Uptown Theatre

118 N. Sutter Street,
Stockton, CA 95202

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rivest266 on June 29, 2022 at 7:36 am

Renamed Uptown on March 29th, 1957. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on June 26, 2022 at 7:28 am

This opened as the Lyric theatre on November 21st, 1913, and renamed many times. Renamed National on April 24th, 1924, Studio on February 8th, 1936, Roxy on December 3rd, 1936, and Lux on December 31, 1952. More to come…

Grand opening ads posted.

itheliving on April 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm

The Lyric etc ended up the Lux and then The Uptown in the early 50’s before being demolished to become a Bank. Greatest and cheapest kid matinees in town.

AndrewBarrett on September 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ”, pg. 629, the “National Theatre” in Stockton, California, had a two-manual Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No other details, such as size (# of ranks), year of installation, or blower info, is available in the book.

Does anybody know any more about this organ and what happened to it? Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

The Stockton history site maintained by Wright Realtors says that the Roxy Theatre opened as the Lyric Theatre and was later called the National Theatre and the Studio Theatre before finally being renamed the Roxy. There are photos of the building about 1/5 of the way down this web page, though the page mistakenly gives the address as 124-130 Sutter (the site’s Stockton Theatres Over the Years page gives the correct address, but only has one of the photos.)

The Lyric Theatre was in operation by 1915. That year a feature in the July issue of the trade journal The Architect and Engineer of California attributed the design of the Lyric Theatre to the Stockton firm Stone & Wright. Stone & Wright were also the architects of the Lodi Theatre, built in nearby Lodi in 1918.