201 E. Sixth Street,
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Carl Boller used an Atmospheric style interior design to emulate an outdoor setting in the auditorium of this Spanish Colonial revival theater. Information on file at the Corona Public Library says that it was built by Glenn Harper, who opened it on August 29, 1929. The 900-seat cinema, with attached shops and businesses, was Corona’s first-run house for many years, receiving exterior remodels in 1956 and 1961. In the late-1970’s, it was briefly an unsuccessful discount house and then played Spanish-language films before closing in 1982 when it was taken over by a church.
In 1991, the Landmark Building, as it is also called, escaped demolition through the efforts of the Corona Historic Preservation Society despite the Chamber of Commerce who said that making it an historical property would tie up downtown redevelopment and “it is only 61 years old, not very historic.” With the endorsement of the city planning commission the building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and is still being used as a church today.
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