Briggsmore Theatre

2001 McHenry Avenue,
Modesto, CA 95350

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MSC77 on April 3, 2023 at 12:02 pm

A chronology of Modesto’s 70mm presentations history has recently been published. The Briggsmore gets several mentions in the piece.

50sSNIPES on August 20, 2022 at 3:29 pm

Closed In August 1999.

jvcaprice on April 14, 2015 at 11:31 pm

OOPS! The film I am referring to here is 1965’s “The Sound Of Music.”

jvcaprice on April 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm

The Briggsmore Theatre was the fancy theatre in Modesto when I was growing up. I remember going to it not too long after it opened with my mother and grandmother. It was the spring of 1967. The cost of a ticket was $2.50 for an adult ticket, and I was 12 years old when we saw it, and I looked it! LOL. What a beautiful theatre it was. I would wind up doing graphics for movie theatres in Modesto several years later, including ones for the Briggsmore! What nice memories I have of Modesto.

JAVA1888 on May 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

The old Briggsmore is still technically there. Only the newer addition was demolished, the original 1967 structure is still around. A credit union gutted the interior and the exterior is unrecognizable. The old cement walls are still visible in the back of the building.

UCMGuy on November 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I think I was the one who originally posted that George Lucas previewed American Graffiti at the Birggsmore in 1973, and did a meet-and-greet for his hometown audience.

I have lots of fond memories of going to the Briggsmore in the 80s as a child (I saw the original Clash of the Titans a bunch of times there). I ended up working there in the late 1990s, just before it closed down. Those were bittersweet times for the Briggsmore.

JCL on January 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

Correction: Meant to type Mike ‘Rivest’, but my ‘thumb’ got in the way…sorry Mike.

JCL on January 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Thanks to Mike Revest for the posting of the Modesto Bee ads for the Briggsmore/Prescott opening.

I was hoping, (by now) that Cinema Treasures would be ‘hosting’ photos again. I still have all the original Bee ad pages as shown.

One error in ‘opening coverage page’ was that the Bee accidently switched photos of Richard Mann, (Briggsmore owner) and Robert Lippert, Prescott owner).

Couple of other trivia items: in my initial Briggsmore comments and info in posting above I did not mention that the theatre was fitted with a ‘bank’ of vending machines in lobby, instead of consession snackbar. Mr. Mann decided he wanted “no popcorn, hot dogs, etc” served…only drinks and candy. That turned into operation-maintainence problems, ie: extreme long lines at intermissions and the breakdown of machines. The company that owned and maintained them, (Servomation) was very prompt in sending out repair teams, and at one point had to station a service rep in the lobby. Briggsmore finally refitted with consession bar.

Also, Modesto had really bad rain storms the week prior to opening. The parking area for the theatre, (in shopping center) was not yet paved. It was a huge muddy mess. Contractor laid a makeshift walkway platform from the theatre front to the paved area at Bank of America that fronted McHenry Ave.

Jim Lewis

rivest266 on January 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Became a 7-Plex on December 18th, 1981 ad is at View link
you may have to pan a page or two to bring it in.

rivest266 on January 5, 2010 at 1:04 am

Google news archive’s microfilm for the opening (with the drive-in) starts at View link
for the next 5 pages.

Coate on July 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm

What happened to all of the comments on this page??? There used to be several posts, some theater history info and an argument or two. Did a computer glitch wipe them all out? Or were they deleted by a moderator?