Plaza Theatre

140 Pajaro Street,
Salinas, CA 93901

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Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Rodeo Theatre, Teatro Plaza

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Planned as the Rodeo Theatre, it opened as the Teatro Plaza on March 24, 1951. This was yet another theatre in the downtown area owned by the Friedrich Family.

The theatre building still stands at 140 Pajaro Street and is in magnificent condition. The building was totaly rehabilitated by the Apostolic church that has been using the theatre for several years.

The 1972 Salinas Business Directory shows the theatre being owned by Mrs. Beatrice F. Friedrich.

Contributed by Tom DeLay

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

GaryParks on January 5, 2007 at 4:00 am

The Plaza was still showing movies (in Spanish) in 1983. I remember exploring theatres in downtown Salinas at this time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 28, 2009 at 5:58 am

The L.A. Library’s California Index has a card citing a theater catalog (no publication date given) which contains an illustration of the plans for the Rodeo Theatre in Salinas by architect Vincent G. Raney.

GaryParks on March 2, 2009 at 5:11 am

Vinecent Raney was an architect who really spanned the decades and styles of movie theatre design. The rather typical, but very attractive Court theatre in Livingston is his—late 1930s, and he designed the streamlined Rita in Vallejo for the Syufys, and would later become their architect for the Century domes of the 60s and the multiplexes they would build into the 1990s. Raney was indeed the man behind the Century look, from the architect’s standpoint.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

Architect Vincent Raney’s rendering of the facade of the proposed Rodeo Theatre was presented in the “Just Off the Boards” feature of Boxoffice Magazine, January 5, 1946. There’s also a head shot of the architect.

GaryParks on July 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

The 1945 Edition of Theatre Catalog shows both a rendering and floor plans of the Plaza from Raney’s drawing boards, though the theatre was originally to have been called the Rodeo. The facade as seen today is nothing like it was originally designed, though when I first saw it and it was still running movies, it was much like what is seen today.

lybbyerm on May 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Hi, does anybody have any information on why the Plaza began to show Mexican films? This is for research purposes. Thanks.

rivest266 on March 3, 2019 at 7:38 pm

Se inauguró el 24 de marzo de 1951 como Plaza y se cerró en 1984 con películas españolas y mexicanas. Gran anuncio de apertura publicado.

This opened on March 24th, 1951 as Plaza and closed in 1984 showing Spanish and Mexican movies. Grand opening ad posted.

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