El Rey Theatre
112 E. Yosemite Avenue,
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The former El Rey Theatre, once an elegant example of the Art Deco style dating from the 1930’s, including a large triangular-shaped blade marquee spelling out the theater’s name, was a long-time fixture of downtown Manteca.
During a screening of "The Towering Inferno", ironically, in 1977, a fire started in the El Rey, and quickly gutted the entire old theater. The shell of the El Rey would stand ignored for another twenty years.
It wasn’t until 1997 that brothers Shon and Joe Kelley saw the El Rey’s ruins, and decided this was where they would build their new brewery and eatery, after a $2.5 million reconstruction.
The Kelley Brothers Brewery and Brickyard Oven Restaurant is designed inside to resemble a Bavarian-style beerhall, and includes two levels, with the brewery on the main floor and the restaurant upstairs, with a view of the main floor.
The exterior of the former theater has been renovated to close to its original appearance, but without the original marquee. The interior has been remodeled and is now a banquet hall.
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