Arcata Theatre Lounge

1020 G Street,
Arcata, CA 95521

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stevenj on October 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Current photo added.

pnelson on April 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Great art deco exterior. Any pics of interior?

adsausage on April 18, 2016 at 8:10 pm

The Humboldt Forum and Film Society would screen a ton of underground movies here… Warhol etc. Seats were $2.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

CSWalczak on January 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

This page has an historical exterior view of the Arcata; scroll down to see it:

bobdoran on March 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm

The renovated Arcata Theatre Lounge is set to reopen on April 3, 2009.

For photos of the work in progress, go here:

Details on the rehab coming soon (I’m finishing up a piece on the Arcata and the Eureka).

kencmcintyre on October 22, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Here is a March 2004 article concerning the sale of the theater:

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2007 at 4:32 pm

There was a full page ad in the 6-28-52 edition of the Humboldt Standard celebrating George Mann week for his 35 years in Eureka. Full staff lists are given for the Eureka, State, Rialto, Midway Drive-In, Fortuna and Arcata. I won’t copy all the names here, but if someone is looking for an usher or candy girl around that time, let me know and I will look it up.

kencmcintyre on November 22, 2006 at 3:55 pm

On 8/22/56, the Arcata was showing “Doctor at Sea”, along with “The Divided Heart”. The theater’s phone number was VA 2-1727. Other theaters advertised in the Eureka Humboldt Standard that day were the Fortuna (playing the same double bill as the Arcata), the Eureka, the Liberty, the Rialto and the Midway Drive-In.

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2006 at 5:26 pm

Here is an article from January 2000 regarding the purchase of the Minor and Arcata theaters:

jkusler on March 27, 2005 at 4:18 pm

Wow! I went to the web site above and this is going to be a very cool theater! With kitchen facilities, you can have dinner and a movie in one place! The seating chart at the web site showed what appeared to be “sofa” style seats too. More theaters ahve got to do this! I’m in! :–)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2005 at 12:42 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 gives a seating capacity for the New Arcata Theater as 476. In the 1952 edition of FDY the Arcata Theater is listed as having 450 seats and the street address is given as 1020 G Street. Has there been re-numbering over the years?

humbrian on January 7, 2005 at 12:29 pm

You can get a preview of proposed plans and fill out a survey at

psmerd on September 12, 2004 at 8:53 am

According to a newspaper article from May 3, 1940 posted in the lobby of the Noyo theater in Willits on the occation of its opening, William David was the architect of this theater.

holmquistc on March 20, 2004 at 4:37 pm

More good news! The gymansium company that so shamelessly occupied this theater and totally butchered it, finally went bankrupt! Sheesh, I wonder what idiot came up with that idea. Anyways, the theater is now bought and is going to be used in the appropriate way once again. The owner’s are looking for some feedback on how to use the theater. Some extensive history about this theater will also be helpful. You can e-mail the theater at To see an article about the opening of this theater copy and paste this: View link

Winslow on January 16, 2004 at 12:25 am

The good news is that the Arcata Theatre is no longer for sale. Unfortunately, movies will no longer be shown there. Bizarrely, the new owner plans on converting the space into an indoor rock climbing facility (according to the announcement on the still intact marquee). Good luck on the renovation efforts—my guess is asbestos up the ying-yang.