Mystic Theatre

23 Petaluma Boulevard North,
Petaluma, CA 94952

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MYSTIC Theatre; Petaluma, California.

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Originally built in 1911 and opened January 25, 1912, this former movie theatre is now a venue for live music.

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GaryParks
GaryParks on August 16, 2007 at 5:09 am

This theatre was also called the State, at one point. It was the Plaza when I photographed the exterior in 1984. My photo shows it playing a double feature of “Kagemusha,” and “Throne of Blood.” A year or two later, it had been renamed Palace. By the late 1990s, it had been renamed McNear’s Mystic.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 9, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Here is an undated photo of the State:
http://tinyurl.com/ynpqkc

jwilcox
jwilcox on January 12, 2009 at 7:16 am

Very nostalgic at finding this link. I was the projectionist at the then State Theatre from sometime in 1968 until January 1970. Alan Finlay was the owner.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

There is a brief shot of the State Theater in the background, in a scene in “American Graffiti”. I believe it is when Milner pulls up to save Toad during a beating by the car thieves who stole the `58 Impala. Also when Milner returns to his own car.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

A few 2011 photo can be seen here and here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

The April, 1913, issue of a regional magazine called The Northern Crown contains an advertisement for the Mystic Theatre. No address is given, but assuming it was the same house as the current Mystic Theatre, it has gone back to what was probably its original name.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 11, 2015 at 7:37 pm

1958 photo fade. Copy & paste link.

http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/38.233165,-122.639329/id/74015/info/sv/zoom/14/

robboehm
robboehm on March 28, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Briefly seen in a current MacDonalds ad.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 15, 2018 at 1:26 am

I forgot to add that the squad car scene in “American Graffiti” was also shot in front of the then State Theatre. The lot they pull out of is still there as well. Sadly the below Movieclips version does not hold for the reaction shot of the police in their damaged car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgZTVkjQwto

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