T & D Theatre

129 W. 7th Street,
Hanford, CA 93230

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Previously operated by: Golden State Theater & Realty Corp., T & D Jr. Enterprises

Functions: Housing, Retail

Previous Names: Hanford Opera House

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The Hanford Opera House, built in 1893 was opened April 24, 1893. It is listed on the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1898, inside the Artesia Hotel. By 1915 it was screening silent movies and had been equipped with a Wurlitzer organ. In March 1917 it was taken over by Turner & Dahnken and renamed T & D Theatre. In 1925 the maps listed it as the T & D Theatre, inside the Kings Hotel.

The Film Daily Yearbook of 1921-23 said the theater was an “Important first-run house". It was taken over by Golden State Theatres in 1926, but a fire in June 18, 1927 while the 1928 closed the theatre. Repairs were carried out, but it never reopened as a movie theatre, going into a mixed use facility in 1932.

The 1950 maps show the theatre auditorium gone and combined into the hotel. The hotel, on the corner of W. 7th Street and N. Irwin Street, was restored in 1986 and converted to shops and 34 apartments.

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dallasmovietheaters on November 23, 2019 at 5:17 am

The Hanford Opera House launched April 24, 1893. In 1915, a large, $8,000 Wurlitzer pipe organ provided live music accompaniment as the Opera House moved to feature film presentations. In March of 1917, Turner and Dahnken / T & D took on the location. with an automated entry system. On December 19. 1925, T & D took on the Pastime Theatre and created the New T & D Theatre there.

The opera house got another chance when Golden State Theatres took on the former opera house in 1926 under the Golden State Theatre launching November 20, 1926 with “The Marriage Clause.” But a June 18, 1928 fire badly damaged the facility’s facade with equipment removed in August of that year. Rebuilt, the opera house became a mixed-use property in 1932. A major renovation in the 1980s turned it into a hotel opening in 1986.

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