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California Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
1122 Fourth Ave
San Diego CA

Record #13451  
 Opened: April 22, 1927
 Closed: 1991
 Current Use:
Capacity: 2200 seats
Architect(s): John Paxton Perrine
Architectural Style(s): Spanish Colonial
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: New California
 Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, National General Theatres, Mann Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by David E. Young.

The theater was closed in 1991.

Its seating capacity was changed from 2200 to 1750 in 1964 during a lobby expansion.

The architect was John Paxton Perrine. He also designed several other cinemas and theatres for West Coast Cinemas and Fox Theatres, incouding co-designing the San Francisco Fox. He went on to design commercial buildings and ocean ports, and eventually the Oakland Airport runways, which are still in use today. He invented the California Earthquake Code in building, and all of his designs have survived every earthquake.

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April 2004 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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April 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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June 2003 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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Last featured 3/20/2005. Last edited 1/3/2021.

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