Star Theatre

402 North Coast Highway,
Oceanside, CA 92054

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Star Theatre - Oceanside, CA

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The Star Theatre opened in August 1956 with a seating capacity for 986. There were 546 seats in the orchestra and 440 in the stepped loge section at the rear. Behind the loge seating area was a cry room, that was equipped with electric fixtures for bottle warmers.

This was once a popular movie house, located in downtown Oceanside. In it’s darkest days it fuctioned as an adult theater operated by Pussycat Theatres, but has recently been renovated and is used for live performances.

Contributed by Ian Ehrnstrom

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 18, 2008 at 3:04 am

Sidecar Racers was released in February of 1975.

DonSolosan on March 20, 2008 at 6:57 am

ken mc, they changed the name of Hill Street to Coast Highway. I don’t know the year.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm

More photos can be seen here, here, and here.

drb on March 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Some photos I took back in November 2000, when it had recently closed as a movie theater and its fate was uncertain. Sorry the first two aren’t the sharpest, early digital cameras were unpredictable things:


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Another photo of the Star Theater is here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

The Balch in the firm of Balch, Bryan, Perkins, Hutchason was William Glenn Balch, the considerably younger brother of theater architect Clifford Balch. Following the dissolution of the firm of Balch & Balch, in 1946 Clifford Balch formed a partnership with Louis L. Bryan. Balch & Bryan became Balch, Bryan, Perkins, Hutchason, Architects in 1953, with the addition of partners John Loring Perkins and W.K. Hutchason.

Here is a Boxoffice article about the Star Theatre. It notes that William Glenn Balch had “…designed over 180 southland theatres over the last 25 years….”

Douglas Westfall
Douglas Westfall on July 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Jim Heiser and I connected during the re-opening of the Star Theater when it played TITANIC in late June of 1998. I had just released the book “The Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic” and he asked me to open the theater. So with microphone in hand I stood at the curtain and gave a breif overview of the history then took questions. After the showing I sold books in the lobby. I was saddened to see it close.

Douglas Westfall, Publisher

Tinseltoes on July 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Replacing an expired link to a trade article cited above by Joe Vogel: boxoffice

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