Catalina Theatre

2320 North Campbell Avenue,
Tucson, AZ 85719

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The Catalina Theatre was opened in March 1947 as a single screen.

Contributed by Michael Coate

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2010 at 4:14 am

The opening date of the Catalina Theatre was tentatively set as November 1, according to an item in Boxoffice of September 14, 1946. The new house had been designed for Paramount Nace Theatres by architect Hal Pereira.

In September, 1986, Boxoffice reported that Cineplex Odeon planned to demolish the Catalina Theatre and replace it with a six-screen multiplex of 1000 seats. I’ve been unable to find any Boxoffice items confirming that the original Catalina was indeed demolished by Odeon, but they did demolish the much newer El Dorado Theatre and replaced it with a six-plex. It seems likely that Odeon would have gone ahead with their plans to demo the Catalina.

IA on July 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

My second home for almost thirty years was indeed torn down. I stayed
far away during the demo. A sixplex was built on the site by Darth
Grabinski. It now sits empty and has been purchased by The University
of Arizona. Many, many big pictures played here exclusive. “Sound Of
Music” for almost a year.

Coate on July 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm

<<< Many, many big pictures played here exclusive. “Sound Of Music” for almost a year. >>>

Yep, 45 weeks to be exact. And I imagine that’s the all-time record for Tucson. The 39-week run of the original “Star Wars” at El Dorado is probably number two.

rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

March 26th, 1947 grand opening ad is at
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Tucsonman on June 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

The original building was demolished, & the 6-screen one is listed on property records as having been built in 1988. See this link:

Tucsonman on July 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Here’s the ownership timeline: Paramount Nace Theatres (1947-1949); United Paramount Theatres (1949-1965); ABC Theatres (1965-1974); Plitt Theatres (1974-1985); Cineplex Odeon Cinemas (1985-1998); Loews Cineplex Entertainment (1998-2005); AMC Theatres (2005-2006).

Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

At least according to aerial photos, it wasn’t twinned; the original screen was split in 2. That was the norm, although plenty of theatres were twinned.

Tucsonman on August 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Here’s the earliest ad I could find from its AP Theatres days:

Tucsonman on August 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Here’s an aerial view from 1980:

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