1317 State Street,
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Arlington Theatre (Official)
Operated by: Metropolitan Theatres
Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Firms: Edwards & Plunkett
Previous Names: Fox Arlington Theatre
News About This Theater
- Nov 12, 2007 — Magnificent Morton Wonder Organ plays again at The Loew's Jersey
- Nov 16, 2004 — "Cinema Treasures" in Newsweek and Budget Travel
This Mission Revival/Atmospheric styled theatre built for the Fox West Coast Theatres circuit in 1931 has been beautifully restored. It opened on May 22, 1931 with Janet Gaynor in “Daddy Long-Legs”. It had 1,776 in orchestra and loges.
In 1973 the loge seating was replaced by regular seating, increasing the total seating capacity to 1,825. In 1976 additional rows of seating were added to increase the seating capacity to 2,025. The Arlington Theatre and its Atmospheric Spanish Mission Revival style interior is just one part of its majesty. After walking past the free-standing ticket booth, under the marquee and through the Spanish courtyard and fountains, visitors enter the small lobby on their way into movie paradise.
Entering the theatre, the auditorium is flanked on both sides by faux-Spanish Mission Revival style villas while lanterns, windows and staircases adorn both walls. The ceiling is also filled with twinkling stars that give the illusion that the viewer is watching a film in an outside courtyard. It is equipped with a Robert-Morton 4 manual 27 ranks ‘Wonder’ organ which was removed from the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJ in 1975.
The Arlington Theatre is a can’t miss experience and a beautifully restored example of the great Fox palaces of the past.
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