El Rancho Theatre

16856 C Street,
Victorville, CA 92392

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rivest266 on August 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm

Grand opening ads posted. It reopened as a twin cinema on October 8th, 1976.

MichaelKilgore on July 2, 2021 at 9:43 pm

A column in the May 13, 2016 in the Victorville Daily Press said that the El Rancho was twinned in 1976, and that glimpses of it can be spotted in the movie “Electra Glide in Blue.”

A long article in the July 3, 2016 issue of the Daily Press said that the El Rancho’s grand opening was on June 28, 1950. The final performance, on May 20, 1984, was a free showing of “The Bounty” with Mel Gibson.

At the time of the article, the building was the site of the New Beginning Christian Center.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

A typesetter at Boxoffice must have been drinking heavily. The 1949 issue I cited previously butchered the name of the architect. “Howell Ewald” was actually Howard George Elwell, according to the 1950-51 edition of Jay Emanuel’s Theatre Catalog.

Maybe this link will work.

MagicLantern on July 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

Judging from that photograph, the address is 16856 C Street.

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Here is a more recent photo. The address should be changed to 6th and C Streets.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

Plans for the El Rancho Theatre were announced in the July 16, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The architect was named Howell Ewald.