Columbia Theater

10th Street & P Street,
Firebaugh, CA 93622

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Firebaugh_needs_a_theater_again on October 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Was there another theater at 10th and P?

The former Columbia Theater at 12th and O is still there. You can see it if you navagate to that location in the Overview window. It’s a hardware store now. The only major change visible from the outside is the main entrance which has been moved to the side. The marquis and even the exterior poster display frames are still there.

They showed all the major flics there. Sometimes there’d be a line of people down the sidewalk. And you knew most of them. They used to have matinĂ©es and double features with cartoon shorts between. The screen had two sets of curtains; an outer and an inner semi-transparent curtain which aparently would be worked along with the lights so as to enhance effect of the opening of the main feature.

In the lobby there was sort of a collage of posters from past movies such as “West World” and “Frogs” Last film I remember seeing there was Star Trek IV.

I was sad to see it close. Firebaugh really needs a theater again.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm



kencmcintyre on May 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I wouldn’t have guessed that this town had any theaters. I’ve stopped here a few times to have lunch when driving up to San Francisco.