Willow Glen Theatre

1360 Lincoln Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95125

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San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood was originally its own separate community, and has always had what feels like its own downtown. In this neighborhood was built San Jose’s second-ever neighborhood theater, the Willow Glen Theatre, designed by Binder and Curtis and opened in 1932.

Operation of the theatre was taken over by General Theatrical in 1944. After a brief name-change to the Vogue Theatre, the theatre closed shortly after the much larger Garden Theatre—also run by General Theatrical—opened in 1949.

The Willow Glen Theatre/Vogue Theatre was shortly thereafter converted to retail, and only a concrete protrusion on the rear wall where the screen and speakers were housed, flanked by two sets of exit doors, give evidence of the little buildings' original use.

Contributed by Gary Parks

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Ksitew on June 17, 2009 at 6:50 am

Went to many a Saturday matinee here. Double features, cartoons, series, previews and news, especially war news. Only a dime and sometimes just a can of food for the Red Cross. March of Dimes cans passed in the dark. After the movie, it was across the street to Towners. He made great ice cream.

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