West Side Theatre
1331 Main Street,
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West Side Theatre (Official)
Architects: Simeon Charles Lee
Functions: Live Performances
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Opened as the West Side Theatre Theatre on August 1, 1940 with Allan Jones in “The Boys from Syracuse”. It had seating for 685 and mainstream movies were shown for 40 years before devoting its last days to Spanish-language films.
The theatre was converted to a roller skating rink in 1984 but soon fell into disrepair.
In 1996, the city of Newman took over the property and a non-profit organization – the West Side Theatre Foundation – was formed. Using volunteers and donations, the road to refurbishment began.
Today the exterior is exactly like it was during its golden years, down to the tile and glass ticket booth. The conventional row seating in the auditorium has been removed in favor of cabaret seating, accommodating 200.
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