Carlos Theatre

1224 San Carlos Avenue,
San Carlos, CA 94070

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Carlos Theatre

A wonderful neighborhood theater. The Carlos Theatre was opened on January 11, 1941. It was demolished in the late-1970’s to make way for an office building.

Contributed by Charles Meyerson

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SteveNY on April 1, 2009 at 8:49 pm

In the 1960’s strips of matinee tickets were sold at a low price in elementary schools in San Carlos and Belmont just before summer vacation began. Kids could go to a weekly show at the Carlos which included two cartoons, a Three Stooges short, and a kids movie. The theater was usually so packed that many kids would have to sit in the aisles and on the steps. There must have been little concern for fire laws in those days!

In the later 1960’s Friday and Saturday nights were rough at the Carlos. Teenagers used to fight and set off firecrackers during the show. This eventually let to a helmeted San Carlos police officer being stationd inside the theater to maintain order.

larrygoldsmith on May 24, 2009 at 4:03 am

In the 60’s, I don’t think there was any Bay Area theatre that did'nt have the same thing going on EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

Kiddie Matinees you mention was a standard at ALL Bay Area Fox Theatres. Some Fox houses ran those “strip ticket” shows even in the winter, but only on Saturday mornings before regular matinee shows.

Better yet, do you remember when Broadway Markets sponsered Kiddie Shows, when they gave the tickets away for free???

seymourcox on July 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm

1946 LIFE interior photos of the Carlos,
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ajtarantex on January 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

This was a nice theatre I grew up at this theater My Mom was the first Woman manager for NGC theatres and this was the 2nd theatre, She Managed First she was at the FOX in redwood city then she took over the Carlos from there she went to The FOX Stanford, then Mann Closed all the Fox Theaters on the Peninsula. I loved the Carlos it was a very busy theater when it was booked. I remember we played WILLARD to packed houses daily. then Eureka Federal Savings bought the property and tore the teater down and built the entire corner downtown with office buildings and the bank and a penthouse living space.

larrygoldsmith on January 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Before managing the above mentioned theatres, this same lady was Bill Tannehill’s assistant manager at the FOX THEATRE in Burlingame for many years.During that time my aunt, Ann Campbell was Lou Singer’s assistant at the FOX THEATRE in Redwood City for 12 years.

larrygoldsmith on January 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

By the way Mitch….. Your mom was working at the FOX in Burlingame when she took a maternity leave….for guess who!!???

TomBoucher on June 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

We lived on Prospect Street and used to ride our bikes to the Saturday matinee. You could get free tickets at the cigar store right across the street. After the matinee, and if there wasn’t a single person in the shop Pat, next door to the cigar store, would give us a haircut even though Saturday was for men only.

I sure was sad to see it gone. I guess Saturday morning cartoons and serial cliffhangers isn’t enough.

rivest266 on July 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Jan 11, 1941 grand opening ad in photo section.

stevenj on May 29, 2017 at 5:46 am

I found all of cmyerson’s blurry photos in the UCLA Special Collections S. Charles Lee Papers online and have added much sharper images to this page. Apparently cmyerson has not seen the requests to re upload them. Also added are 1 exterior photo from the 40’s, a conceptual rendering from Lee, and 2 photos of the demolition and an exterior shot I took in late fall of 1976.

KimoKaneohe on April 29, 2018 at 3:23 am

I just stumbled onto this thread about the San Carlos Theater! I’m wondering if the “Woman Manager” referenced by ajtarantex was working there in the 1960’s? I was hired by a “Woman Assistant Manager” in 1962/3. The General Manager at that time was Arthur Kloth. He went on to manage the Oakland Fox Theater. Additional Trivia: Arthur Kloth was the inventor of the Popcorn Scoop as reported in Popular Science Monthly, January 1950.

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