810 S. Main Street,
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Miller’s California Theatre opened on December 24, 1918 with Douglas Fairbanks in “Arizona”. It was equipped with Robert Morton 3 manual organ which was opened by organist Ray Hastings. It was initially a movies & vaudeville house. The balcony was reached by a ramp rather than conventional stairs. 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. In 1920 a $50,000 Wurlitzer organ was installed.
By 1950 the California Theatre had become 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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