128 North Broadway,
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The Modesto Bee said in 1946 that this was Turlock’s “first show house of any consequence”.
Bee archives show that this silent film house was opened on July 4, 1909 by Charles Johnson in the Idaho building.
The 400 steel framed seats with arm rests were shipped from San Francisco for its opening.
It was destroyed by fire on June 22, 1915. The Fresno Bee said in September of 1915 that the theater moved its operations into the old opera house while a new Wonderland was being constructed. No evidence can be found of a new Wonderland being built after the fire, but for a few years after the fire, a Turlock Theatre, address unknown, often placed ads in the Modesto Bee. It took about five years but finally on April 15, 1920, Dick Arakelian opened the New Turlock Theatre near the same address.
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