Tent City Theatre

Coronado, CA 92118

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Little is known about the Tent City Theatre. It was listed as (Closed) in the 1941 and 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on May 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

The history of Tent City is more than a little interesting. It was a sort of a resort colony that grew up just south of the famed Coronado Hotel and lasted from about 1900 to 1939 when it was completely dismantled, which explains why the theater disappears from the records after 1940. There is more information about Tent City here: View link. The theater may have been in the pavilion built near the shore; it is mentioned in some of the Tent City newspapers that were printed during the resort seasons as showing “Bioscope” features.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 7, 2011 at 5:30 am

Open ~1935-~1945? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Could use an address or crossroads, more info and photos.

CSWalczak on May 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I doubt if it survived beyond 1940. The online references to Tent City indicate that it was totally dismantled toward the end of 1939 into 1940 and the area it occupied near the Coronado hotel redeveloped and re-landscaped. I have not been able to determine if the theater itself was a tent building or if it was located in one of the more substantial buildings or was one of them near the waterfront. There was a rather large pavilion among these wood frame structures, and quite possibly the theater was located within it.

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