Elmwood Theatre

2966 College Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94705

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The Strand Theatre was operating prior to 1941. It was actually listed as (Closed) in 1941 through to 1943. Reopened again by 1950 it was still the Strand Theatre in 1952.

Later renamed Elmwood Theatre, by 2009 it was operated by the independent Rialto Cinemas chain.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 19, 2008 at 1:09 am

Here is a website for the Elmwood Theater. Address given on website is 2966 College Avenue.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2008 at 2:59 am

A recent night view can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 11, 2009 at 2:01 am

This is a recent close-up.

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2009 at 2:32 am

Here is a November 1951 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Did this place EVER have a sign displaying its name?

gsmurph on November 14, 2009 at 12:42 am

Not sure if it did as the Strand (as the Elmwood, its name was most often seen at the top of the movie display cases), but it definitely has “Elmwood” on both sides of the marquee as of very recently!

bmsinmd on March 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

It had, I believe, a verticle marquee saying Elmwood. I used to deliver papers in the area [berkeley Gazette] in the mid-50’s, go in for movies occasionally. Two that I recall were Diabolique and The Wages of Fear, both b&w French movies. I made a little fork thingy out of wire coat hanger that I slid under the Exit door, then twisted it and pulled the door open to sneak in free. I hope I was not the cause of the Elmwood’s demise. The place was a wonderful fixture of the Elmwood neighborhood on College Avenue.

gsmurph on April 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Apparently that vertical was removed at some point during (or at least no later than) the mid-‘60s, for there was none to be found after that.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

A few 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

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