Los Gatos Theatre
41 Santa Cruz Avenue,
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This theater was originally opened in 1917 as the Strand Theatre. It was designed and decorated in a combination of Arts and Crafts and Beaux-Arts style. Today, only the arched windows on the second story of the facade remain from that earlier look. Prior to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and a subsequent seismic retrofit and twinning, the auditorium sidewalls still had their original moldings and cornices visible, though the proscenium had been given a Moderne reworking, flanked by Skouras-like maidens pouring urns.
With the early-1990’s strengthening and twinning of the theater, it is only these maidens which remain to bear witness to the fact that you are indeed in an historic theater—now Santa Clara County’s oldest full-time operating movie theatre.
The facade with its neon marquee and vertical sign is still a delight, and the theater, though altered, is cozy.
The Los Gatos Theatre was closed in early-2013 for a complete refurbishment, and is due to re-open later in 2013.
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