Shasta Theatre

303 Central Valley Street,
Shasta Lake, CA 96019

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Shasta Theatre

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This theater was located in a boomtown created during the construction of the Shasta Dam.

It appears that the boomtown in question no longer exists.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 21, 2005 at 3:52 pm

From the UC Davis collection:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 18, 2005 at 2:20 pm

Another photo from the same source:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

The December 15, 1945, issue of Boxoffice Magazine names among the recent visitors to Film Row in San Francisco one Lesley Pancake of the Shasta Theatre at Central Valley. Mr. Pancake is mentioned in various issues of Boxoffice as late as 1954, and then he and his theater vanish from cinema history— or at least from the pages of Boxoffice Magazine.

The former boomtown is still very much in existence, an incorporated city and thriving suburb of Redding. I’m sure the Google Maps link for the address above does not show the actual location of the theater, though. I haven’t been able to track down a modern address for the location, but I suspect it was near the center of the town of Central Valley (the largest of several small towns that were incorporated into the modern municipality of Shasta Lake.) Central Valley Street may have been the former name of Shasta Dam Boulevard, but I’ve been unable to confirm this. I believe there has been street renumbering since the days when this theater was operating, too. For now, the actual location of the Shasta Theatre remains a mystery.

Susan
Susan on May 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

This building has not been demolished. The address is now 4052 Shasta Dam Boulevard in Shasta Lake. The exterior of the former theatre exists with a remodeled front.

Susan
Susan on May 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

Leslie George Pancake(1911-1997)owned and operated the Cinema Inn theater in Shasta Lake.

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