Towne 3 Cinemas
1433 The Alameda,
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The 800-seat Hester Theatre was opened in 1926, designed in an Egyptian/Spanish style to the plans of architectural firm Binder & Curtis. It was given an Art Deco remodel in 1952 and renamed Towne Theatre, eventually going over to screening adult movies which closed in 1989. The Towne 3 Theatre was reopened in 1990 by the Camera Cinemas chain after an extensive renovation of this 1920’s-era movie house. The restoration created a 600 seat, three-screen theatre. The main theater, which seats over 300, housed a Grand Wurlitzer organ and was used for showings of silent films.
Sadly, the screenings were a financial dissappointment for Camera Cinemas and the theater was shuttered after the final screening of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” on New Year’s Eve, 2000.
The theater was taken over by BIG Cinemas in 2009 and renamed the BIG Cinemas Towne 3 showing primarily Indian films. by summer of 2019 it had been taken over by an independent operator, still screening Indian films.
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