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I scoured the Willits News from 1904 on. The first sign ever of a cinema in Willits was The Majestic in 1910 which changed it’s name later to The Colonial. The Noyo Theatre opened in 1940 putting The Colonial out of business. I find no trace of a Willits Theater & don’t believe that there ever was one. My guess would be that Willits Theater Corp was a business entity that ran The Colonial.
The Majestic Theater was advertising movies in the Willits News in 1912 editions. “101 Ranch Circus, 4 reels, 4000 feet”, “Cowboys & Indians, 4000 feet of moving pictures”, “Bernhardt in Camille, 5000 feet”
The Willits Theater Company, owners of the Willits Theater, was mentioned in the July 2, 1932, issue of The Film Daily. The company had been incorporated by A. G. Conquest, Viola Langer, and Anne Carville. The Willits is mentioned again in the January 18, 1935, issue of the magazine, which said that the house had been transferred to George Smith by A. G. Conquest and V. Langer.
In between these two items is one from July 23, 1934, that says that the Willits Theater Corporation had transferred the Majestic Theatre at Willits to George Smith. Majestic was the later name of the house that opened in 1913 as the Colonial. Taken together these items appear to indicate that the Colonial/Majestic and the Willits Theatre were two different houses, but it isn’t definitive proof. I’d still like to find a single item mentioning both houses.
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When you use the Map, the ZIP 95940 shows the entire United States, the correct ZIP will go to Willits.
Open ~1935? Can anyone verify the exact dates
Need an address, more info and photos always welcome.