Encore Theater

California Drive,
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Encore TheaterĀ© Burlingame CA...Don Lewis

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The outside of this theater gave no indication of what was on the inside. For years this theater lay dormant while a man known as ‘The Rev’ worked inside restoring this old structure. It was a wonderful theater 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 theater lacked was luck. The city of Burlingame deemed it unsafe and condemed the Encore saying it whould not survive a earthquake. Despite its supposedly flimsy construction, it took the city a full three days to demolish the building.

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robertgippy
robertgippy on July 13, 2005 at 6:02 pm

The Encore, was a beautiful theatre. It was one of a kind, with a projection system that was fully automated (dimmed the lights opened the curtains) with one of the very first automated platter systems, which became a white elephant, made by Bell and Howell. I saw the movie “The Other Side Of Midnight” there. Unfortunately for the theatre, it was in a area where the ground, that became saturated by the rains, would flood the interior of the theatre. Pumping system was too expensive to maintain, and horrible mold and mildew infested the place. Rev could not keep up with the insurance. The vertical “Encore” sign had like a 1880’s saloon style look. There were train tracks nearby and the Theatre would rumble a little. Magnificent interior with gold grilles, and busts of ladies everywhere. Seating was very comfortable.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 4, 2006 at 5:38 am

My photograph of the ENCORE View link

larrygoldsmith
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
tarantex on September 12, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Larry, it was 1968 he was the last operater there

larrygoldsmith
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
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
larrygoldsmith on June 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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

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