Fortuna Theater

1241 Main Street,
Fortuna, CA 95540

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The New Fortuna Theatre was built for Redwood Theatres in 1938.

Recently restored, the theater reopened in November, 2000. The main theater features original wall sconces and chandeliers, which have all been completely restored. It also has a 46 foot screen and newly installed stadium seating. The other two theaters are located in the reconstructed balcony. The Fortuna Theater is adding a 3-screen addition that will bring the complex to a total of 6 screens.

As part of the restoration, over 500 feet of new neon tubing was installed on the tower. It was lit for the public for the first time in over 35 years, in October 2000.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

This 1940s photo is admittedly lacking as far as the Fortuna is concerned, but it is an interesting view of Main Street at that time:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm

This is an August 2008 photo.

kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm

According to an article dated 12/3/36 in the Woodland Democrat, work was started on the Fortuna at that time to replace another theater that was at the same address. That theater was destroyed in a fire in late November 1936.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on August 20, 2009 at 12:42 am

I was in that place in the 90s and there is not room for six auditoriums. They would have been better off restoring it as a single screener or at the most twin it. But that’s “The more screens you have the better” mentality of many theatre owners today.

sunnyfortuna on November 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

During the Fortuna Theater’s renovation, the cleanup crew ran across a reel of film dating back to 1937. It showed the old location of the Fortuna Theater and also contained footage of the new theater building which was still under construction. This film had been commissioned by the local merchants and was filmed by the Alexander Film Company. It was produced by the Blache' Screen Service in San Francisco as part of their “Buy at Home” series which promoted local small town commerce. CinemaWest graciously made the 22-minute film available in digital format. The Fortuna Downtown Merchants web site is here, where you can read more about this film and also view it.

TLSLOEWS on November 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Nice to see that they still have their vertical sign.

Adam on November 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

Never been but looks like old fashion style my kind of theater lets band together and buy it.

larrygoldsmith on November 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

Wonderful restoration of this old theatre… However, that ugly, huge clock behind the candy counter needs to go.

Mikeyisirish on November 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A July 4, 2010 photo can be seen here.

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