145 N. E Street,
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Previously operated by: Westland Theatres
The Exeter Theatre appeared on the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1926, with the larger Airdome next door. An August 14, 1927, report in the Los Angeles Times said that E.V. Cook’s Airdome was open while he was remodeling the Exeter Theatre. A July 30, 1929 report said that Mr. Cook was investing $17,000 in a sound system for the Exeter Theatre.
According to the Times stories, Mr. Cook offered a free movie to the kids every Christmas time. An October 10, 1931 report in the Times said that E.V. Cook had sold the theatre to the Harvey Amusement Co. of Watsonville but was retaining the real estate.
On March 15, 1937, the Times noted that Exeter Theatre owner, C.E. Pease, was starting construction of a $50,000, 750-seat theatre in Exeter, which at the time was said to be a replacement for the Exeter Theatre.
The Film Daily Year Book of 1950 lists 537 seats and the building, with basically the same façade, can be seen today on north E Street. It was operated by the San Francisco based Westland Theatres chain.
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