West Side Theatre
1331 Main Street,
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Opened as the Newman Theatre in 1940 with seating for 685, mainstream movies were shown for 40 years before devoting its last days to Spanish-language films.
The theatre was converted to a roller skating rink in 1984 but soon fell into disrepair.
In 1996, the city of Newman took over the property and a non-profit organization — the West Side Theatre Foundation — was formed. Using volunteers and donations, the road to refurbishment began.
Today the exterior is exactly like it was during its golden years, down to the tile and glass ticket booth. The conventional row seating in the auditorium has been removed in favor of cabaret seating, accommodating 200.
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