California Theatre of Performing Arts
562 W. 4th Street,
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San Bernardino Symphony (Official), California Theatre - San Bernardino (Official)
Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Architects: John Paxton Perrine
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: California Theatre, Fox California Theatre
News About This Theater
- May 5, 2010 — San Bernardino looking for operator for 20 screen multiplex
- Sep 6, 2006 — San Bernardino California Theatre
The California Theatre was opened by West Coast Theatres on August 15, 1928, with Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel” on the screen and a Fanchon & Marco ‘Idea’ “Monkey Shines Idea” starring Charlie Chase on the stage. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual/10 ranks, Model 216 theatre organ. Taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres, it later turned into a performing arts theatre. The Wurlitzer organ is still in the building but has had little use in recent years.
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Four June 2009 photographs I took of the Fox California:
Building: View link
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Ticket booth: View link
Here is a night shot:
Here is another photo:
An article about the theater: http://www.sgvtribune.com/living/ci_14906538
Stage Dimensions: 48" wide x 30' deep.
The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to verify a late 1936 appearance at the Fox California of the Three Stooges at a Salvation Army benefit, which featured Martha Raye, Leo Carillo, Bob Burns, along with the Three Stooges. Would like to verify the exact date(s) and any other information. My email is: Thanks, Frank Reighter
What is the status of the Wurlitzer organ in this theatre? I just noticed that the theatre does not appear on the ATOS listing of organs in theatres.
August 15th, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section
Per the Vintage St. Louis & Route 66 Facebook page. “Will Rogers made his last public appearance at the California Theatre in San Bernardino on June 28, 1935 at a benefit for the Salvation Army.”
The California was used extensively in the TV series “Psych” season 7 episode 15, Psych the Musical from 2013. There are numerous,long shots of both the exterior and interior throughout the episode.