Sixth Street Cinema

4994 6th Street,
Mariposa, CA 95338

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6th Street Cinema (Closed)

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The Sixth Street Cinema was built inside an old Masonic Lodge, and showed the best of independent film in the tiny central California town of Mariposa. It was closed on March 1, 2012.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

ANOTHER RELATED WEBSITE:

http://ruralmediaarts.org/index.html

Some photos at that Site.

STYLE: ARTS AND CRAFTS

ARCHITECT: F.W. SCHLAGETER

PHONE 209.966.1333

Built early 1900’s.

1st floor was 32X60 with a stage at the rear. In earlier years, it housed the Liberty Dance Hall and a MOVIE THEATER (A TIN-LINED PROJECTION ROOM IS LOCATED ABOVE THE EXTERIOR DOORS ON THE FAR END).

ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE NAME OF THAT THEATER WAS?

The Sixth Street Cinema is on the 2nd floor.

Owned by Rural Media Arts and Education Project, a public cinema.

The renovation was done “GREEN” and all work had to be historically accurate because they are applying for National Landmark Status.

More info and photos are always welcome.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2011 at 5:40 am

A careful reading of the newspaper article at the Rural Media Arts web site reveals that F.W. Schlageter was not the architect of the Masonic Lodge, but one of the trustees who was awaiting the architect’s plans. Because the scan of the article is small, and a bit fuzzy, the period could be mistaken for a comma at first glance.

I wonder if the theater that once operated on the ground floor of the Masonic Lodge could have been the Mariposa Theatre? We have no address for the Mariposa, so it could have been anywhere in town, including this building. Here is the Media Arts page that mentions the ground floor theater. The Sixth Street Cinema being on the second floor, the earlier house would not have been the same theater despite it having been in the same building.

JohnRice
JohnRice on October 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

In October 2012 the movie theatre on the second floor was closed and the building was undergoing restoration. A still available theatre website indicated film programming was mostly performing arts oriented and the last film (more likely a digital presentation) was apparently on March 1, 2012. Plans for future use of the building and whether film showings will be included are unknown.

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