Rancho Theater

720 Main Street,
Pleasanton, CA 94566

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Rancho Theater

According to the book “Pleasanton, California: A Brief History”, this theater operated in the 1940’s as a Spanish-language theater for migrant workers.

Contributed by James Tinder

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

A brochure for a walking tour of downtown Pleasanton (no longer available on the Internet) said that the mission revival building at 720-722 Main was built as an auto showroom and garage around 1920, and in 1945 was converted into the Rancho Theatre, “a Spanish movie house.”

Steward
Steward on May 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Originally built as a funeral parlor, by the 1920s in was “The Fireproof Garage”. During World War 2, while agricultural workers were brought in from Mexico to cover for American men overseas, it became a Spanish languague movie house. It became a furniture store, then a TV and electronics business. Today it’s a hair salon.

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