1206 Lincoln Avenue,
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An Alameda neighborhood theater with various names and management, starting with R.C. Fendon, and continuing with Bay Station Theater, Lincoln Theater, Studio Theater, and Bay Theater.
The Bay Theater appears to be a relic of the nickelodeon erea, and opened prior to 1916. It is a long and narrow building sandwiched between other early Twentieth century commercial structures. It is rather far removed from the cluster of theatres in Alameda’s main downtown to the South, and is comfortably far from the site of the Neptune Theatre at the extreme North end of Alameda to have likely served its local neighborhood audience for many years.
There is a simple Neo-Classical style cornice atop the otherwise plain one story-facade. A trapezoidal marquee canopy structure and soffit still remain from the 1930’s or later, but there has long been a canvas awning attached above the soffit where there was once a marquee. Below the overhang is a plain, conventional retail entrance. It is listed in the 1941-1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook as the Lincoln Theater (Closed), and in the 1949-1951 Film Daily Yearbooks as operating as the Bay Theater in those years. Presumably it had been operating throughout decades before this.
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