Court Theatre

1416 C Street,
Livingston, CA 95334

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Not to be confused with another Court Theatre located at 620 Third Street, this earlier Court Theatre was built by Albert Court and opened around 1917. The Court Theatre was destroyed by fire, possibly in the 1940s.

Any additional information is welcome.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2008 at 10:08 am

The seat count of 200 comes from a 1930 Film Daily Yearbook. In 1940 and 1945, a Court Theater is listed for Livingston, California with 350 seats. The higher seat count might be for this theater but I’m not positive. In 1950, a 535 seat Court Theater is listed for Livingston with a location of 3rd & C Streets which would be the newer Court Theater at 620 Third Street.

A 1026 ad for the Court Theater can be seen here.

TreesaCourt
TreesaCourt on October 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

Lost Memory,
Great idea to have both Court Theaters listed. I have a picture of Albert Court standing outside one of the Court Theaters and from the movie poster he is standing by it may of been the original Court Theater he built. Is there anyone out there that has a picture of the original Court Theater?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2008 at 10:48 am

It becomes confusing when your reading comments on the same page about two different theaters. This is simpler. Can you read the title of the movie on the poster?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2008 at 10:51 am

In my first comment, it should read “A 1926 ad”. 1026 ads are very difficult to find. :)

rogercourt
rogercourt on November 2, 2008 at 1:49 pm

The two films advertised on posters visible in the photograph of Albert Court are as follows:to his right The Cheat(1923) starring Pola Negri,directed by George Fitzmaurice. This movie was a remake of a 1915 silent movie starring Fannie Ward and directed by Cecil B de Millle. Behind hiom is a poster advetisin Dressmaker from Paris starring Ernest Torrence,Allan Forrest and Mildred Harris. This movie was produced by Cecil B de Mille and has a screen story by Howard Hawks. All information obtained from web sites.
Lost memory, please look at my latest posting on the other Court Theater site. Thanks Roger Court

TreesaCourt
TreesaCourt on November 3, 2008 at 11:48 am

Hello, the movie Dressmaker from Paris is from 1925

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2009 at 11:12 pm

The May 18, 1946 issue of Boxoffice Magazine gives the date of the fire which destroyed this theater as July 12, 1945. An earlier mention of the fire in the July 21, 1945, issue of Boxoffice calls it the Livingston Theatre, at Livingston, operated by Stanly Court. A few even earlier issues of Boxoffice also call it the Livingston Theatre. That have been the name of the house during the early 1940s, or the copy writer at Boxoffice might have just been careless. Local newspaper ads or a directory listing for the theater during that period could provide an answer, if somebody has access to either.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Oh, “That might have been the name….”

Clearly, I’m careless enough to have been a copy writer at Boxoffice Magazine myself.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 28, 2009 at 5:04 am

I don’t know Joe. The only theater that I can find listed for Livingston during that time period is the Court Theater. Sometimes Boxoffice Magazine uses the name of the town for the theater instead of the actual theater name.

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