Phoenix Theater

201 Washington Street,
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Opened prior to 1924 as the Hill Opera House. By 1941, it had been renamed California Theater and was operated by the T & D Jr. Enterprises chain. It had seating for 1,225.

The Phoenix Theater, run by Thomas Gaffey opens its doors in the afternoon to teens who might have no place else to go—kids who don’t want to go home to abusive or absent parents; adolescents who just want a comfortable place to spend time, away from the watchful eyes of local police, around an adult who understands and respects them — someone who grew up in the same environment. Calling themselves the “Phoenix Family”, these teens not only hang out at the theater but help keep the place clean, including performing minor repairs and renovations.

Contributed by A Gehrke

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Bill97 on January 30, 2004 at 2:50 am

I just saw a story on local news TV that stated that there are NO theatres in Petaluma. As a result, 7 young ladies got together and prompted local officails and redevelopers to include a six-plex in a local downtown redevelopment project. The news showed them breaking ground today.

gd14lawn on June 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

Status should be changed to OPEN – live performance

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2013 at 5:36 am

The California Theatre in Petaluma was on a list of theaters operated by the T&D circuit that was published in April, 1927. The circuit was also operating the Mystic Theatre at that time.

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