Orinda Theatre

2 Orinda Theater Square,
Orinda, CA 94563

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Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

DonSolosan on August 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

The address should be 2 Orinda Theater Square.

darquil on May 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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

darquil on May 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

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

scottfavareille on April 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

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??

mcmikecroaro on July 5, 2009 at 7:25 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.


movietheatres on June 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Another photo of the Orinda can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm

This is the Orinda in 2009.

DavidZornig on November 16, 2008 at 9:38 pm

The Orinda marquee was briefly seen in a recent episode/montage of “Snapped”.
Utilizing the marquee’s in the various hometown’s of profiled murderesses, seems to be a pattern of “Snapped” producers/editors.
Especially when said theatre’s share the same names as the towns.

kencmcintyre on September 28, 2007 at 6:41 am

Here is a september 1967 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 15, 2007 at 10:23 am

A recent night view of the Orinda Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 11, 2007 at 8:32 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982

Orinda Theatre and American Trust Bank Building (added 1982 – Building – #82004979)
Also known as Orinda Theatre & Wells Fargo Bank
10—20 Moraga Way, Orinda
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Heinsbergen,Anthony, Cantin,Alexander Aimwell
Architectural Style: Moderne, Other
Area of Significance: Architecture, Art
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 22, 2006 at 1:06 pm

This is a recent interior view of the Orinda Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Here is a photo of the Orinda Theater marquee and sign.

gsmurph on January 23, 2006 at 8:23 am

Once more—-Orinda should be listed as a “Triplex” and its seating capacity adjusted to include that of the two additional cinemas.

scottfavareille on September 19, 2005 at 11:07 am

According to today’s San Francisco Chronicle, in an article about the closing of the Park Theater in Lafayette (also operated by Renaissance Rialto), it mentions that Rialto may give up on the Orinda when its lease is up a year from now. Not good news. (The Park Theater listing on Cinema Treasures has a link to the article.)

jfrentzen on May 10, 2005 at 7:55 pm

I grew up in Orinda in the late 1960s and 1970s, so this was my primary movie cavern. At the time, the theater was growing a bit “long in the tooth” but the auditorium was very magical. It sounds as though the restoration was successful. The place really was starting to fall apart, but it was an enchanting plan to escape for this youngster and it became an integral part of growing up.

gsmurph on April 27, 2005 at 9:51 am

Though the Orinda was not physically split in the process of adding the two additional screens, it should probably be considered a “Triplex” and its seating capacity adjusted accordingly.

teecee on April 2, 2005 at 6:44 am

Evening photo of marquee:
View link

teecee on March 3, 2005 at 1:24 pm

Jan 17, 2003 article from the San Franciso chronicle:
View link

aipo on February 15, 2005 at 2:49 pm

I grew up in Orindaâ€"and hated it, try being one of the lone Jews among the WASPS in the 70s, but at the theater, staring at the walls painted with long-haired women, soaring upwards against blue and stars… I could forget for awhile.