Isis Theater

228 N. Euclid Avenue,
Ontario, CA 91762

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Construction of Ontario’s first theater was announced in the Los Angeles Times on February 9, 1910. It was noted that George McKibbon would build a two-story brick theater with 350 seats and it that it should be finished by April.

The Los Angeles Times on March 17, 1915 reported a controversy surrounding the Isis Theater. The previous week a special investigative committee reported that it was unsafe. The city building inspector agreed, declared it unsafe and ordered it closed. It was said, “the Isis, which is a motion picture and vaudeville theater, in no way conforms with the requirements of the law, and in order to put it in proper shape it will be necessary probably to tear it down and rebuild it.” The owners said they would fight such a ruling but no follow-up to the story could be found in the Times

The Isis Theater was listed on the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1912 but later maps show no theater but a reinforced concrete building at the site.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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