Temple Theatre

618 W. 3rd Street,
San Bernardino, CA 92410

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Temple Theatre

According to advertisements in the San Bernardino Sun, the Temple Theatre dated back to at least 1914. It may have been built after 1906, which was the year Sanborn Insurance Maps showed a garage at the location.

A 2004 article in the San Bernardino Sun, noted that the reconstructed 620-seat Temple Theatre, co-owned by W.H. Braman, reopened in 1939 at a cost of $35,000. It was said that only the walls remained of the 20-year-old theatre, designed anew in the streamline fashion by architect Howard E. Jones.

The Film Daily Year Book listed the Temple Theatre 1943 through 1955 as a Fox West Coast Theatre and it was delisted after that year. The historical address on the Sanborn Maps and the FDYB was 618-20 3rd Street, the third building on the northwest corner of W. 3rd and F streets. This address no longer exists since the Central City Mall, which opened in 1972, replaced six square blocks of downtown, mostly eliminating and realigning three blocks of 3rd Street. The location today would place the former Temple Theatre at about the center of the mall.

Contributed by rpierce
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