Rainbow Theatre

24 E. Vine Street,
Redlands, CA 92373

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Clifford A. Balch

Functions: Restaurant

Previous Names: Grove Theatre

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Grove Theatre, year unknown. Photo via the Fiftiesville Facebook page.

This opened in the 1940’s as the Grove Theatre, in space that was originally the stage house of the Fox Redlands Theatre. The conversion was carried out by architect Clifford A. Balch. It had its own separate entrance and marquee at the rear of the main building.

Last known as the Rainbow Theatre, it was gutted in the summer of 2003 and has been converted into a restaurant.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

monika on June 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

Here is a June 20, 2009 photograph I took of the Rainbow/Grove:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2010 at 5:17 am

Photos of the marquee and auditorium of this splendid little Art Moderne theatre can be seen in this Boxoffice article from December 6, 1941. There is also a ground-floor plan of the Grove and its parent theater, the Redlands, which shows the relationship between the two houses.

TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Google maps lists a Fox Theatre at this address now.They could be wrong though,anybody know?

monika on July 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

The Rainbow is technically part of the Fox Redlands building.

TLSLOEWS on July 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

O.K. Thanks Monika.

rivest266 on August 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I added the site plan showing both theatres in this page’s photo section.

JAlex on August 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

In its later years it was a two-screen operation.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin on May 15, 2013 at 6:43 am

I spent many hours watching films here as a kid in the summer time. I loved the lobby and always wished for a full restoration. Now, I am in the business of restoring theaters (evergreene.com) but missed out on this opportunity. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Rainbow.

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