Orland Theater

809 Fourth Street,
Orland, CA 95963

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Architects: Frederick W. Quandt

Functions: Church, Youth Center

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Originally dating from the 1920’s. The Orland Theater was remodeled in 1942 to the plans of architect Frederick W. Quandt. A modest little building. Rather plain, but the Streamline roofline is interesting. The three terra cotta medallions on the facade are an archaic touch.

It’s now some sort of church/youth center. The interior appears only slightly altered, and the most interesting feature remains; two oversize plaster statues of knights in the lobby. At least I’m pretty sure the church didn’t install them.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

tomdelay on August 25, 2005 at 8:29 pm

Orland was also the birthplace of the legendary theatre organist George Wright in August 1920.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm

An Orland Theatre at Orland was offered for sale in the classified section of Movie Age, issue of September 14, 1929. The asking price for the business, including the building, was $10,000. It was the only theater in the town. The moderne facade must be the result of a remodeling, unless the theater moved to a new building at some time. I can’t find a date for either a remodeling or a move.

The Orland Theatre is mentioned again in various issues of Boxoffice from 1939 to 1972, with most mentions concentrated in the early to mid-1950s. It changed hands and was closed and reopened several times, and apparently was always under independent operation.

Orland is a market town of about 6000 located in one of California’s major olive growing regions. The nearest operating movie theaters to the town today are located in Chico, about twenty miles east.

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 7:54 am

A November 2012 photo can be seen here.

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