Orinda Theatre

Moraga Way and Brookwood Road,
Orinda, CA 94563

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Orinda Theatre

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The Orinda Theatre opened on December 27, 1941 with William Holden in “Texas”. The theatre was built for and operated by Donald Rheem.

Slated for demolition in 1984, it was saved through the efforts of preservationists and reopened in 1989 as the center of the Theater Square Project — a retail/entertainment redevelopment project.

Two extra screens have been constructed within adjoining retail space, leaving the original screen intact.

Contributed by Jeremy Sanford

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movietheatres
movietheatres on June 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

The operation of the Orinda Theatre was taken over from Renaissance Rialto on May 8, 2009 by the group currently operating the neighboring Rheem Theatre in Moraga, CA. The new operators let about 80% of the staff go and also locked out the Union Projectionists.

For years RR said they couldn’t pop fresh popcorn at the theatre, and the new operators had a popcorn popper in place within 2 weeks of taking over. RR raised the General Admission ticket price to $10 while their largest and most lovely auditorium still lacks cupholders on the seats to this day. On the flip side, the new operators are just booking the same commerical first run films they have at the Rheem right up the road. I don’t understand why they are doubling up the same films right down the street from eachother, there aren’t that many people there. Its feeling like an election, you know the old guy sucked, but the new guy also sucks, just in different ways. Best of luck to the theatre, the real victim in all of this.

mcmikecroaro
mcmikecroaro on July 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Hi Folks:

My understanding is that the hot greasy steam from a popcorn machine could potentialy damage the ceiling murial in the lobby. This is what I was told and it seems to make sense.

This was an EXCELLENT theatre under Renaissance Rialto / Alan Michaan. It’s hard for me to believe anyone would think otherwise.

Mike

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on April 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

It is now the only theater left after the Rheem in nearby Moraga closes for good after tonight’s performances. My concern is will this theater be next??

darquil
darquil on May 24, 2010 at 1:55 am

Seating capacity, per posted sign at box office:
1 – 750
2 – 178
3 – 47
Total seats: 975

darquil
darquil on May 27, 2010 at 12:44 am

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

The address should be 2 Orinda Theater Square.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

paulvideo
paulvideo on April 6, 2015 at 4:40 am

Very nice. I lhave seen a long shot on fb of the lobby-excellent.

jordanlage
jordanlage on July 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

I remember seeing a double feature of AGAINST ALL ODDS and MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON here in… 1984. Preferred the Bridges film. A recent visit to the theater (July 2017) finds it still beautifully kept up.

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