276 E. Ninth Street,
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At the Grove Theatre Productions (Official)
Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.
Architects: Jack M. Corgan
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Located in Old Town Upland, the 831-seat Grove Theatre and attached shops were opened on February 5, 1947 with Dana Andrews in “Boomerang”. It was built for the Western Amusement Company. The façade is dominated by a pylon-like tower on the left-hand side, which has the theatre named mounted vertically on three sides. The rather plain auditorium had all seating on a single floor, and the Grove Theatre was equipped with air-conditioning.
Since 1990 it has been operated by Sherry Kinison who bought and renovated the theatre. Sherry is the producer of the Grove’s live theatre which stages family-oriented plays and operates a school that give instruction in all aspects of the performing arts to youth and adults.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin notes that Sherry along with her husband Bill helped manage the career of Bill’s brother, the late comedian Sam Kinison. Bill keeps busy as a local businessman, involved in community activities and government.
The Daily Bulletin says that the Grove Thetare is “becoming one of the premiere theatres in the area”. The public is invited to join the Grove by becoming a patron or a season ticket holder.
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