206 W. Bonita Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Architects: Sumner Maurice Spaulding
The Village Theatre was designed by Sumner Spaulding, a prominent Los Angeles architect, best known for his design of Green Acres, the estate built by silent-screen legend Harold Lloyd. Spaulding’s firm also is credited for the Avalon Theatre on Santa Catalina Island.
Preliminary 1939 plans showed that the Village Theatre was to contain 500-600 seats and up to six stores. Located in Old Town Claremont, it opened on January 17, 1940 with Will Fyfe in “To the Victor”. It was a Fox West Coast Theatre for many years and was closed in 1979. It is now the Harvard Square Restaurant with an antique shop occupying the former auditorium.
It’s worth a visit to spend some time in Old Town with its small-college-town atmosphere and many coffee shops and restaurants for reading the Sunday papers or browsing in the shops.
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