Los Gatos Theatre
43 N. Santa Cruz Avenue,
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Located in Los Gatos, south of San Jose, CA. This theatre was originally opened in 1917 as the 400-seat 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 façade remain from that earlier look. It suffered a fire in 1929 and following a remodel it reopened as the Premier Theatre with 350-seats. It was renamed Blanco’s Los Gatos Theatre in the 1940’s and the seating capacity had been increased to 500-seats. Prior to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and a subsequent seismic retrofit and twinning, the auditorium sidewalls still had their original mouldings 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 theatre, it is only these maidens which remained to bear witness to the fact that you were indeed in an historic theatre–now Santa Clara County’s oldest full-time operating movie theatre.
The façade with its neon marquee and vertical sign is still a delight, and the theatre, though altered, is cozy.
The Los Gatos Theatre was closed in early-2013 for a complete refurbishment, and re-opened May 2, 2014.
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