Boyes Theater

96 Boyes Boulevard,
Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416

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This was the third theatre in town to be named Boyes Theater. It was opened on November 6, 1948. It was equipped with a Thomas organ which had previously been installed in the second Boyes Theater in 1925. Box-Office magazine reported in November 1956 that a new widescreen had been installed in the Boyes Theater by manager Alan Finlay. It became an adult theatre in 1971 and was closed on April 30, 1978 with Linda Lovelace in “Deep Throat” & “The Devil in Miss Jones”. It was converted into an auto dealership.

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thomasgladysz on October 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I came across advertisements for the Boyes Hot Springs Theatre dating from the mid-to-late 1920’s in the local newspaper, the “Sonoma Index Tribune.” The theatre only advertised during the summer months. Could it be, as a resort, it only screened films during the summer?

The newspaper advertisements I came across also revealed that the theatre featured “dancing every night” with the Shapiro Orchestra. The picture show started at 8:15 pm.

dallasmovietheaters on April 7, 2023 at 9:30 am

There were three Boyes Theater buildings. Gerald MacPerhason opened this third and final location on November 6, 1948 at 96 Boyes Boulevard. The old Thomas Organ that had been situated in the previous theater - it having launched May 20, 1925 - was placed here and remained until it was sold in 1961. The original theatre appears to have opened in 1918.

The New Boyes Theatre was converted to widescreen in 1956 to present CInemaScope titles. Alton W. Finlay took on the theater along with two Petulauma theaters. The Boyes Theatre drew the ire of the community becoming a long-running adult theater beginning in 1971 during the height of the porno chic era of movie exhibition. The theatre closed in style with “Deep Throat” and “The Devil in Miss Jones” at the end of its thirty-year lease on April 30, 1978. In October of 1978, the theatre was converted to a Western Auto retail store.

robboehm on April 7, 2023 at 1:47 pm

Uploaded two postcard images which I believe to be of the second Boyes Theater. I believe this, the third, was a Quonset Hut Theatre.

There was also a multiplex in town, the Sonoma 9 which has its own listing on CT, initially established, incorrectly, in Sonoma.

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