Arcata Theatre Lounge

1020 G Street,
Arcata, CA 95521

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Arcata Theatre

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The New Arcata Theatre was opened in 1937 by Redwood Theatres chain. The Arcata Theatre had closed by 2000. The theatre has some great features and is in the heart of downtown Arcata.

In 2005, it was sold and renovation work began to convert the building into the Arcata Theatre Lounge. It reopened on April 3, 2009, the programming is a mix of live concerts and independent movies. There is now a bar at the rear or of auditorium.

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kencmcintyre on November 22, 2006 at 6:55 pm

On 8/22/56, the Arcata was showing “Doctor at Sea”, along with “The Divided Heart”. The theater’s phone number was VA 2-1727. Other theaters advertised in the Eureka Humboldt Standard that day were the Fortuna (playing the same double bill as the Arcata), the Eureka, the Liberty, the Rialto and the Midway Drive-In.

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm

There was a full page ad in the 6-28-52 edition of the Humboldt Standard celebrating George Mann week for his 35 years in Eureka. Full staff lists are given for the Eureka, State, Rialto, Midway Drive-In, Fortuna and Arcata. I won’t copy all the names here, but if someone is looking for an usher or candy girl around that time, let me know and I will look it up.

kencmcintyre on October 22, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Here is a March 2004 article concerning the sale of the theater:

bobdoran on March 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

The renovated Arcata Theatre Lounge is set to reopen on April 3, 2009.

For photos of the work in progress, go here:

Details on the rehab coming soon (I’m finishing up a piece on the Arcata and the Eureka).

CSWalczak on January 11, 2010 at 3:05 am

This page has an historical exterior view of the Arcata; scroll down to see it:

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

adsausage on April 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm

The Humboldt Forum and Film Society would screen a ton of underground movies here… Warhol etc. Seats were $2.

pnelson on April 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Great art deco exterior. Any pics of interior?

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