Cinema 1 Theatre

363 Main Street,
Salinas, CA 93901

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El Rey Salinas 1945 auditorium

The El Rey was a very nice small-city deco style theater. The geometrical murals are said to have been replaced by human figures around the 50s, and these were covered with white paint by a church tenant. The blower grilles are still there.

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GaryParks on October 11, 2019 at 5:40 pm

The patterns shown in this photo are original. In the late 40s, the auditorium was repainted much more simply. Tones of light tan and very pale green were painted over most surfaces, with gold stripe accents just along the edges of the sculpted streamlined curves on the pilasters. The ventilation grilles—originally covered in aluminum leaf, were painted the antique gold most people remember. A section of the silver has just been uncovered today as I’m writing this. The large flat side bays—where the stepped patterns are in the photo, were painted with the tropical women and foliage others have mentioned in comments.

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