Lorin Theatre

3332 Adeline Street,
Berkeley, CA 94703

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Lorin Theater Berkeley, CA

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gsmurph on October 28, 2003 at 12:28 pm

The former Lorin is today (and has been for a number of years) known as Phillips Temple Church. It is still an impressive sight (at least in terms of its facade).

gsmurph on September 20, 2004 at 8:01 am

The Lorin was built in 1914 by H.L. Beach and W.F. Krahn. The original architect was Albert W. Cornelius. Its interior was remodeled in 1920 by James Plachek. It closed as a theater in 1954.

mlind on November 10, 2004 at 4:14 pm

Would gsmurph be willing to email me at I have questions about Berkeley CA movie houses.

gsmurph on November 30, 2004 at 1:19 pm

Lorin’s style was “Italian Renaissance.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2012 at 2:41 am

The Lorin Theatre was completely rebuilt in 1916. That year’s September 23 issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Lorin had opened on Saturday, June 24. The old theater had been closed on March 5 and demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2012 at 7:21 am

The 1920 rebuilding of the Lorin designed by James Plachek took even longer than the 1916 rebuilding, so it must have been quite extensive. The March 1, 1921, issue of The Film Daily said that the Lorin Theatre had reopened on January 27 after having been closed for four months for rebuilding.

mlind on January 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

The theater was originally located across the street in a building that no longer exists.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

The Lorin Theatre was remodeled again in 1931. This item is from the August 29 issue of Building and Engineering News:

“BERKELEY. Alameda Co., Cal. 3332 Adeline Street. Remodeling reinforced concrete theatre. Owner— Kaliski-Harband Theatre Co., 3332 Adeline St., Berkeley. Architect — A. A. Cantin, 544 Market St., San Francisco. Work involves new concrete stairway, pine flooring, re-arranging stage, ornamental plaster, revising electrical work, revising heating plant, general interior decoration. General Contract — Alfred Hopper, 1769 Pleasant Valley Ave., Oakland, $11,462. Electrical Work — Matson & Seabrook, 4115 Broadway, Oakland, $2500. Heating— Chas. R. Watts, 1166 Spruce St., Berkeley.”

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