Rustic Theatre

54290 N. Circle Drive,
Idyllwild, CA 92549

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Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Rustic

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 951.659.2747

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Rustic Theatre

The 250-seat Rustic Theatre in Idyllwild, California was opened in 1952. It shows a variety of movies from first run to independent films.

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Knatcal on January 26, 2006 at 6:31 am

I saw “Born on the Fourth of July” at the Rustic Theater while camping in the San Jacinto Mountains. That was not my usual activity while camping but it was enjoyable. I remember a video rental in the lobby of the theater.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 7:43 pm

The theater is currently listed for sale at $795,000:

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 24, 2008 at 7:42 pm

This place looks so cool….

m00se1111 on August 27, 2023 at 2:20 am

Bit more history… “Nina and Glenn Froehlich, who worked for the California Electric Power Company (later to become Edison Company), were married in 1933.

The couple moved to Idyllwild with their two children in 1941 to live in the power company house to provide electric service to the 200 customers of that time.

In 1949, Nina Mae and Glenn began spending their weekend evenings running the first theatre in Idyllwild at the present Silver Pines Lodge. They completed construction of the Rustic Theatre in 1952 and moved the operation to its present location. This was a “side job” to their primary employment with Edison Company which continued to serve the growing communities of Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Garner Valley and Anza.

In 1962, Nina Mae and her husband retired from the Edison Company and sold the Rustic Theatre in order to give full attention to the Idyllwild Inn, which they had purchased from owner Jerry Johnson. For the next 18 years, they refurbished the buildings and enjoyed the “innkeeping” business until their final retirement in 1980.

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