9 E. Valley Drive,
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Architects: Lewis Arthur Smith
Previous Names: Bard's Garfield Egyptian Theater
Bard’s Garfield Egyptian Theater was opened November 12, 1924 as part of the Valley Grand Building which contained apartments and retail. Designed in an Egyptian syle by noted theater architect Lewis Arthur Smith for the L. Lou Bard chain Far West Theatres Inc. It initially presented vaudeville and movies. All seating was on a single floor. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ. It damaged by a fire in 1928 and repairs were carried out.
Later taken over by the Edwards circuit, the Garfield Theater was closed in the 1980’s, when it had been leased out and was showing Chinese movies. The auditorium has been demolished, but the Valley Grand Building survives, albeit without some of its decorative details on the upper part of the building which were removed years ago due to earthquake damage limitation.
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