Los Gatos Theatre

41 Santa Cruz Avenue,
Los Gatos, CA 95030

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theatrix on February 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Observing the construction progress on this building, I do think they did a fine job with the rebuild. As Gary noted they did good work of incorporating the old neon signage, along with replicating historic elements. It is all quite visually appealing. Once they iron out the programming and find their niche, I have no doubt the theatre will see plenty of business.

GaryParks on January 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I would have to respectfully disagree with the above comment that “no significant preservation took place,” as preserving the vertical neon sign and incorporating elements from the old marquee onto the new are indeed significant. Also, the streamlined walls which house the poster cases have been exactly duplicated to match the configuration from the 1940s. But I will agree that what is on the site is essentially a brand new theatre, not a restored one.

theatrix on January 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Those who have referred to the current work on this property as a “remodel” are incorrect. There was no remodel. The original theater was DEMOLISHED. As a previous commenter said: the ONLY original thing remaining of this theater is the marquee. That’s it. They COMPLETELY GUTTED the original property, down to the walls; I witnessed this by peering through a hole in the construction barrier at the front. A bit sad. So for all practical purposes, whatever you eventually see on the site (save for the marquee) is simply a new theater. Better than no theater at all of course, but no significant preservation took place.

GaryParks on October 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I’m happy to say that the facade of the Los Gatos, as it’s shaping up, is on its way to actually being an improvement upon what was there before the current remodel began. The massing and proportions are well-balanced. The two porthole windows—which at first I thought might look hokey—are actually quite nice, and the new marquee structure, which actually will have a small porch on top, is neither overwhelming nor too small. Once the stucco and paint is applied, and the restored vertical sign and marquee “fins” mounted, the effect is, I believe, going to be excellent.

GaryParks on March 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The interior is almost entirely gutted down to the wood frame. The marquee and vertical sign have been removed for off-site refurbishing.

rivest266 on December 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Closed. but will reopen in 2013 official web is at http://www.losgatostheater.com

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Lost Memory on July 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Here is a recent night photo.

GaryParks on July 2, 2009 at 12:54 am

Regarding Joe Vogel’s assumption based on a 1974 comment made by William David in Box Office magazine: The Los Gatos was not twinned at that time. I attended there several times in 1989, and the auditorium was a single. The sidewalls had their original plasterwork—frames, moldings, medallions—from the Teens. There was a dropped ceiling of perforated acoustical tile, which was plainly hiding further ornament above it, as you could see some plaster pendant elements hanging down below the ceiling tile line on the sidewall pilasters. The proscenium and angled walls flanking it were of 1940s vintage, plain and streamlined, with the abovementioned maiden figures painted on them, these being the only historic interior decorative elements visible today.
The twinning was done after the Oct 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake closed the theatre for repairs and remodeling.

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm

That’s where the aka of Strand came from when they added the theater. Premier should also be added.

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Lost Memory on July 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm

So the Strand was at the same location as this theater. If that’s the case then posting the photo makes sense. Otherwise you could have added the Strand.

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm

So the Strand building, constructed in 1916, was burned in the 1929 fire but not destroyed. It was renovated and became the Premier. At some later date the name was changed from Premier to Los Gatos.

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Lost Memory on July 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I don’t mind waiting.

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Here is a 1935 view of the Premier:

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Lost Memory on July 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Still doesn’t answer the question.

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

This is a 1944 photo. It looks like the earlier Strand was re-opened as the Premier after a fire in 1929, but then later became the Los Gatos listed here. The Premier was mentioned as an aka by Gary Parks on 9/21/08.

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Lost Memory on July 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm

What does that have to do with this theater?

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Here is an earlier Strand in Los Gatos, circa 1920s:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 10, 2009 at 2:47 am

The most recent reference to a Premier Theatre in Los Gatos I can find is an item in Boxoffice Magazine, November 20, 1937.

Items from various issues of Boxoffice in late 1950 mention the Los Gatos Theatre celebrating its ninth anniversary. Apparently, this house was part of a small circuit operated by A. Blanco, taken over by partners William B. David and Bruno Vecchiarelli in 1941, according to an item in the September 13 issue of Boxoffice that year. The name change to Los Gatos must have been made about the time David and Vecchiarelli took over the house.

William B. David was still the owner of the Los Gatos in 1974. The September 9 issue of Boxoffice that year ran an item headed “Los Gatos Reconstruction Expected to Start Soon”, relating that the Los Gatos Theatre had been damaged by a fire which had spread to its attic from an adjoining building. The building suffered water damage as well. David was quoted as saying “It looks as though there will be two theaters instead of one.” Thus 1974 is the likely date of the twinning of the Los Gatos.

The article doesn’t mention it, but I’d surmise that David did the design for the reconstruction and remodeling himself, as he was the designer of many Northern California movie houses.

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Lost Memory on January 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Address on the Camera Cinemas website is 41 North Santa Cruz Avenue.

GaryParks on September 21, 2008 at 6:08 pm

This theater was earlier known at the Premier, a name which it still had by 1930. I long ago discovered one reference to its original name being Strand. During the silent era, it was equipped with a photoplayer instrument. I do not know the brand or type.

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Lost Memory on January 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Another photo of the Los Gatos Theater can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on October 27, 2007 at 1:27 pm

This is a recent night view.

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Lost Memory on August 28, 2007 at 10:16 pm

A more recent photo of the Los Gatos Theater can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on May 30, 2007 at 7:25 pm

This is a 2007 photo of the Los Gatos Theater.