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- Jul 24, 2013 — Remembering the Yolo Theatre
Archives of the Woodland Daily Democrat say that the Yolo Theatre was opened by Bill Cornwell on December 25, 1936 with Francis Lederer in “One Rainy Afternoon” and a vaudeville show on stage. It was built on the site of the former National Theatre, which was destroyed in a fire on April 25, 1936. John Garette owned the building but Cornwell leased it from him. The Daily Democrat said that the seats were spaced farther apart than usual and of the 803 seats there were 132 loges on the main floor and in the balcony. The screen was said to be one-third larger than usual. The concrete projection room was soundproof as was the nursery (this was before the term ‘cry room’ was used) with a viewing window located next to it.
Local historian David Wilkinson said it competed for years with the State Theatre and Porter Theater, and was even modernized in the 1950’s with a new façade and streamline marquee.
On October 8, 1962, when it had a Spanish-language film policy, a fire destroyed the Yolo Theatre and it was never rebuilt.
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