Soledad Theatre

177 Kidder Street,
Soledad, CA 93960

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Functions: Office Space, Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Soledad Theatre

The Soledad Theatre opened in June, 1947, one of two new houses to open in the town of Soledad that year. It replaced an earlier Soledad Theatre located on Front Street.

The new Soledad Theatre featured a barrel-vaulted roof carried on laminated wood arches, and was designed in the popular Streamline Moderne style. The Soledad Theatre was in operation into the late-1980’s, but has since been converted to retail and office use.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Two photos depicting the front and the auditorium of the Soledad Theatre were used to illustrate an article on laminated wood construction which appeared in Boxoffice of August 5, 1950. The photos are at the bottom of this page. (To read the beginning of the article, use the “previous page” link. The final four paragraphs of the article are at this link.)

Andres on November 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Wow, Joe! This is a really neat article with some cool photographs. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen those letters on that name sign. Thanks!

YaledMot on February 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The earlier Soledad Theatre was not destroyed by fire. The Johnson Family closed the theatre because they were sick of running the place and their principal business was automtoive sales/service in the southern Salinas Valley. It was only in the last decade or so that the original Soledad Theatre location burned. The theatre pictured above had no relation to the earlier Soledad Theatre. Last I saw, the building above is still standing as an office of some sort.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Linkrot repair: The August 5, 1950, Boxoffice article about the construction techniques used in building the Soledad Theatre is now at this link (I hope. The web site to which the magazine has moved its online archive is cranky as hell.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Yay, my link worked. And so nobody will have to hunt them down, this link should take you to the page with the final four paragraphs of the article.

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