looked great. There were also two neon strings wrapping the awning around the outside, and “Vegas” style rotating lights in the cieling of the italian blue tiled entrance. In it’s day, it was a real show piece. George Mann spared very little when he built a new theater. And this was one of his nicer ones.

TLSLOEWS on July 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Nice vertical sign and marquee.

ozoner on July 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Not exactly one of the new owners better ideas. Renting video tapes would not have been tolerated if Mr. Rickard was still in charge. Buzz was as old school as it got. And a nicer employer one might never find in a lifetime.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Interesting selling movie tickets and renting VHS tapes.

ozoner on July 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

If anyone at the Eureka Theater is curious about that gray wire hanging down inside the box office cabinet, just inside the right side front door, it is a wire to an alarm for the back doors of the downstairs theater. It runs up inside the marquee, across the ceiling and down the wall behind and to the right of the right side exit, in what used to be the carpenters room. The homemade ladder goes up to the attic. Just follow the wire up the ladder, across the attic, and down inside the marquee to the box office. Watch the wiring, it’s pretty old. A long single piece of wire. Just thought someone might be interested. It was quite the climb.

CSWalczak on January 11, 2010 at 1:44 am

According to news reports, the earthquake of 01-09-10 has closed the theater at least temporarily and that damage has been done to its marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm

This is the National Register of Historic Places registration form for the Eureka Theater.

valvann on February 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for the newspaper citation (every little bit helps) and your response to my inquiry of a year ago. As you can see above, I had other responses at the time, and also did more research. And as it happens, I am acquainted with the author of the Davis Historical Society PDF file that you cite above, which incorporates my research in the year since my Feb 2007 inquiry here.

RedwoodResearcher on February 14, 2008 at 2:37 am

Can someone tell me what is the basis for attributing this theatre to William B. David?

recently; William B. David is listed as the architect in the article printed in the Humboldt Standard March 2, 1939. The day before the theater opened. I see you have a number of his theaters listed as your favorites, you may enjoy reading this pdf about him. View link

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 5:08 pm

Here is a 1958 ad from the Eureka Humboldt Standard:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2007 at 9:28 pm

This is a recent photo of the Eureka Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 4, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Here is a 1950s photo of the Eureka Theater.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 14, 2007 at 11:08 am

In 2000 (?) my wife and I drove through this pleasant town and went into the EUREKA THEATRE.
It was good to see the restoration underway with scaffolding still in position but with room to still see a movie on the big screen.
Unlike SOME theaters, they were happy that I took some photos of their progress.
If you enjoy “art-deco” theaters, then cough-up your bucks and buy a ticket to support a local single screen house.

uncleal on April 14, 2007 at 7:58 am

Thanks, LM….. I still have family in Eureka, but don’t make it up there as often as I’d like to. It’s nice to see that the Theatre is starting to come around. I spent a LOT of afternoons and evenings at that place growing up.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 14, 2007 at 7:12 am

This is a 2007 photo of the Eureka Theater.

uncleal on March 7, 2007 at 6:36 pm

For the person that said that the theater is not an Art Deco style, I disagree. In 1993, the Eureka Theater received an ADSC (Art Deco Society of California) Preservation Award.

In April 2003, Bob Rickard received an ADSC Certificate of Appreciation for leading the effort to restore and preserve the Eureka Theater.

The ADSC’s Preservation Awards honor those who have helped preserve and restore buildings and memorabilia from the Art Deco era, which flourished from the 1920’s through the early 1940’s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Here is a website that names William B. David as the architect of the Eureka Theater.

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2007 at 6:26 pm

There was a full page ad in the 6-28-52 edition of the Humboldt Standard celebrating George Mann week for his 35 years in Eureka. Full staff lists are given for the Eureka, State, Rialto, Midway Drive-In, Fortuna and Arcata. I won’t copy all the names here, but if someone is looking for an usher or candy girl around that time, let me know and I will look it up.

valvann on February 14, 2007 at 10:26 am

Can someone tell me what is the basis for attributing this theatre to William B. David? Is there some kind of documentary evidence, such as plans on file at the City of Eureka building department or a newspaper article from the time it was built?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2006 at 7:55 am

Here is another photo of the Eureka Theater.

suninmyhair on May 29, 2006 at 1:38 am

Hiya Folks!!
I worked around the corner from this lovely for about 5 years enduring all the parking tickets hahahaa….I am glad that the work continues on the old theater… it was neeto to be in the back alley and see the likes of Merle Haggard pull up in his tour bus and later come out to take a smoke umm i mean a breather lololol….anyway I am glad that the old gal is being used again…I do believe its been 5 years since they started holding the Dixyland Jazz festival activities there… and the occasional movie. I think there was a mistake earlier when someone said the movie closed in 1987 though… I saw Silence of the Lambs in 1991 for sure at this theater…I have to admit the theater had seen better days but it was open. I hope people continue to love it and take care of it….we have another theater just outside of Eureka that is just rotting away….its more modern than the Eureka theater…seems such a waste to have it just sitting there.

KenRoe on March 14, 2006 at 10:17 am

An exterior photograph of the Eureka Theatre here: