Best Theatre

1330 E. 14th Street,
San Leandro, CA 94577

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: T & D Jr. Enterprises

Architects: William H. Weeks

Functions: Retail

Styles: Beaux-Arts

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Best Theater San Leandro

Located next to the Best Building at corner of Estudillo Avenue and E. 14th Street. The Best Theatre was opened in 1912. By 1926 it was operated by T & D Jr. Enterprises. It was still open in 1927, but had closed by 1928. The building is still standing, although remodeled greatly into retail spaces

Contributed by Micahel Greenslade

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on January 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

The building is now Citibank on the first floor and law offices on the other floors.

TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm

So this was the BEST?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

The August 1, 1911, issue of Building and Industrial News had this item about a proposed theater in San Leandro:

“Theatre. 1 story and base, brick, $12,500. Architect W. H. Weeks. 251 Kearny St., S. F. Owner Daniel Best. The building has been designed for a modern moving picture house, and will have a seating capacity of about 800 people. There will be a modern ventilating system. The exterior will be faced with pressed brick. The plans for the work are complete and the architect is taking figures on the construction.”
There is a photo of the Best Theatre on page 87 of San Leandro, by Cynthia Vrilakas Simons. Lloyd Bridges Sr., father of the actor, was apparently connected with the theater in some way, as he appears in the photo.

Architect William H. Weeks designed hundreds of buildings in Northern California, a large percentage of them being schools, although Cinema Treasures does currently attribute two other theaters to him.

CSWalczak on November 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

There is additional history and an old advertisement for the Best Theater on this webpage.

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