California Theatre

5741 Dunsmuir Avenue,
Dunsmuir, CA 96025

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DonaldKirk
DonaldKirk on February 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Brian: If you are still working on the theatre, I was the media manager in 2005, during the brief live-stage reopening. I need to talk with you! Don Kirk

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm

From 1954 a view of Dunsmuir Avenue including the California Theatre in Dunsmuir.

keithrankin70
keithrankin70 on August 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I delivered film to that theater for many years. never forget falling on my butt when getting out of the truck in the winter, and then over the hill tom meet the manager from tule lake. Always stoped at Sweet Briar exit and went home with a nice limit of Rainbow's
Good memmories. hope it is a good as it used to be after those knot heads spilled chemicals in it.
The 50s and 60s were good old days

bryantaylor
bryantaylor on July 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Greetings, I am now working on the restoration of the California in Dunsmuir. we are trying to reopen it with a new flare including community arts, plays, etc. We are interested in gathering volunteers for this project. We decided to do this without money exchange for the benefit of the town. Any comments or ideas would be greatly appreciated. We are also selling some of the vintage seating in the theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

This is another 1986 photo.

Holli4949
Holli4949 on October 27, 2008 at 5:42 am

I lived in Dunsmuir as a child and managed this movie theater when I was 18 years old. I can tell you the ghosts there are VERY real. :)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 10:42 am

A September 2008 photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 15, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Here is a July 2008 close-up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2008 at 10:15 am

This is a more recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 21, 2008 at 11:54 am

Another recent photo can be seen here.

jrhine
jrhine on December 30, 2007 at 7:29 am

According to theatreorgans.com, the California Theater has its original organ back.

WurliTzer Opus 1232
STATUS INST LOCATION CITY STATE COUNTRY
SD A CALIFORNIA TH DUNSMUIR CA USA
SD B JOHN LEININGER RS REDDING CA USA
SD C VERN GREGORY SAN FRANCISCO CA USA
AD CA +6 RANKS (SMITH) SAN FRANCISCO CA USA
SD D FRED BEEKS RS RENO NV USA
SD E FRED BEEKS RS SKAGWAY AK USA
OK F CALIFORNIA TH DUNSMUIR CA USA

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 26, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Having visited Dunsmuir on several occasions, my wife and I were very much impressed with this charming city. We were kindly afforded a memorable tour of the theater, of which, has remained with us.

Presently living in the greater Los Angeles area, I have run aground in trying to find a theater in which to offer the benefits of my past cinema/theater experiences, both professionally and volunteer in England, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Should owners of the California Theatre contemplate reopening soon, then we are prepared to relocate if anyone wishes to contact me at

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 29, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Here is a recent photo showing the California Theater.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 26, 2007 at 7:41 am

Are there any new developments with the California Theatre regarding its recent restoration, closure and sale and is it still a tri-plex?
I’m very curious!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 8, 2006 at 11:51 am

Here is a close-up photo of the California Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2006 at 3:25 am

This is another photo of the California Theater.

MilesRichmond
MilesRichmond on June 16, 2006 at 8:01 pm

How sad and disappointing it is to think how hard the young people worked to put Dunsmuir on the map and then some of the people in Dunsmuir are so small minded not to see a good thing right in front of them. There is no doubt in my mind that it can be a success.
There was a lot of work done and I hope it can be saved. Miles Richmond

DonLKirk
DonLKirk on June 16, 2006 at 6:08 pm

To Clarify. Mr. Naify does not now own the CA Theatre. He was great to us; helping us reopen it and he donated the two original backdrops, from when the theater first opened in the 1920’s.

DonLKirk
DonLKirk on June 16, 2006 at 5:52 pm

The California is again closed. Apparantly a number of local citizens do not like the building’s owner; and they told us that unless we bought the place from him, they would not attend. While I never heard or saw the ghosts, several are rumored to live there. I’m President of the American Theatre Development Corporation; and we will soon see if we can purchase the CA. BTW… It’s 3 stories; and my office was 3 flights up in the old Mason’s office; with no elevator to help me get there. We’d like help getting ownership of it. funds/volunteers, etc. It’s partly refurbished; and we would like to restore it (and add an elevator) Don L. Kirk

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2006 at 8:33 am

Here is a color photo of the California Theater.

rroberts
rroberts on January 1, 2006 at 7:23 am

Any idea of what is happening in this great theatre?