Carlsbad Village Theatre

2822 State Street,
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Functions: Conference Center, Live Performances, Special Events

Styles: Spanish Baroque

Previous Names: Carlsbad Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 760.720.2460

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Carlsbad Village Theatre ... Carlsbad California

This theater was constructed in 1926-27 at a cost of $40,000 and was designed in a Spanish Eclectic style with seating for 600. It originally stood in the middle of a field. The first film shown in 1927 was Clara Bow’s "It", a rather racy film for the time.

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hownowbrownpaul on December 29, 2005 at 1:36 am

Website of current owner:

Contains a few pictures of renovated auditorium.

hownowbrownpaul on April 2, 2006 at 1:09 am

There is one photo of the theater at this site: View link

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2007 at 2:42 pm

From the LA Times, 3/3/90:

Carlsbad Theater Won’t Be Razed

The owners of the vaudeville-era Carlsbad Theater indicated this week that they have dropped plans to demolish the 63-year-old building and are negotiating to reopen it as a movie house showing classic films.

The Normandins threatened to seek a city demolition permit, believing that state law required all unreinforced masonry buildings like theirs to be strengthened by next year. The family argued that they couldn’t afford such expensive earthquake renovation and would lose their liability insurance on the property if they didn’t comply with the law.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2009 at 12:20 am

I’ve searched all the usual sources and can’t find any references to either Roy Chase or R.E. Struve as architects, and few references to them of any sort. The California Index contains one card citing a 1928 L.A. Times article saying that R.E. Struve was financing the construction of a building at Encinitas, and there’s a PDF about the coast highway citing a couple of 1925 Oceanside Blade articles saying that Roy Chase had built a hotel there. As far as I’ve been able to discover, neither Chase nor Struve was an architect, but both were local developers.

Until some convincing evidence turns up, I’m inclined to say that the actual architect of this theater remains unknown.

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