Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

410-20 G Street,
Eureka, CA 95501

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Architects: Franklin T. Georgeson, James Reid, Merritt Reid

Firms: Reid Brothers

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Sweasey Theatre, Loew's State Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 707.442.1956

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Opened on December 16, 1920 as the Sweasey Theatre, it was taken over by Loew’s Inc. in 1921 and renamed Loew’s State Theatre. In 1929, the interior was destroyed by fire and it was renovated. In June 1943, another fire did some damage and also considerable water damage was incurred. After years as a movie palace, the Loew’s State Theatre was closed in 1973 and was turned into Daly’s Department store.

Daly’s closed in 1995 and was abandoned for over ten years. The local university, Humboldt State, looked into using it for performing arts but finally backed out, possibly because the building required too much work. Its decaying state became something of an eyesore.

It was purchased by the Arkley’s in 2003 and renovation/restoration work began. In 2007 it was re-opened as the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

holmquistc on March 5, 2006 at 7:40 pm

Local conservative rich philanthropists Rob & Cherie Arkley have bought this theater and have almost completed the restoration apparently. They are saying that the theater will open in 2007 under the new name “The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts”. This theater was christened the Richard Sweasey Theater theater after the mayor of Eureka of that time. The theater is rightfully called “The Richard Sweasey Theater” and will be forever.

holmquistc on March 5, 2006 at 7:41 pm

By the way, more information can be found at They were handing out informational brochures about their restoration at this month’s arts alive.

holmquistc on August 3, 2006 at 8:35 am

Richard Sweasey was the mayor of Eureka in the 1920s.

holmquistc on February 7, 2007 at 6:43 pm

This theater is now completely (to its mostly former glory) by the Arkleys. Go to for more info. It is now open and is a performing arts venue.

Evan39 on March 9, 2007 at 2:39 pm

This theater reopened on Friday night, February 2 with a sold out performance by Kenny Rogers. The next day the theater opened for an open house for the community which included tours, live music and food. I was on the first tour of the afternoon and we were shown the entire theater from the green rooms to the kitchen to the backstage area, bathrooms, and the catacombs under the theater. The theater currently does not have a projection booth and is intended for live performances but we were told they will be purchasing a digital projector.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on June 12, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I have a January 1925 program from this theater, which can be seen here.

TLSLOEWS on January 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

Another old Loews to add to my list.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

You can see the back of the building here.

Mikeyisirish on November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

You can see the front of the building here.

DavidZornig on November 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

1932 photo added credit Doris Clarke Patterson Collection. 1935 photo & description added credit Humboldt County Historical Society.

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