1707 Lighthouse Avenue,
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This was a small Spanish style theater designed by San Francisco architect Mark T. Jorgensen. The Grove Theatre opened in 1925 and had a 2 manual 4 rank style B Wurlitzer.
The organ was removed in 1950 to an Oakland church, where it remains. The theater suffered a major fire in 1951 that left only the outside walls and former rear wall of the stage. A modern cinema was built into this shell and again called the Grove Theatre.
The Grove ceased as a theater in the early 1970s when it became a paint store. Though the floor was leveled, the 1950s auditorium was largely intact. In the 1990s, the former auditorium was gutted and a second floor installed in the auditorium space with new windows cut into the original 1925 walls.
There is virtually nothing left to indicate that this building was ever the Grove Theatre of 1925 or 1951. This is not to be confused with another building facade on Lighthouse Ave. that also has "The Grove". This was the building housing the former newspaper and no relation to the late Grove Theatre.
The original Grove was part of the Monterey Peninsula theater chain that also included the Monterey State, Strand, and Monterey theaters.
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