Carlos Theatre

1224 San Carlos Avenue,
San Carlos, CA 94070

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A wonderful neighborhood theater. The Carlos Theatre was opened on January 10, 1941. It was demolished in the late-1970’s to make way for an office building.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Here is a 1965 ad from the San Mateo Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2myl7y

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 19, 2008 at 9:05 pm

This is a 1946 photo from a new collection of Life magazine images on Google:
http://tinyurl.com/5vf33z

SteveNY
SteveNY on April 1, 2009 at 8:49 pm

In the 1960’s strips of matinee tickets were sold at a low price in elementary schools in San Carlos and Belmont just before summer vacation began. Kids could go to a weekly show at the Carlos which included two cartoons, a Three Stooges short, and a kids movie. The theater was usually so packed that many kids would have to sit in the aisles and on the steps. There must have been little concern for fire laws in those days!

In the later 1960’s Friday and Saturday nights were rough at the Carlos. Teenagers used to fight and set off firecrackers during the show. This eventually let to a helmeted San Carlos police officer being stationd inside the theater to maintain order.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on May 24, 2009 at 4:03 am

In the 60’s, I don’t think there was any Bay Area theatre that did'nt have the same thing going on EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

Kiddie Matinees you mention was a standard at ALL Bay Area Fox Theatres. Some Fox houses ran those “strip ticket” shows even in the winter, but only on Saturday mornings before regular matinee shows.

Better yet, do you remember when Broadway Markets sponsered Kiddie Shows, when they gave the tickets away for free???

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm

1946 LIFE interior photos of the Carlos,
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ajtarantex
ajtarantex on January 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

This was a nice theatre I grew up at this theater My Mom was the first Woman manager for NGC theatres and this was the 2nd theatre, She Managed First she was at the FOX in redwood city then she took over the Carlos from there she went to The FOX Stanford, then Mann Closed all the Fox Theaters on the Peninsula. I loved the Carlos it was a very busy theater when it was booked. I remember we played WILLARD to packed houses daily. then Eureka Federal Savings bought the property and tore the teater down and built the entire corner downtown with office buildings and the bank and a penthouse living space.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on January 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Before managing the above mentioned theatres, this same lady was Bill Tannehill’s assistant manager at the FOX THEATRE in Burlingame for many years.During that time my aunt, Ann Campbell was Lou Singer’s assistant at the FOX THEATRE in Redwood City for 12 years.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on January 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

By the way Mitch….. Your mom was working at the FOX in Burlingame when she took a maternity leave….for guess who!!???

spbradley
spbradley on March 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

This is a message to whoever uploaded the photos of the Carlos Theater: Those photos we scanned or set to thumbnail resolution so when they’re viewed in scaled-up mode, they’re all unnecessarily blurry. You can see that the photo file size is like under 20kb. Should be 10 or 20 times that size. Please rescan at higher resolution or contact me for assistance. This may be a problem with this site’s webmaster. Please take notice. Thanks!

TomBoucher
TomBoucher on June 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

We lived on Prospect Street and used to ride our bikes to the Saturday matinee. You could get free tickets at the cigar store right across the street. After the matinee, and if there wasn’t a single person in the shop Pat, next door to the cigar store, would give us a haircut even though Saturday was for men only.

I sure was sad to see it gone. I guess Saturday morning cartoons and serial cliffhangers isn’t enough.

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