610 Marin Street,
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The Waldorf Theatre was originally a saloon owned and managed by William R. Acock, and was also known as Waldorf Corner (Waldorf Grill & Bar) owned by A.P. Rothenbush. On December 16 1901, it opened as a new ‘Refined Vaudeville’ show. In January 1904, it became the Novelty Theatre showing a combination of vaudeville and movies under the direction of the management of Arthur Payne. By March 1911, the Novelty Theatre was leased to John C. Campbell and George B. Richart who installed a first class picture machine and it reopened as the New Novelty Theatre.
By April 3 1911 they announced that the Bell People of Oakland with Gus Cohn the manager was taking over the theatre and it was renamed Bell Theatre. Manager Gus Cohn announced the Bell Theatre would be on the Sullivan-Considine Circuit and would present first class vaudeville.
Manager Gus Cohn wanted a bigger theatre and was offered a theatre to be built on Virginia Street by the I.O.O.F (aka Empress Theatre). Cohn closed the Bell Theatre on December 5, 1911. The buildings' owner William Acock leased the building to Charles McCully and Peter J. Hanlon, who converted the playhouse into a moving picture theatre, which opened on January 30, 1912, and in 1916 W.C. Maupin took over. It was closed in 1920 when Peter J. Hanlon contemplated an establishment for a new location for a motion picture theatre.
Today the old building has been demolished and a newer building known as the McPherson Building has been built on the site. A small pet grooming shop was its last use, two shops to the left of Green’s liquor store.
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