Minor Theatre

1015 H Street,
Arcata, CA 95521

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Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on October 21, 2011 at 6:47 am

Here’s a recent photo: http://www.thewholeearthisfilledwithhisglory.com/theaters/056a.html

sunksunk
sunksunk on April 24, 2010 at 12:03 am

The seating layout was changed in the renovations. The main auditorium now seats 295 people (including balcony), and the smaller theatres seat 86 and 80 people respectively. A total of 461 seats.

Interestingly enough, at the time the theatre was built (with the main auditorium seating over 500 people), the population in Arcata was roughly 1,000 people, making it nigh impossible to sell out the theatre.

agoseta
agoseta on March 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I really appreciate these informations and I belive taht the historic Cinema Lumière in Pisa (Italy) is the oldest purpose-built, continually operating cinema in the world.
The Lumière opened in December 16th, 1905.
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In Italy the first commercial screening of movies with fully synchronized sound took place in the Cinema Lumière (Pisa – Italy) in October 19th, 1906 by the Fabbrica Pisana di Pellicole Parlate, patented by Pietro Pierini with the name of “Isosincronizzatore”.

Until march 2009, Korsør Biograf Teater (opened January 30th, 1907) in the danish city Korsør was listed the oldest cinema in the Guinness Book of World Records. Before a cinema in Szczecin, Poland, was listed as the oldest.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 18, 2007 at 8:29 am

***Sorry, I meant 1914 in my first sentence of the above comment

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 18, 2007 at 8:28 am

No, not the oldest if it was built in 1912. The theater I help run, The Historic Park Theatre in Estes Park was built in 1913 for the sole purpose of showing films. Also, we are still a single screen. I also got a print from this Minor Theatre at one of my other theaters that was filthy and almost completly distroyed at the ripe old age of less than a year (sprockets on the sound track side completely chewed uo). I’m not saying it was them but…..

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 28, 2007 at 4:15 am

Just for argument’s sake, if the 1914 date on the building is correct, I would think there were quite a few nickelodeons built before that date that were solely for showing films.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 13, 2006 at 1:28 am

Here is an article from January 2000 regarding the purchase of the Minor and Arcata theaters:
http://tinyurl.com/m5q2h

SalvageSailor
SalvageSailor on December 11, 2005 at 7:25 pm

Aloha Everyone,

The Minor was always a great place to go with your date before hitting the bars on ‘the square’.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 21, 2005 at 11:55 pm

From the Humboldt State University Library:

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William
William on November 13, 2003 at 11:20 pm

The Minor Theatre is located at 1015 H Street.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 27, 2002 at 5:14 pm

The original auditorium is intact, with additional screens (done in period style with Corinthian pilasters lining the walls) next door in an adjacent building.