El Rey Theatre
1970 Ocean Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Golden State Theater & Realty Corp.
Architects: Timothy L. Pflueger
The El Rey Theatre was opened on November 14, 1931 with “The Smiling Lieutenant”, starring Maurice Chevalier.
Designed by Timothy L. Pfleuger, who is best known for his work on the Paramount Theatre in Oakland and the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. Following closure as a movie theatre on April 1, 1977 the El Rey Theatre became a church. The church vacated the building in 2015 following bankruptcy. It was sold to developers in 2017 for $1.06 million. Plans are to restore the theatre and construct 42 condominiums on top of the adjoining retail units. The El Rey Theatre was designated a Landmark building in July 2017.
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