Monache Theatre

520 N. Main Street,
Porterville, CA 93257

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Previously operated by: Principal Theaters Corp. of America

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Monache Theatre - 1920

The Monache Theatre was built in 1916 by Everett and C. C. Howell. It closed sometime in the early-1950’s.

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BLG on November 6, 2008 at 10:01 am

Here is a website with a picture of this theater:

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William on November 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm

The Monache Theatre was operated by Principal Theatres.

MagicLantern on June 19, 2010 at 12:03 am

Entirely obliterated.

AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

“The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, pg. 628, lists the Monarche Theatre as having a two manual, 10 rank Smith theatre pipe organ. This entry does not give any more details such as the installation date, blower serial #, etc.

Does anybody know what happened to this organ and where it (or its parts) are today?


billshaffer on August 20, 2015 at 8:15 pm

The Organ is in the Porterville Musuem…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2016 at 2:10 am

In 1924 the Monache Theatre was being operated by the National Theatres Syndicate, according to the May 24 issue of The Moving Picture World.

rgb_1936 on May 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

In 1946-47 I lived in Porterville..went to Bellview Elem. My friend Kenny and I would go to the Monache early Saturday morning and scrape gum off the floors and from under the seats and for this Mr. Howell would let us go to the Saturday matinee. Great memories. And at the Porter, Mrs. Howell always sat in the back far right loges. Movie tickets were 12 cents in those days. So for a quarter you could go to the Molino as well. Life was good.

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