22577 Mission Boulevard,
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This theater was built in 1926 at a cost of $175,000 and owned by the Golden State Theater and Realty Company. During the early years, it showed silent films and had vaudeville acts on Sunday evenings. This theater was once considered “the entertainment center of Hayward” and was located in downtown Hayward on Mission Blvd near A St.
In the early 1970’s, it, along with the Ritz Theater up the street, had suffered from declining attendance due to a (then) declining downtown and multiplex theaters built in the western part of Hayward.
After an attempt at being a discount house, the Hayward switched to porn in April 1973. (The Ritz would follow the same route less than 6 months later.) The Hayward Theater was destroyed by fire in June 1976 and on its site now rests a parking lot for a new Alberson’s supermarket as part of a revitalized downtown Hayward.
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