California Theater

3310 W. Magnolia Boulevard,
Burbank, CA 91505

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Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Former California Theater

The California Theater had it’s grand opening on December 8, 1950 with David Brian in “Breakthrough” & Jimmy Lydon in “Hot Rod”. The architecture was an Art Moderne style. There was a balcony for adults only and for a time this theater served flavored popcorn.

In the 1970’s, the Burbank Community Church took the building over and in the late-1970’s, re-constructed the theater. The building still retains traces of the old theater’s appearance today.

Contributed by R. Christian Anderson

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

drb on March 1, 2009 at 11:47 am

You can see the California Theater’s tower sign in this photo that was part of the 1959 time capsule that was recently opened:

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Logan5 on July 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Trivia: On the commentary track of the “Back To The Future” (1985) DVD (released in 2002), Producer Bob Gale remarks about the “Town” theater façade as part of the Hill Valley town square set on the Universal backlot. He says “There was an old movie theatre in Burbank that had been changed into a church and that’s how we came up with the idea of making that movie theatre into a church in 1985.” This must be that theatre.

wilberfan on June 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Used to go here a lot as a kid. Only two specific memories: (Odd how selective memories can be.)

1) Sobbing uncontrollably at the end of “King of Kings” (1961). (I was a sensitive kid!)

2) Sitting thru “PT 109” (1963) over and over.

Walked in a few years ago when I noticed the door was open. Very nice pastor showed me around the auditorium.

rivest266 on October 12, 2019 at 10:49 am

This opened on December 8th, 1950. Grand opening ad posted.

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