810 S. Main Street,
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Miller’s California Theatre opened on December 24, 1918. By November 1919, it had been leased by Samuel Goldwyn to showcase his films and he hired S.L. Rothaphel of New York, later to become famous as ‘Roxy’, to manage the theatre. He made many ‘improvements’ to both the interior and exterior of the theatre. By 1927 a $50,000 Wultitzer organ had been installed and it was presenting movies & vaudeville.
In later years the California Theatre became a Spanish language movie theatre and ended its cinematic days as an adult theatre, part of the Pussycat Theatres chain. It closed as a Pussycat Theatre in January 1988. It had one last gasp of respectability when on June 24, 1990 two Harold Lloyd silent films “Hot Water” & “For Heaven’s Sake” were screened, accompanied by Gaylord Carter on the Wurlitzer organ.
It was demolished soon after.
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