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Last year the theater was having Friday night movies and was a lot of fun but for some reason has stopped and I don’t see where any movies are playing there. It’s sad that a movie theater is only able to have “live” shows. They need to have a more robust movie schedule and start showing classic movies again.
My sincere wish is that the Syufy family would like to preserve their oldest theater still standing. It would be fantastic to revive the old theater and put it back into operation and show movies again. I would support it 100% and make it a point to go watch movies there again. Great movies should be seen on really big screens and this theater had a very large screen. Sad that is sits in its present condition. The Syufys should take more pride in their history. It would be a small expense for them to put it back into operation and I’ll bet the City of Vallejo would be grateful and actually help them with the refurbishment.
I have seen an old Vallejo newspaper movie listing from 1974 and it showed the Cine 21? having 3 screens, listed as Cine 21a, Cine 21b, and Cine 21c. I still believe that this theater used the Century name before it went to the Cine name. My guess is that it changed when it went to 3 screens.
I worked right across the street at Montgomery Auto Parts. I used to watch the activity at the theater every day. I guess you take it for granted that the theater would always be there.
Seen many movies here back in the 70’s. Good memories.
I don’t remember the name “Cine 21”, I remember “Century 21”, 1960’s-1970’s, so I assume it changed to Cine 21 in the 70’s at some point. Why call it “Cine 21” it actually makes no sense either. The later “Cine 3” does.
I don’t remember it ever being called Cine 21, I remember Century 21 and was a large single screen with a balcony, then around 1980 the balcony was used to create the two additional, small sceens and changed the name to Cine 3 (which sounded odd at the time). I’m sure that this was Syufy first theater that used the “Century” name. Saw Disney’s Jungle Book there as a kid on the big screen in the late 60’s and many other movies before the balcony was converted, I remember seeing Hot Dog… The Movie, on the right hand small screen in 1984 but nothing after that. I wish Syufy would reopen this huge single screen theater and restore it to its formor glory. The area desperately needs help, and restoring all the neon that this building used to have would be a god send to the business' in this neighborhood, I remember it well, it was a beautiful theater. Too bad Syufy abandoned it. I wonder if the family still owns it? Since it was Syufy’s first “Century” theater, they should use some of their fortune and take some pride in their beginnings, and restore and maintain this once great theater.