1122 4th Avenue,
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Architects: John Paxton Perrine
Firms: Edwards Wildey & Dixon
Styles: Spanish Colonial
News About This Theater
- Oct 24, 2008 — Remembering Cinerama (Part VIII)
This Spanish Colonial Revival style theatre was opened on April 22, 1927 with Constance Talmadge in “Venus of Venice” & a Fanchon and Marco Revue “Book Ideas” on the stage plus Al Lyons and His Band. It seated over 2,200 patrons. It was built by and operated by West Coast Theatres and was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ. It presented vaudeville & movies until 1937 when it became a first run movie theatre. Mann Theatres were the last operators and they closed the California Theatre as a movie theatre in 1976. In 1978/1979 it was used by the Old Globe Theatre after its Balboa Park theatre building was damaged by arson.
The California Theatre was renovated in 1988, and was used as a concert venue, but two years later on June 20, 1990, it was closed after a concert by the Cowboy Junkies and a final concert on the Wurlitzer organ was held on 24th June 1990. The building was scheduled for demolition. The Wurlitzer organ was removed from the theatre soon after closing and was installed in the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley, CA, but it was destroyed in an arson fire in 1996.
In 2001, in addition to restorations, plans called for a wide redevelopment of the entire area, which should bring the theatre back into the spotlight and out from the shadows of time.
In early-2011, plans were progressing to renovate the building and eventually reopen as Davenports Supper Club on April 22, 2013. In 2015 the owner of the building applied for a demolition permit. Demolition permits were granted in April 2017 and demolition was set for 2021. The vacant building still stands in 2023.
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