Carmel Hill Theatre
71 Soledad Drive,
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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: Hill Theatre
This theatre was built by and operated through the Monterey Theatres Company which was later purchased by United California Theatres and later still UA. The theatre was later sold for retail use.
The Carmel Hill Theatre was built as an art house. The theatre opened in the early-1950’s. While it resembles a quonset hut style, it was not a typical quonset hut structure and was much more substantially constructed.
The structure still stands, having been used for various retail purposes since its art house days ended. The arched building sits at the north end of the Monte Vista shopping center on Soledad Drive.
A photo taken of the theatre’s interior in the early-1950’s, clearly shows a Hammond organ in front of the stage with two Leslie speakers on the floor at each end of what would have been an orchestra pit in an older theatre.
The Carmel Hill Theatre ceased being a theatre decades ago and has been in use for many other businesses including a furniture store and a beauty shop. In 2009, it is a dance studio and ballroom.
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