Needles Theatre

823 Broadway,
Needles, CA 92363

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Needles Theatre

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The Needles Theatre opened in 1929 as a Masonic Temple and was later converted into a movie house. The theatre operated continuously until it was badly damaged by fire in the early 1990’s. It has been closed ever since.

The Needles Area Chamber of Commerce, which purchased the building from the Masons in November 1997, commenced a $4 million renovation and restoration effort in 2002.

The first project was to repaint and refinish the theatre’s facade.

The NACC is currently looking for any historical records, documents, photographs, etc. which could help in their bid to place the theater on the National Registry of Historic Places.

If you have any information on the theatre or if you would like to donate money or your time, please contact Sue Godnick, the Executive Director of the NACC at (760) 326-2050.

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Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 1:43 am

It doesn’t appear to have changed much in 65 years, at least from the outside.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 5, 2008 at 3:41 am

This has nothing to do with drugs or sewing. Here is the Friends of the Needles theater website.

cahammoaz on September 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm

does anyone know where the blue prints are held?

contact me

Chris Hammontree


m-f 10am-1pm Arizona time

Thank You

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 1, 2009 at 2:22 am

Hi Lost Memory… I visited once in 1967 enroute to Miami from San Francisco… can’t remember what I saw.
It’s always good to see any theater photo but it’s a shame there’s a car blocking the view and other distracting “stuff” in the picture.
Personally, I like to “crop” my picture view finder by ONLY having the actual subject in the frame and nothing else; like other buildings or people walking by!

Bway on May 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm

What’s the current status of this building?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2009 at 2:50 am

Still standing Bway :)

Here is a 2009 photo.

drb on July 20, 2010 at 7:17 am

Here’s an old postcard
View link

richardg on September 22, 2010 at 4:16 am

The Needles Theatre housed a Masonic Temple in the front upper portion of the building while the theatre occupied the lower portion. Since the temple portion didn’t use the full length of the building, the theatre occupied the full height in a large portion of the building. I was informed many years ago the screen was moved forward (perhaps do to the installation of a new and larger screen?)
so that many seating rows and the original stage are actually behind the screen. Sadly, I was informed that nothing much is going at the Needles and that it is again for sale. A fire many years ago forced its closure and it never re-opened


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