225 Main Street,
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This theater was made by partly hollowing out a Nineteenth Century brick commercial building, and adding a concrete stagehouse structure to the rear.
The Pajaro Theatre is listed as (Closed) in the 1941 and 1943 editions Film Daily Yearbook, and is not listed in the 1951 edition Film Daily Yearbook. A photo of Main Street taken during a flood in the 1930’s, clearly shows the 1920’s or 1930’s style marquee and vertical sign still in use. “A family friend who grew up in Watsonville in the 1930’s emphatically referred to the Pajaro Theatre as ‘the flea house’.”
Long before the building was demolished in 1985 or 1986, the front had been remodeled into commercial space, though the stagehouse could clearly be seen.
The site of this former theater, as well as the much later Centre Theatre a few doors down, is now a parking lot for the Post Office built in about 1986.
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