Winema Theater

125 Main Street,
Scotia, CA 95565

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Opened in 1919, the style of this movie house is unique, having a Tyrolean Swiss chalet style on its exterior and an auditorium with a church like appearence of exposed wooden beams.

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teecee
teecee on April 11, 2005 at 11:20 am

Sorry Ken, corrected link:

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The listing has this as “Redwood Theatre at Scotia, Calif”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2006 at 3:33 pm

If the theater did have a $200,000 renovation in 2002, the status should be changed to Open.

Jeff Hall
Jeff Hall on May 9, 2006 at 6:02 am

When I was a child in the middle 1940s Pacific Lumber Company had a Christmas Party for the children who had parents who work for the lumber company. I remember receiving a stuff animal and a jar of candy. Nice looking theater.
Jeff

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Thanks TC, the link to the photo you posted on April 11, 2005 is certainly the Winema Theater. I have just seen a vintage c.1920’s photo of it, posted for sale on e-bay.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 11, 2008 at 8:26 am

I believe this was originally and wittily called the Winema Cinema. I happened on an undated press clipping (but probably from the 1920s) that said the Winema Cinema was designed by architect Alfred Henry Jacobs and built entirely of redwood.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm

The Pacific Coast Architecture Database (University of Washington) dates the Winema Cinema to 1919. An article about the theater appeared in the December, 1920, issue of Architectural Record. Additionally, an illustration and floor plan of the house were published in the June, 1925, issue of Architectural Forum.

GaryParks
GaryParks on June 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm

The Winema’s architect, Alfred Henry Jacobs, also the designed the following theatres in San Francisco:
California (State, demolished)
Granda (Paramount, demolished)
Curran (still in operation)

GaryParks
GaryParks on June 23, 2009 at 9:02 pm

In the above post, it’s GRANADA, not Granda.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2010 at 3:12 am

Here is the 1920 Architectural Record article with several photos of the Winema, including a couple of interior shots. The auditorium has an impressive hammerbeam roof, and the interior has elements of both the Gothic and Arts and Crafts styles. It has some nice finishes, and is considerably less rustic than the exterior.

(If the Google Books page doesn’t load immediately, try clicking on the “View All” link and then selecting the link for page 557, then scroll down to see the five photos.)

MarkinScotia
MarkinScotia on June 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Well, here we are in 2014… The Winema has been in community, non-commercial use for the last 10 years. Ownership is being transferred (no cost) to a new public agency, Scotia Community Service District. (My job), and we are looking at an expanded use. Its in GREAT shape…and a re-model in the early 60’s removed front row seating and replaced it with a dance floor..love to answer questions..

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