Barstow Cinema 1 & 2

140 W. Main Street,
Barstow, CA 92311

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Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.

Architects: Howard George Elwell

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Barstow Theatre, Barstow Twin

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The Barstow Theatre opened on February 22, 1950 with Broderick Crawford in “Cargo to Cape Town” & Johnny Weissmuller in “Captive Girl”. In the early-1960’s, the Barstow Theatre was part of the Western Amusements chain. Twinned on April 10, 1976, it was closed on November 16, 1988.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

The American Classic Images page I linked to indicated only that the Barstow Theatre had been twinned by 1982.

I notice that all the American Classic Images pages have gone missing, and the links fetch only a page requesting that the domain name registration be renewed. Does anybody know what became of the site and its operator? If it has shut down permanently, it’s going to leave a huge number of dead links all over Cinema Treasures.

Coate on June 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm

I can confirm the Barstow Cinema was twinned in 1976.

MichaelKilgore on July 1, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Early Barstow Theatre notice (ad?)Early Barstow Theatre notice (ad?) 05 Apr 1912, Fri Desert Dispatch (Barstow, California)

I also saw a reference to the Barstow Theatre in the Desert Dispatch in December 1911, though it apparently opened in 1910.

MichaelKilgore on July 1, 2021 at 2:59 pm

The history of Barstow’s theaters, as told in a front-page story in the Desert Dispatch, Feb. 16, 1950:

“Grand opening of the new Barstow theatre on West Main St., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, will give theatre-goers of Barstow and vicinity a chance to see the result of weeks of careful planning and construction by Western Amusement Co. in bringing this ultra modern theatre here. Today’s theatre is a far cry from the first theatre, The Fletcher "Opera” house of the year 1910, where “first class entertainment was held for all.” And it is a tremendous improvement over the Forum theatre which has been the only theatre in Barstow city limits …

“Color scheme of the theatre is restful and blends well with the desert. The ceiling is beize (sic?), side walls soft restfull green, front panels blend from a soft fuschia to a deep wine …

“The early opera house originated from a hall in the fall of 1909, owned by Mrs. Mary Fletcher who rented it for social programs in the early days before the arrival of moving pictures. Later Mrs. Fletcher and her grandson, Homer Humble, with Charles Eagon working as projectionists, opened it for several years … H. L. Miller … rented the building from Mrs. Fletcher using it as a movie picture house. In the fall of 1922 sudden fire destroyed the entire structure.

“Charley Wallace rented the Bauer and Slaton building … and opened a new theater advertising for a name. Forum was finally selected. Mr. Wallace installed a pipe organ to furnish background music and the theater became most popular! In the early 1930s, Justin LaFont became the proprietor and he moved the show to First and Main streets, where it is now located.”

dallasmovietheaters on July 3, 2021 at 11:16 am

The Barstow Theatre launched for Western Amusements Circuit on February 22, 1950 with Broderick Crawford in “Cargo to Cape Town” supported by Johnny Weissmuller in “Captive Girl.”

rivest266 on August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

Last ad for this cinema is November 16th, 1988.

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