West End Theatre
4819 Delmar Boulevard,
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The Colonial Theatre was opened in 1910 with 990 seats. It was operated by the Arthur Chain (Franchon & Marco) in 1927 and seated 773. It was a neighborhood house located just east of Kings Highway in a small shopping center about 10 blocks east of the more opulant Pageant Theatre. The West End Theatre was a two story theatre with a small balcony. Nothing impressive about this popular neighborhood house.
It thrived until 1956 and the Arthur chain sold it to a private individual who renamed it the West End Art Theatre. It started playing adult fare and the balcony was made into a second screen. Operating under various names, the theatre lasted until 1964 when a storm caused the back part of the roof to collapse. The theatre was demolished in August 1985 after the city condemned the building.
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