Willow Glen Theatre
1360 Lincoln Avenue,
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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.
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