American Theatre

Loring Avenue & Bay Street,
Crockett, CA 94525

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Former American Theatre

The American Theatre was operating prior to 1941, when it was part of the T & D Jr. Enterprises chain. It was still open in 1952.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

Polk’s 1914-1915 Richmond-Contra Costa County directory lists a New Orpheum Theatre in Crockett. That might be an early name for the American, but it could also be an early name for another theater, one which was called the Loring in the 1920s and at least into the late 1930s.

The Loring was in the 800 block of Loring Avenue, on a site that is now part of Rithel Park. If the Loring was not mentioned in 1941, it’s possible that something bad happened to it and the American was its replacement.

If the red brick building showing in Street View was the American Theatre, the building itself must be quite old. I’d guess late 19th or early 20th century. It might have been built for some other use and converted into a theater at any time prior to 1941.

As far as I’ve been able to determine, the only theaters operating in Crockett in the late 1930s were the Loring and the Columbia. That’s why I think the American might have opened only after the Loring closed.

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