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Are there any photos of the original facade and interior anywhere?
This would be a great building to restore. So beautiful in it’s original design. I wish the UK would take more pride in it’s theaters.
Less than 5% of the original interior survives.
The entrance was on South Dora. The State Street address was for the office. The site is now low-incomes apartments and sweat equity housing.
The Music Hall also has a place in TV history. Betty White’s very first sitcom, 1952’s “Life With Elizabeth”, was produced here.
Two multiplexes in Woodland would be a waste of money. Restoring the State and adding to it is the best option for such a small city.
As for the film, if you can choose an American film from before 1923 it will be in the public domain and you can show it without having to pay for it. You would probably need a theatre with digital projection and a DVD player.
It was a night club, not a movie or legit theatre. It’s now a TV studio (has been for a few decades) used by Nickelodeon. It’s most important show was “Star Search” in the 1980s. iCarly is done there now.
This makes sense seeing that the movie was partially filmed on Broadway.
The last theatre to be named the Alcazar still stands, but what was used to show films I am not sure. The bottom floor is a parking garage and the doors to the upstairs do not look like they have been opened in years. It is a nice looking building and it is sad it is in the condition it is in.
Is it possible to get a screen capture of the theatre and post in flickr? DVD’s like this are not easy to come by for those of us that live in small towns. I can remeber watching a new report on an entertainment show about his using a theatre for one of his videos, but it has been well over a decade. I remember that it was a really wonderful theatre.
The Ukiah Theatre has recently been modernized. I have not been inside yet but do know that the last remaining component of the original auditorium was removed (the handrail for the raised seating in the back of the auditorium). The City of Ukiah underwent a giant tree planting campaign a few years ago and planted trees in the sidewalk right infront of the vertical sign. There are also powerlines and poles that make it hard to see the marquee unless you are very close to it.
The website for the Ukiah Theatre, which is now operated by Regal Entertainment, is http://www.regmovies.com
The Fox Oakland is raising money for a major restoration. The marquee and vertical sign have already been restored as well as the outside lobby area. It has been closed for many years and there was major damage caused by water (mold and mushrooms on the carpets).
Their site is http://www.foxoakland.org/
It was a shock to see that when this classic Art Deco theatre was remodled, the owners chose to use victorian style molding and ligth fixtures in the lobby. All that remains of the original lobby is the cornice molding. What a shame they did not choose to restore/enhance the buildings art deco origins.
According to “American Picture Palaces” by David Nalor (1981) the interior was still intact and the store used it to show off its displays. There is even a wonderful color photo of the interior on page 191.
Photos of what the interior looks like today can be seen at View link
The wonderful marguee and vertical sign are long gone. I saw “Home Alone 2” here opening night back in 1992, and was highly disapointed with the condition of the auditorium I was in. I just hope they have fixed it up since then. It would be wonderful, seeing that there is a multiplex down the street, to see this theatre restored as well as others in the area.
According to the website the history is:
The Oaks Theater was originally opened in 1925. It was designed by the Reid Brothers, the architects of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland and the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
The Oaks Theater was leased to Renaissance Rialto in October 1994. It was immediately closed for a short time for restoration and renovation which gave this beloved neighborhood theater the look and feel to a classic movie palace. The Oaks was reopened in December 1994.
Noteworthy decorative additions to the theater are:
Chandeliers from the Fox Theater, Oakland
Wood and etched glass doors from the Garden Theater (San Jose)
Custom made light fixtures along the walls were made from decorative pieces scavenged from the long closed T & D Theater in Oakland’s downtown.
Original Oaks Theater chandeliers which were purchased by Renaissance Rialto from the operators of the Oaks Theater in the 1980’s were restored and reinstalled.
Only a small portion of the orignal building survives. It is a brick wall covered in metal siding. It can be seen in the rear parking lot of the building to the south. Much of the brick from the demolition was reused in the current structure. The brick can been seen inside on some of the walls. The brick was also used for the exterior walkways.
Thanx so much for clearing up the confusion over the other El Capitain theatre. In many large cities there have been many theatres with more than one name, and one name can end up being used over time for many different places.
If I am not mistaken, this is the theatre were many of Hollywoods greatest TV shows were broadcast. Texaco Star Theatre came from here as well as many others. I know that they came from the El Capitan Theatre in the LA area. It should be the same theatre that was renamed the Hollywood Palace for the TV show of the same name in the 1960s.
The Rafael has been open for a many years now after being restored and rebuilt. It is used as an art house. The balcony was removed and a new theatre was built in its place. Part of the building was demolished so that a 3rd theatre could be created.
The photo on your site of the Presidio is not of the actual theatre mentioned above. The photo is of the one that was once on the military base.
With in the past 7 years the Orpheum was closed and the interior restored. The pink color that the auditorium was painted is no more. The stage was brought out into the audience more so that the backstage could be rebuilt and enlarged for traveling broadway shows. It has an amazing spanich themed interior.
Not much of the original interior of the Golden Gate survives. Much of what is seen today is a recreation. The cieling of the lobby was found to be intact when the newer lobby was gutted. In place of much of the fine details of the original design are sound boards.