New Turlock Theatre

120 N. Broadway Street,
Turlock, CA 95382

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Architects: Albert W. Cornelius

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New Turlock Theatre Fire

The New Turlock Theatre was opened on April 15, 1920. It was built for A.H. & K. Arakelian, and designed as a brick & steel structure by architect Albert W. Cornelius.

The New Turlock Theatre was destroyed by fire on July 25, 1945. It was replaced by a new Turlock Theatre which opened in 1948.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

If the New Turlock was destroyed in 1945, the photo above can’t be it. The Warrior and the Slave Girl was released in 1958 and The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock in 1959.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I’ve just realized that the movies on the marquee in that photo also contradict the description on the Fox Theatre page, which says that the Fox name was moved to the Turlock Theatre when the first Fox was closed in 1954. The page for the first Fox implies the same thing. But here we have the Turlock name on the marquee with movies released in 1958 and 1959. The name switch had to have been later.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Here is a photo of the 1946 fire that supposedly destroyed the Turlock Theatre. The job was not thorough. The marquee and vertical sign in the 1959 photo appear to be the same ones, only slightly modified from those in the 1946 photo.

I’m thinking that the theater’s walls might have survived the fire. Our listed seating capacity for the rebuilt house is larger, though. The footprint of the auditorium might have been expanded, or perhaps a balcony was added in the rebuilding.

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