California Theatre of Performing Arts

562 W. 4th Street,
San Bernardino, CA 92401

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San Bernardino Symphony (Official), California Theatre - San Bernardino (Official)

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: John Paxton Perrine

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: California Theatre, Fox California Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 909.885.5152

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California Theatre - San Bernardino, CA

The California Theatre was opened by West Coast Theatres on August 15, 1928, with Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel” on the screen and a Fanchon & Marco ‘Idea’ “Monkey Shines Idea” starring Charlie Chase on the stage. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual/10 ranks, Model 216 theatre organ. Taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres, it later turned into a performing arts theatre. The Wurlitzer organ is still in the building but has had little use in recent years.

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Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

monika on June 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Four June 2009 photographs I took of the Fox California:
Building: View link
Marquee: View link
Ticket booth:
Ticket booth: View link

JAlex on August 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Stage Dimensions: 48" wide x 30' deep.

nonsportsnut on June 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to verify a late 1936 appearance at the Fox California of the Three Stooges at a Salvation Army benefit, which featured Martha Raye, Leo Carillo, Bob Burns, along with the Three Stooges. Would like to verify the exact date(s) and any other information. My email is: Thanks, Frank Reighter

JAlex on March 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

What is the status of the Wurlitzer organ in this theatre? I just noticed that the theatre does not appear on the ATOS listing of organs in theatres.

rivest266 on May 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

August 15th, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section

DavidZornig on August 16, 2019 at 10:58 pm

Per the Vintage St. Louis & Route 66 Facebook page. “Will Rogers made his last public appearance at the California Theatre in San Bernardino on June 28, 1935 at a benefit for the Salvation Army.”

JRHagan on May 3, 2020 at 9:53 am

The California was used extensively in the TV series “Psych” season 7 episode 15, Psych the Musical from 2013. There are numerous,long shots of both the exterior and interior throughout the episode.

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