Reds Showcase Cinemas

369 G Street,
Crescent City, CA 95531

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The Pic Theatre was opened on May 15, 1952. It was twinned by March 1986. In 1987 it was taken over by ‘Red’ Thomas who also operated Reds Crescent Drive-In from 1980 (originally the Ocean Drive-In). It was renamed renamed Reds Showcase Cinemas. Following closure on February 28, 2007, it was taken over by the Lighthouse Repertory Company, but they had moved out of the building by the early-2010’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Red’s Showcase Twin Cinemas closed on February 28, 2007, according to this article from that day’s Curry Coastal Pilot. The article says that Thomas took over operation of the house in 1987, some time after the previous owners had twinned it.

I believe this theater was the house scheduled to open as the Pic Theatre on May 14, 1952. The May 13 issue of the Eureka daily newspaper, the Humboldt Times, reported that an early morning blast had occurred at the theatre, ripping a hole in the roof, damaging the marquee, and wrecking the ticket booth. Police suspected a deliberate act of sabotage, either a bomb or sticks of dynamite.

Owner of the Pic, Earl L. Boles, who also operated the Mecca Theatre, said that materials were being rushed to the site to repair the damage quickly so that the theater could open on schedule. The following day’s edition of the paper said that the damage had been estimated at $1,000, but that the 537-seat theater would open that night.

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