Encore Theatre

1157 California Drive,
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Encore Theater© Burlingame CA...Don Lewis

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The Broadway Theatre was opened March 21, 1930. It was renamed Encore Theatre in April 1965 and closed in 1972. It became a church. The outside of this theatre gave no indication of what was on the inside. For years this theatre lay dormant while a man known as ‘The Rev’ worked inside restoring this old structure. It was a wonderful theatre with red carpets, a mural of the daytime sky on the celing, and angels looking down from their perches high above the floor.

Despite its adornments, one thing this theatre lacked was luck. The city of Burlingame deemed it unsafe and condemed the Encore Theatre saying it would not survive a earthquake. Despite its supposedly flimsy construction, it took the city a full three days to demolish the building in 1998.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 4, 2006 at 5:38 am

My photograph of the ENCORE View link

larrygoldsmith on September 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Does anyone remember when Ward Stoopes owned and operated this theatre?? I’m sure he was the last operator of this wonderful little showhouse.

tarantex on September 12, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Larry, it was 1968 he was the last operater there

larrygoldsmith on March 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Ward was still trying to hang in there with the Encore in the early 70’s while he was in the maint. dept. with National General/Mann Theatres. It would seem he finally closed it around 72 or 73. It never reopened after that.

Johnny_B on June 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Greetings Larry! I knew Ward F. Stoopes. Worked for him 7.5 years (1965-1972)first as janitor, candy counter sales and eventually became the projectionist when I was only 13 years old! Many stories/memories @ the old Encore. Hope connecting with you. John Baldini

larrygoldsmith on June 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

John……Your name rings a bell from my past. Contact me direct at .

OCRon on January 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm

The address was 1157 California Drive
AKA Broadway Theatre FDYB 1951 867 Seats

According to the San Mateo Times, the Broadway opened March 21, 1930. It became the Encore Theatre in April 1965. “The Encore continued operation until it closed in 1972. In 1994, the building housed the American Gnostic Church, until the structure met the wrecking ball in 1998.”

Now site of First Republic Bank

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