Barstow Cinema 1 & 2

W. Main Street,
Barstow, CA 92311

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Barstow Cinema 1 & 2

The Barstow Theatre opened around 1946. In the early-1960’s, the Barstow Theatre was part of the Western Amusements chain. Twinned in 1976, it was closed in early-1988.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Probably opened in 1946, or soon after, the Barstow Theatre was located on the south side of W. Main Street (Route 66) where it curves in the block west of 1st Avenue. The house had been twinned by July, 1982, when this photo at American Classic Images was taken.

By January, 1988, the house was showing double features on both screens, as seen in this night shot from ACI. This ACI photo, dated June, 1988, shows the marquee vacant, so the house must have been closed during the first half of that year.

The site of the Barstow Theatre is now part of the very large parking lot of the New Life Foursquare Church. The church is at 134 W. Main Street, so the theater must have been right around 140-150 W. Main.

CSWalczak on May 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm

There are two pictures of the theater as a single screen operation on this webpage

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

The American Classic Images page I linked to indicated only that the Barstow Theatre had been twinned by 1982.

I notice that all the American Classic Images pages have gone missing, and the links fetch only a page requesting that the domain name registration be renewed. Does anybody know what became of the site and its operator? If it has shut down permanently, it’s going to leave a huge number of dead links all over Cinema Treasures.

Coate on June 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm

I can confirm the Barstow Cinema was twinned in 1976.

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