Columbia Theatre

2nd Avenue & Starr Street,
Crockett, CA 94525

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2011 at 2:14 am

A 1914-1915 Polk directory for Contra Costa County lists a theater called the Columbio, located in Valona, which was a community that has since been absorbed into Crockett. It was almost certainly this theater. Columbio might have been a typo, or perhaps that actually was the theater’s name at that time.

The main part of the building the Columbia was in is certainly old enough to have been around in 1915. In fact it looks late Victorian. The modern addition which looks like it was built as a new entrance and lobby for the theater appears to date from the late 1940s or early 1950s.

This house might be found listed in later years as the Lanai Theatre. I don’t know if it ever showed movies under that name, but in 1969 as the Lanai Theatre it was the scene of concerts featuring notable Bay Area bands such as the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service.