16841 D Street,
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Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.
Previous Names: Victorville Theatre
The Victorville Theatre was opened on May 26, 1945 with Fay Emerson in “Hotel Berlin”. Archives of the Victorville Daily Press say that the Victorville Theatre, which was located in the Halstead building, was taken over by Jack Baldock in 1947 but he closed it in 1950 after he opened the El Rancho Theatre, a block away on 6th Street. The theatre was then used by the Western Amusement company as storage.
A California historical marker points out that the Halstead building housed the first bank in Victorville. The Southwest Portland Cement Company built it in 1917 and according to the Daily Press had been owned by the Robertson family for three generations.
At 7:45 am on April 2, 2010, a fire gutted the building, which was home to five stores that unfortunately shared a common attic. The fire department said the loss was put in the millions. Arson was suspect as there has lately been a series of suspicious fires in the Old Town area.
Fortunately the Route 66 museum, which is separated from the building by a parking lot, was saved from the blaze as they have a photograph of the Victor Theatre and other old Victorville theatre information.
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