Mystic Theatre

23 Petaluma Boulevard N,
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Previously operated by: T & D Jr. Enterprises

Functions: Live Music Venue

Previous Names: State Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Palace Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 707.765.2121

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Mystic Theatre

The Mystic Theatre was originally built in 1911 and opened January 25, 1912. It was closed in 1936. On June 18, 1938 it was reopened as the State Theatre. On November 4, 1977 it was renamed Plaza Theatre. The operators moved their operating to the Washington Square Cinemas on September 4, 1987.

New Management took over on September 18, 1987 and it was renamed Palace Theatre. It was closed as a movie theatre in 1988.

This former movie theatre is now a venue for live music operating with its original Mystic name.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

jwilcox on January 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Very nostalgic at finding this link. I was the projectionist at the then State Theatre from sometime in 1968 until January 1970. Alan Finlay was the owner.

DavidZornig on May 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

There is a brief shot of the State Theater in the background, in a scene in “American Graffiti”. I believe it is when Milner pulls up to save Toad during a beating by the car thieves who stole the `58 Impala. Also when Milner returns to his own car.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

A few 2011 photo can be seen here and here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

The April, 1913, issue of a regional magazine called The Northern Crown contains an advertisement for the Mystic Theatre. No address is given, but assuming it was the same house as the current Mystic Theatre, it has gone back to what was probably its original name.

DavidZornig on March 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

1958 photo fade. Copy & paste link.!/ll/38.233165,-122.639329/id/74015/info/sv/zoom/14/

robboehm on March 28, 2015 at 6:40 am

Briefly seen in a current MacDonalds ad.

DavidZornig on February 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm

I forgot to add that the squad car scene in “American Graffiti” was also shot in front of the then State Theatre. The lot they pull out of is still there as well. Sadly the below Movieclips version does not hold for the reaction shot of the police in their damaged car.

rivest266 on July 5, 2022 at 10:37 am

Closed in 1936 and reopened on June 18th, 1938, as State. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on July 5, 2022 at 1:17 pm

This reopens as the Plaza theatre on November 4th, 1977 and closed and moved to the Washington Square Cinemas on September 4th, 1987. New Management reopens it as the Palace on September 18th, 1987 and closed in 1988.

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