Port Chicago Theatre

301 Main Street,
Port Chicago, CA 94520

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Blue Star Theatre

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Opened as the Liberty Star Theatre in 1918. Port Chicago is mostly known today for being the site of a devastating explosion on July 14, 1944 at a pier where ammunition was being loaded aboard ships heading to the war in the Pacific. 320 sailors and civilians, mostly African-Americans, were killed, and over 400 injured.

The explosion rocked the entire town, and caused heavy damage, including the partial collapse of the Port Chicago Theatre. The theater was later rebuilt and reopened and continued to operate for a number of years.

In 1968, the federal government purchased the town of Port Chicago, which was completely razed to create a "safety zone" around the weapons station loading docks.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on December 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

The Port Chicago Theatre also went by the names Blue Star Theatre and the Angeles Theatre.

DavidZornig on May 3, 2015 at 11:05 am

1969 photo added copyright and courtesy of SoxPhotos via eBay.

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