San Fernando Theater

303 S. Brand Boulevard,
San Fernando, CA 91340

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Architects: A. Godfrey Bailey

Previous Names: Cody Theater

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San Fernando Theater

All I know about the Cody Theater, later known as the San Fernando Theater, is that it was operating in the early 1920’s. Any further information on the San Fernando Theater would be appreciated.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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MagicLantern on November 11, 2005 at 3:33 pm

Known as the San Fernando Theatre from 1935 through 1961 at least.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Status should be closed/demolished, following the Sylmar quake in March 1971:

The San Fernando Theater at 303 S. Brand Blvd. was so severely damaged in the quake that it has been razed. John Rennie’s Crest Theater at 214 N. Maclay Ave. also was closed due to major damage. Rennie’s Town Theater at the northeast corner of Truman St. and Maclay Ave. had been razed earlier to make way for a service station and work was under way on this project when the quake struck. San Fernando no longer has a theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 21, 2007 at 12:46 pm

The Cody/San Fernando Theatre was designed by architect A. Godfrey Bailey. His completion of the preliminary plans was announced in the April 2, 1924 issue of Southwest Builder & Contractor.

The photo to which Lost Memory linked above has been moved. It is now located here. It should be noted that there is a discrepancy in dates from the two sources. The caption information with the photo claims that the theatre was already open in 1923, a conclusion apparently based on the fact that the movie advertised on the marquee had been released in that year.

Architect Bailey also did a 1924 remodel of the Cameo Theatre on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

BillCounter on April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

The Avenue Theatre asked about by Lost Memory is not on Cinema Treasures. And it’s not in the San Fernando Valley but in Cebu City, Phillipines.

Scroll through this souvenir booklet & you’ll find it:

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm

The Cody had Wurlitzer pipe organ, opus 834, style D, II/6. The most common of all the Wurlitzer organs. The “D” and its variants were their most popular model. #834 was shipped to the Cody on May 27, 1924. This version of the “D” was a single chamber model, as opposed to the “stereo” installations where parts of the organ flanked both sides of the proscenium. Its fate unknown, but likely destroyed.

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