Mystic Theatre

23 Petaluma Boulevard North,
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Previously operated by: T & D Jr. Enterprises

Functions: Live Music Venue

Previous Names: State Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Palace Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 707.765.2121

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MYSTIC Theatre; Petaluma, California.

Originally built in 1911 and opened January 25, 1912, this former movie theatre is now a venue for live music.

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GaryParks on August 15, 2007 at 9:09 pm

This theatre was also called the State, at one point. It was the Plaza when I photographed the exterior in 1984. My photo shows it playing a double feature of “Kagemusha,” and “Throne of Blood.” A year or two later, it had been renamed Palace. By the late 1990s, it had been renamed McNear’s Mystic.

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Here is an undated photo of the State:

jwilcox on January 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Very nostalgic at finding this link. I was the projectionist at the then State Theatre from sometime in 1968 until January 1970. Alan Finlay was the owner.

DavidZornig on May 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

There is a brief shot of the State Theater in the background, in a scene in “American Graffiti”. I believe it is when Milner pulls up to save Toad during a beating by the car thieves who stole the `58 Impala. Also when Milner returns to his own car.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

A few 2011 photo can be seen here and here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

The April, 1913, issue of a regional magazine called The Northern Crown contains an advertisement for the Mystic Theatre. No address is given, but assuming it was the same house as the current Mystic Theatre, it has gone back to what was probably its original name.

DavidZornig on March 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

1958 photo fade. Copy & paste link.!/ll/38.233165,-122.639329/id/74015/info/sv/zoom/14/

robboehm on March 28, 2015 at 6:40 am

Briefly seen in a current MacDonalds ad.

DavidZornig on February 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm

I forgot to add that the squad car scene in “American Graffiti” was also shot in front of the then State Theatre. The lot they pull out of is still there as well. Sadly the below Movieclips version does not hold for the reaction shot of the police in their damaged car.

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