1351 Fruitvale Avenue,
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This theater (NOT to be confused with the New Fruitvale [q.v.], which replaced it as the neighborhood movie house) opened as Brown’s Theater about 1914, became the Fruitvale Theater about 1917, and operated under that name until 1924, when it closed.
Over fifty years later (and roughly a decade after the New Fruitvale closed), it reopened about 1978 as the Fruitvale Playhouse, showing mostly obscure Disneyesque family fare for a relatively short time.
(ALSO NOTE: This should not be confused with a later Fruitvale Playhouse that operated some years later for a time [also specializing mostly in family fare] on Farham Street off Fruitvale a couple of blocks east of this site.)
Afterwards it served as a church, but eventually it and several other buildings were demolished to make way for a Wendy’s.
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