Fairfield Cinema 1

849 Texas Street,
Fairfield, CA 94533

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Fairfield (former Solano)

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Opened as the Fairfield Theatre in July 1921. By 1941 it was operating as the Solano Theatre with 540 seats. It was still operating as a movie theatre in 1952, and later was renamed Fairfield Cinema 1 in 1974.

After closing as a movie theatre it operated as Pepper Belly’s Comedy Club and was renovated in 2011. The building was destroyed by a fire on January 25, 2013.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Open ~1940-~1967? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

It was the Solano Theatre in 1967.

Owners:

1940 Mann & Walsh Theatres

1967 Homer I.Tegtmeier & Associates of San Francisco, they had 4 theaters in California.

The Website mentions “ALL ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY FREE ENTRY with valid ID”, that’s cause Fairfield is the home of Travis U.S. Air Force Base.

I went by this theater in 2003 and it was a comedy club, the only thing that had changed from when it had been a movie theater was its name.

More info and photos are always welcome.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on November 21, 2011 at 12:33 am

Here’s a recent photo of the Comedy Club:

http://www.thewholeearthisfilledwithhisglory.com/theaters/150a.html

JohnRice
JohnRice on January 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

A six alarm fire, thought to be electrically caused, pretty much totally destroyed Pepper Belly’s (formerly the Solano Theatre) on the night of January 25, 2013. The inside of the structure is totally gutted and the roof is gone. Only the four walls remain and it’s unclear at this point if they are structurally sound.

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Went to this walk in theatre with some friends back in the 1988 to watch Dennis Hoopers film ‘Colors’, as I recall it was not a big movie house. The seating were angled in sort of a slope, I remember climbing stairs to get to an open seat. I also went here in the mid 2000s to see a dinner comedy show in one room and remember a dance club with a DJ in another room.

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Actually this first opened at the Fairfield theater on July 1921, on the corner of Jackson and North Texas streets. Later named the Solano Theater, the movie house was completely remodeled in 1945. In 1974, the theater changed from Solano Theater to Fairfield Cinema I and across the street was Fairfield Cinema II.

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