Mt. Lassen Theatre

200 Main Street,
Chester, CA 96020

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dallasmovietheaters on October 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

200 Main Street was the address of this Chester Theatre. The new theatre was built and launched in January of 1949. The Chester had a long run. Under new owners in 1981, it became the Chester Theatre and Video Store. It only showed films on weekends during much of its run as a video operation. It was renamed Chester Video in 1986 and appears to have dropped the showing of films. The auditorium was used as a church from that point forward. The Chester Video operation appears to have gone out of business in 2000 continuing as Chester Christian Fellowship Church until 2013.

The building got a major renovation to return to cinematic glory and return as a church, as well. The theatre re-opened as the Mt. Lassen Theatre (and Church) in 2018. Its website is:

The first Chester Theatre was destroyed by fire on December 20, 1947. The Chester the second of three major theater fires in the ares in just a year along with the Greenville and Quincy theatres. That theatre, also on Main Street, dated back to the silent era in the 1920s.

sixfinger on May 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Once known as the Cheppar T. Macker. Spelling negotiable…

kencmcintyre on July 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm

This is from Boxoffice in January 1948:

CHESTER, CALIF.-On the eve of closing for remodeling, the Chester Theater was severely damaged by fire. Ed Blair, owner, said the loss of about $20,000 was only partially covered by insurance. Mr. and Mrs. Blair, whose home was in the rear of the theater, lost all their personal belongings.