Hemet Theatre

216 E. Florida Avenue,
Hemet, CA 92543

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The Hemet Theatre opened on Thanksgiving Day 1921 with seating for 652. It was closed 26, 1995. It reopened under new operators in 2000. In January 2010 a fire in nearby stores forced the theatre to close. The theatre suffered some water damage, but was otherwise intact. The Hemet Theatre presents concerts and live theatre performances.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 4, 2004 at 6:27 am

The Film Daily Yearbook 1941 gives a seating capacity of 650. The address given in the 1952 F.D.Y. is given as 200 E. Florida Avenue, Hemet, CA. Seating capacity 632.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 8:47 pm

There were attempts to turn the Hemet into a live theater venue in 2002, according to this article in the Press-Enterprise:
http://tinyurl.com/35797n

monika
monika on March 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

The correct link to the theater’s website is:
http://www.historichemettheatre.com/welcome.html

monika
monika on March 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

Here is a current photo of the theatre, post-fire:
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And also a link to a story about the fire, which hasn’t been mentioned on the theatre’s page yet:
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drb
drb on June 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

The Theatre Historical Society has an article from the Press Enterprise: http://theatrehistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/hemet-theatre-hemet-ca/

OCRon
OCRon on April 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm

The following information was taken from the Riverside-Press Telegram.

William Martin opened the Hemet Theatre Thanksgiving Day 1921. His brother James Martin served as architect and contractor.
Due to competition from Metropolitan and Krikorian Theatres, it became a $1 discount house in 1994 and was initially closed October 26, 1995, by Mr. Martin’s granddaughter, Julie Burgard.

And continuing with Information from the Hemet Theatre website:

In 2000, the Martin family sold the property to two die-hard movie fans, David Bernal and Emerson Bixby.

The business was forced to close in January 2010 when a fire destroyed the adjacent storefronts. Water damage from the firefight had leaked into the auditorium, leaving a musty smell that lingered for a year.

In 2013, the Historic Hemet Theatre Foundation negotiated a 5-year lease/option to purchase the theatre. The Foundation has restored the facility to full operation and has begun raising funds for the purchase and restoration of this historic treasure.

Current seating in 2017: 397.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

Website shows all live venues. No films scheduled.

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