Uptown Theatre

118 N. Sutter Street,
Stockton, CA 95202

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Uptown Theatre

The Lyric Theatre was opened by 1915. By 1926 it had been renamed National Theatre and had 800 seats. In the 1930’s it was renamed Studio Theatre. By 1937 it had been renamed Roxy Theatre. It continued to operate until at least 1952. It became the Lux Theatre and finally the Uptown Theatre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

The Stockton history site maintained by Wright Realtors says that the Roxy Theatre opened as the Lyric Theatre and was later called the National Theatre and the Studio Theatre before finally being renamed the Roxy. There are photos of the building about 1/5 of the way down this web page, though the page mistakenly gives the address as 124-130 Sutter (the site’s Stockton Theatres Over the Years page gives the correct address, but only has one of the photos.)

The Lyric Theatre was in operation by 1915. That year a feature in the July issue of the trade journal The Architect and Engineer of California attributed the design of the Lyric Theatre to the Stockton firm Stone & Wright. Stone & Wright were also the architects of the Lodi Theatre, built in nearby Lodi in 1918.

AndrewBarrett on September 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ”, pg. 629, the “National Theatre” in Stockton, California, had a two-manual Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No other details, such as size (# of ranks), year of installation, or blower info, is available in the book.

Does anybody know any more about this organ and what happened to it? Thanks!

itheliving on April 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

The Lyric etc ended up the Lux and then The Uptown in the early 50’s before being demolished to become a Bank. Greatest and cheapest kid matinees in town.

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