812 Cannery Row,
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812 Cinema was founded by John Harris, Alan Weber and Dennis Roshay in October 1969. Legally opened in June of 1970. Closed in 1980 due to landlord dispute and a fire on Cannery Row.
The theater, located at 812 Cannery Row also coincided with owner John Harris' favorite film, Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ which was his inspiration for filmmaking and in turn creating the 812 Cinema.
“812” became famous. It had pillow seating, dual interlock 35mm 3-D, four track magnetic stereo sound, carbon arc lamphouses and superior projection techniques. Surrounded by comfort and heavily padded flooring..the theater became most famous for it’s presentation of “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. That film had a combined run of 17 years between 812 Cinema and its sister theater, Dream Theater.
The Dream Theatre was literally built from this tiny theater.
Alan Weber designed both theaters with serious input from John and his love of movie theaters of the past. John toured with the Johnny Mathis Show as a singer, dancer, choreographer and vocal arranger. On that tour, the Mathis Show performed in many old movie palaces. It inspired John to create in his mind the “dream” theaters he would later produce.
The Dream Theater was built in 1974, opened in 1975 and closed and demolished in 2000. The 812 & Dream were built with the community in mind and spirit. These were special creations, hand built by artisans and creative genius.
Gone but not forgotten.
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