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Cinema 1 Theatre
Salinas, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Cinema 1 Theatre no longer shows first run movies, and in fact, no longer shows movies at all. According to Cinema Treasures, this theatre originally opened in 1935 as the El Rey Theatre.

 

 

Crystal Theatre
Salinas, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The same here with the Crystal Theatre in Salinas. No shows, no attendance. Is this theatre destined for a renewal with an updated neon sign blade or is it headed for the big theatre in the sky? Time will tell.

 

 

Reel Joy Theatre
King City, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The old Reel Joy Theatre in King City doesn't appear to show movies anymore, even though the exterior still looked to be in good condition.

 

 

Crest Theatre
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Crest Theatre in Fresno is a deco delight complete with colorful front facade and tower.

 

 

Sierra Theatre Delano CASierra Theatre
Delano, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Sierra Theatre is still open for business and showing movies in the downtown area of Delano, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

Nile Theatre
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Nile Theatre Bakersfield CAAs you travel through downtown Bakersfield, check out the historic Nile Theatre, which has been around since the WWII era. This art deco masterpiece is one of the famed S. Charles Lee designed theaters.

According to Cinema Treasures, the Nile was called the Bakersfield Opera House back when it originally opened in 1906 and became the Nile in 1924. The theatre was vacated in 1994 and as of July 2006 is now the Nile Bar & Grill. 08-05

Nile Theatre
Bakersfield, CA
Photo courtesy John King

 

UPDATE 09/10 : (Right) Here's a more recent shot of the former Nile Theatre in Bakersfield. Many thanks to John King for photo update. 09-10

 

 

 

Merced Theatre
Merced, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Merced Theatre still stands tall majestically in downtown Merced. This building built in the early 1930's is built in the Spanish Colonial style.

 

 

 

 

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