Vine Cinema

1722 First Street,
Livermore, CA 94550

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Vine Cinema

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A long-standing Livermore theater; originally a single-screen, it was opened around December 1956. It was twinned in the early-1970’s.

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JasonBalch
JasonBalch on March 30, 2006 at 4:43 pm

While the new look is nice, I miss the charm of the original theatre with the corner entrance.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Here is the official web site of the Vine Cinema. No pictures of the theatre, unfortunately, except a small shot of the marquee.

9262692
9262692 on December 18, 2006 at 4:07 pm

Any old photos of the original.

Bobbalt
Bobbalt on December 28, 2006 at 5:06 pm

The Vine was twinned in the early 70s, if memory serves.

What’s to become of the Vine now that the multiplex has opened? It might go back to being a second-run theatre, which is was for most of the 80s through 1992. It went back to being a first-run theatre in 1992 with the release of “Batman Returns.”

nanushka
nanushka on November 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Now a great dinner and wine theater showing first-run art movies and the classics.

Wonderful local wines (Livermore Valley / Wente) with limited service dinner menu and table service from next door fine-dining restaurant.

Pleasant waiting area with couches and tables. A great addition to Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin area near San Francisco, CA.

Nicely remodeled with attentive and knowledgable staff. Worth a trip!

nanushka
nanushka on November 27, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Restaurant next door is Zephyr Grill:
http://www.zephyrgrill.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 28, 2009 at 8:19 pm

The Vine Theatre was built in 1956, according to the October 6 issue of Boxoffice which said that it would be opened in November by the Roy Cooper circuit, and would have “…about 800 seats.” But the opening was delayed, and Boxoffice of November 10 said that Ampex sound equipment had been installed in the house, which was now expected to be opened in December.

An earlier Boxoffice item about the planned theater said that West Side Theatres intended it to replace their State Theatre at Livermore.

The January 12, 1957, issue of Boxoffice said that the Vine, now open, was “…designed in the modern California style.” No photograph was provided to illustrate the “modern California style,” but Boxoffice often used the term to describe midcentury modern theaters in California that had exposed redwood and/or rough stone elements in place of the steel, concrete, or plaster characteristic of the midcentury style in other parts of the country.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

The entry for Gale Santocono in the 1962 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Vine Theatre at Livermore as one of his works.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

A few July 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

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