Alhambra Theater

209 S. Howard Street,
Alturas, CA 96101

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Alhambra Theater

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The building was built in 1897. It was the first Opera House in town, a silent movie theater in 1914. A Grand Opening happened June 2, 1929. I’m assuming it was for the conversion to ‘talkies’ The film that night was “Lilac Time” starring Gary Cooper. The Alhambra Theater had other uses after the Niles Theater opened in 1937, including the Elks Lodge and Roller Rink.

It was used as a theater again in the 1950’s. Since 1986, it has been Frank’s Carpet & Furniture. The building has been renovated since then. The owners, Jim & Debbie Rollins, have kept the original stenciled ceiling and there is a display in the entryway of the Alhambra Theater’s past.

Contributed by Steve Swanson
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