Finke Theatre

312 N. High Street,
California, MO 65018

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Texas2step on May 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm

The original Finke Opera House was designed by architect Jerome B. Legg of St. Louis, Missouri.

SethG on May 11, 2019 at 11:46 am

Not sure when exactly it started showing movies, but it was between 1908 and 1917. Sanborn maps show there was a pool room and bowling alley in the basement. The theater is listed as being on the first floor with the Masons and Odd Fellows meeting on the second. The balcony at this point was a deep horseshoe shape, not the small flat-fronted affair, which must date from some long ago remodel.

DAL on November 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

This location has been restored and is now open and operates as the Finke Theater, for live performances only.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Here is some information about the restoration project:

DSnow on March 27, 2005 at 6:02 pm

California Progress, Inc. is restoring the Ritz to its previous incarnation as the Finke Theatre; those interested in making tax credit donations may call (573) 796-4071.