Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue,
Coronado, CA 92118

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ajtarantex on April 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

i figured that out by looking at there website

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on March 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Yeah, they’re open and doing well. Vintage just doesn’t update their website.

ajtarantex on March 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

i don’t think there still open, there website says coming in 2011 , that’s gone! lol and there are no features or showtimes for this location

JohnMessick on December 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Flix70 great pictures of the Village…Thanks for posting them.

Flix70 on December 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Visited Coronado yesterday and drove by the Village: still no show times listed on the marquee. Couldn’t see any of the ones posted on the box office from the street.

Flix70 on July 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Took a tour of the newly remodeled Village Theatre yesterday. I never saw it prior to the renovation but was quite impressed with its current status. A nice, big vintage concession stand greets you as you walk in and an inviting Art Deco lobby runs the length of the structure, beckoning you toward the the three theaters in the back. The one theater I was able to peek in, maybe the larger one as it appeared to have more than 45 seats, was beautiful: red-velvet, high-back chairs arranged in a semi-circle around the screen, a grand red curtain protecting its secrets; neon, three-dimensional murals depicting Coronado treasures like the Hotel Del adorned each of the side walls. Made me want to run back for a bag of pocorn and stay for the flick. The only visable complaint would be the marquee. It’s digital and while beautiful too, it doesn’t provide showtimes, just graphics on the three films. To see what time something is playing, you have to physically go up to the box office where the times are posted on a small sheet of paper. Kind of frustrating when there’s really no place for a quick stop on busy Orange Ave.
Overall, though, the Village is a theater worthy of your time and something the people of Coronado should be very proud of. (I’ve posted six pics for your viewing pleasure.)

RobertAlex on June 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This looks amazing, I think I need to road trip to Coronado soon.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on June 28, 2011 at 1:26 am

They really went all out with the murals ala the Majestic (ermm… Bigfoot) Crest.

BRADE48 on June 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Beautiful theatre. Too bad they had to chop it up. The Los Feliz was ruined by multiplexing.

robertsonjones on June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

All I want is to be able to go online and find out what’s playing and at what time, without all the rest of the commentary and marketing. What is the easiest way to do that?

socal09 on June 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Today’s LATimes article about the Village Theatre reopening.

CSWalczak on June 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

The Village Theatre will reopen to the public as a triplex on June 24, 2011:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

thanks for the great pictures.Hope someone was smart enough to save the one-sheets and pressbooks!

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on January 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

This has several pictures of the completely rundown theater inside before renovations: View link

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

How about some INTERIOR photos… both historic and during the restoration… pretty PLEASE ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 21, 2010 at 5:32 am

Fred Hyde and Associates opened their Village Theatre on March 18, 1947, as reported in Boxoffice of April 5. An older theater in town, called the Coronado, was in operation at least as late as 1953. on February 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Here’s the latest on the theatre’s restoration:
View link

lvrglenn on January 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I have fond memories of visiting my cousins who lived on Coronado during the 60’s which included seeing movies at the Village Theater. The last time I saw a film there was on a weekend trip with my husband in 1997 when we had to pick through the seats to find ones where the stuffing wasn’t bursting from the upholstery. It was sad to see the theater in such bad shape. I am happy to hear of the plans for renovation of the theater. I would hope if saving the Village actually comes to pass this will be a restoration that will preserve the historic character of the theater – such as that recently completed of the Art Theatre in Long Beach CA. It’s a great little theater, I would hate to see it erased of it’s past.

THEATRES on December 4, 2008 at 12:49 am

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thanks for the Reviews and Feeback on the Village Theatre Coronado.
We operate the Vista Theatre and Los Feliz Cinemas in Los Angeles and have recently executed an agreement to renovate and operate the Village Theatre for a potential opening Christmas 2009 but no later than summer 2010.

We have retained Joseph Musil as the Designer for the revamped facility which will boast one large auditorium and 2 luxurious screening room. Mr. Musil some of you may know was the Designer on the Sensational El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood as well as others. He was our first and only choice for the Village Project. As the deal has only recently been signed, many details are being worked through and the final plans have not been made. When they are, we will log our report and progress through Cinema Treasures. We are very excited about the project and will make the Village a destination for the Islanders and hopefully those across the San Diego pond!

Lance Alspaugh
Five Star Theatres inc.

rjf on April 16, 2008 at 11:33 pm

There are quite a few photos on this website, even a small interior shot of the lobby.

muckandmyer on January 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

I really enjoyed this theater. I used to work as a movie projectionist at military theaters while on active duty. I love old movie theaters and it would be a dream come true to restore this grand old theater. I’ve enjoyed watching movies here and would add a balcony if possible. The Siegal Brothers have owned it since the 1950’s. There was a 50’s diner/soda fountain next door where the dry cleaners are today and you could walk right into the lobby of the theater from the diner without ever going outside. I once spoke with some folks at city hall and was told it would cost quite a bit to get it ADA compliant. I used to know the owner of the UPS store in the building and got a look inside once and it was in pretty bad shape. I always joke with my wife and say if I ever win the lotto that’s the first thing I’ll buy!

rjf on January 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

John Siegel and Robert Siegel own/owned many such theaters all over California, I am not sure if John is still living or not, but, Robert was thinking of selling in 2005, I am not sure what happened. I am sure the property will sell in the not too distant future, these 2 brothers would have to be very elderly currently if still living and once they both pass I am sure family members will sell off some of their holdings, however, I would never want the city to seize anything, they should never have such power, next they would seize houses on 1st street for hotels, etc., it would be ridiculous.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm

With present public interest in the theater I strongly suggest that City Hall seize the place for its own protection before it’s too late and beyond reasonable repair.

The owner is a greedy, selfish old man who is depriving the locals and visitors of their unique island cinema.

By reopening the Village, this will bring further trade for the local shops and eateries. The City will further receive additional taxes and parking meter income.

renduy on July 31, 2007 at 5:47 pm

The theater is owned by a curmudgeonly old man who has no interest in starting the theater up again. He owns the theater front and straight back; this does not include the L shape off to the left which includes most of the seats and the screen. His lease for all that ends in nineteen years! He rents out the storefronts to the buildings making loads of money so he has no interest in getting the theater going. Sadly the theater is not for sale and there is no eminent domain law that will allow the city to take the theater from him.

Contact the city of Coronado for more info including the old man’s name and phone number. Warning, he’s grumpy and doesn’t live near Coronado any more. Sad, as he’s almost 80 and has been in the movie business all his life. This is NOT posted by anyone working for the government, just another theater lover.