Angels 5 Theatre

1228 S. Main Street,
Angels Camp, CA 95222

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Angels 5 Theatre

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Built in 1936 by Harvey Entertainment, the classic 450-seat Angel Theatre was restored in 1999 by its current owners, Cinema West, and converted into a triplex.

The main auditorium features murals of Gold Country miners, which are lit by original trough lighting. The main theater also contains a large stage and curtain. During the restoration, stadium seating was installed along with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment.

Two smaller theaters are located in the former balcony, which has been refurbished with more leg room and better sight lines. A fourth auditorium was added to the building in the latter part of 2001. Recently, the Angels added a fifth screen.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

FloydPerryJr on December 10, 2001 at 7:18 pm

A very nice theater in a very small town. There was a time when it was all closed up but luckily it was restored and reopen. It is sad though that they transformed the balcony into two separate auditoriums. I am an advocate against the use of the balcony as another auditorium. I always enjoyed viewing a movie from a balcony. Instead of looking up at a movie you are looking at it dead center.

VernonR on April 30, 2004 at 2:17 pm

I have the privelege of being the assistant manager at this fine theatre and I am glad to see it recognized on a website so appropriately titled. It is still in excellent condition although the new auditoriums have not been completed and will not be completed until the end of this summer. You notice that auditorium is plural. Yes we will have two new theatres which will not change the existing theatres at all. We also have a new and improved lobby which will soon have a whole new concessions stand where we will be able to serve more than just popcorn, soda and candy. We have collected a lot of memorabilia from its original days and if you would like to check it out the bos is always willing to share his knowledge of the theatre with you, or his knowledge of film. Aside from showing independant films at the theatre he teaches a class on film appreciation and has limitless knowledge on the topic if you care to discuss it with him.

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Lost Memory on February 16, 2007 at 1:44 pm

This is a 9/20/1999 article about the Angels Theater.

“Renovated Angels Camp, Calif., Movie Theater to Reopen.

Source: Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Author: DeLacy, Ron

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — The Angels theater was built in 1933, hoisting its neon tower overlooking Main Street just 10 years after Hollywood made its first “talkie,” six years before “Gone With the Wind,” 10 years before “Casablanca.” Jack Lemmon was 8 years old.

Since then, the Angels Camp landmark has sometimes hosted movies, plays, all-night parties and other events — and sometimes sat vacant.

Now it’s on its way to becoming strictly a movie theater again.

“The demographics are really good,” said Dave Corkill, owner of Petaluma-based Cinema West, which launched a renovation project at the theater Wednesday and hopes to start showing first-run movies by Christmas. “There aren’t any other theaters in Calaveras County, and we see a good opportunity to serve a population that doesn’t go to movies now.”

Corkill said Cinema West, which now operates nine movie houses in Marin and Sonoma counties, will divide the Angels into three theaters with 210, 150 and 49 seats.

He said that besides new movies, the theater will offer art films and foreign films on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sound, projection, seats and heating and air conditioning will be state-of-the-art, he said, but the company also plans to preserve and restore the theater’s old-time charm, from the neon tower outside to a couple of 25-foot Western murals inside.

“We want to return it to its original state as much as possible,” Corkill said. “It should be pretty impressive.”

Ken Cornwell, Cinema West’s project supervisor, said heating and air conditioning — something the old theater has lacked — will be among the most impressive new elements. Angels Camp can get snow in the winter and 100-degree temperatures in the summer, and, as Cornwell said, “People go to the movies to get out of the heat, not to get into it.”

Corkill said Cinema West is leasing the 8,537-square-foot theater for the renovation and plans to buy it afterward. He declined to say how much money the company expects to spend on the purchase and renovation.

“But it’s a substantial investment,” he said".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

This is a recent photo of the Angels Theater. It appears that it was laundry day when the photo was taken.

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Lost Memory on April 21, 2008 at 6:27 am

Here is a 2008 night view.

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Lost Memory on June 16, 2008 at 7:11 pm

A 2008 b/w view can be seen here.

TLSLOEWS on April 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Cool photos Lost Memory.

Mikeyisirish on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

A few January 2013 photos can be seen here and here

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