Valley Cinemas

957 W. Pacheco Boulevard,
Los Banos, CA 93635

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Previously operated by: Central Valley Cinemas

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Cinemas 1 & 2

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During construction of this shopping center theater in 1973, the Modesto Bee said a United General Theatre was due to open here. United General was not connected to National General Theaters or General Cinemas. It is not known if the two-screen theater ever opened as one of United General Theatre’s franchised operations. In 1975 legal problems brought an end to United General’s plan for creating a chain of fully automated turnkey theaters, which could be run by two people.

The operator of the cinema in 1979, as mentioned in the Modesto Bee, was Valley Cinemas, which had locations in Stockton, Manteca and Lodi. An operator in 1987, according to the Fresno Bee, was STM Cinemas, which became Central Valley Cinemas.

The Modesto Bee says that the Valley Cinemas shut down in the early-1990’s. The church, which is in the building today, still has remnants of a theater such as poster cases. The Valley Cinemas was listed in the International Motion Picture Almanac from 1986 to 1988 under independent theaters.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Central Valley Cinemas turned into Silver Screen Amusements. The theatre shut down in 1995 when Silver Screen went bankrupt.

I believe there was also a similar cinema in Gilroy, which to my knowledge still stands vacant since 1995.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

The report on theater construction in 1975 that was published in the May 3, 1976, issue of Boxoffice listed a house at Los Banos called Cinema I & II, opened by Tom Graff. I wonder if that could have been this theater?

I also wonder of the Tom Graff mentioned was the attorney who was a long-time environmental activist in the central valley and state director of the Environmental Defense Fund. He might have built the theater as an investment.

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