McFarland Theatre

180 W. Kern Avenue,
McFarland, CA 93250

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Previously operated by: Panero Theatres

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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I couldn’t find much on the McFarland Theatre other than seating listed at 440. It was opened in the early to mid-1940’s and closed in the mid-1950’s.

The building is still standing but boarded up.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

A 1944 Boxoffice item says that Frank Panero operated a theater at McFarland. Late in 1945, another item said that Panero had a new theater under construction at McFarland, to cost $70,000. An August 17, 1946, item mentioned that Panero was operating only one theater at McFarland, so the old one must have been closed.

I’ve found no mention of the opening date for the new theater, nor the name of the architect, but Panero built several new theaters in the post-war period, and so far all those I’ve found attributed to an architect (at Selma, Shafter, and Delano) were designed by Vincent G. Raney. He’s the likely architect for this house, too, but I haven’t found confirmation.

tspauld on February 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

A theater called the McFarland Theatre opened on September 5, 1941 in McFarland, owned by Frank Panero, and operated by his son August Panero. The streamline moderne theater building that still stands in McFarland would be appropriate to this date:

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