Fine Arts Theater
429 S. California Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Renaissance Rialto
Architects: Gale Santocono
Previous Names: Mayfield Theater, Cardinal Theater
Originally named for a small community, Mayfield, which was later annexed to Palo Alto. The Mayfield Theater was originally a simple Spanish Mission style structure, but was given a plain Moderne style façade and marquee in 1951. It was still listed as the Mayfield Theater in the 1957 edition of Film Daily Yearbook. Following renovations in spring of 1951 it was renamed Cardinal Theater. The last chain to operate it was Renaissance Rialto as the Fine Arts Theater.
Closed in the late-1980’s, the building is now an oriental rug gallery, though conversion back to a theater would be relatively easy. The marquee still reads Fine Arts in neon, and the original façade still exists in part behind the 1950’s era fascia.
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