112 W. 7th Street,
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Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Styles: Mission Revival
Paramount Theatres built their Inca Theatre on a choice site on W. 7th Street, across from the town square, to be a move-over house for their 2,200-seat Hippodrome Theatre which was located one block away on E. 7th Street.
Exterior of the Inca Theatre was Mission Revival style, while the lobby and auditorium were Southwestern themed with earth toned hues, rough stucco walls, and terra cotta detailing. This theatre had a “reverse” auditorium arrangement; seats faced entrance doors and the silver screen was situated against a lobby wall.
In a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle, Griffith Bros. Theatres was determined to wrestle control of both the tiny Inca Theatre and giant Hippodrome Theatre away from the powerful Paramount Publix chain. Paramount Publix scoffed at such an upstart attempt, but after a 1930 Holloween night fire destroyed the plush Hippodrome Theatre, Paramount Publix lost interest in the Inca Theatre and quickly sold out to Griffith.
For the past fifty years retail space has occupied this former theatre building, but the rusting remains of a corrugated sheet metal projection booth can still be seen jutting out over the rear alley.
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