Lorin Theatre

3332 Adeline Street,
Berkeley, CA 94703

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Previously operated by: Golden State Theater & Realty Corp.

Architects: Alexander Aimwell Cantin, James W. Plachek

Functions: Church

Styles: Italian Renaissance

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Lorin Theatre

The first Lorin Theatre was built in 1909 at 3330 Aseline Street. It was closed on March 5, 1916 and was demolished. A second Lorin Theatre was built, opening on June 24, 1916. It was remodeled in 1920 to the plans of architect James W. Plachek, reopening January 27, 1921. It was remodeled again in 1931 to the plans of architect Alexander Aimwell Cantin. A further remodel occured in 1935.

The Lorin Theatre was still open in 1950, but had closed by 1952. It is now a church.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

gsmurph on October 28, 2003 at 8:28 pm

The former Lorin is today (and has been for a number of years) known as Phillips Temple Church. It is still an impressive sight (at least in terms of its facade).

gsmurph on September 20, 2004 at 4:01 pm

The Lorin was built in 1914 by H.L. Beach and W.F. Krahn. The original architect was Albert W. Cornelius. Its interior was remodeled in 1920 by James Plachek. It closed as a theater in 1954.

mlind on November 11, 2004 at 12:14 am

Would gsmurph be willing to email me at I have questions about Berkeley CA movie houses.

gsmurph on November 30, 2004 at 9:19 pm

Lorin’s style was “Italian Renaissance.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

The Lorin Theatre was completely rebuilt in 1916. That year’s September 23 issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Lorin had opened on Saturday, June 24. The old theater had been closed on March 5 and demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

The 1920 rebuilding of the Lorin designed by James Plachek took even longer than the 1916 rebuilding, so it must have been quite extensive. The March 1, 1921, issue of The Film Daily said that the Lorin Theatre had reopened on January 27 after having been closed for four months for rebuilding.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

The Lorin Theatre was remodeled again in 1931. This item is from the August 29 issue of Building and Engineering News:

“BERKELEY. Alameda Co., Cal. 3332 Adeline Street. Remodeling reinforced concrete theatre. Owner— Kaliski-Harband Theatre Co., 3332 Adeline St., Berkeley. Architect — A. A. Cantin, 544 Market St., San Francisco. Work involves new concrete stairway, pine flooring, re-arranging stage, ornamental plaster, revising electrical work, revising heating plant, general interior decoration. General Contract — Alfred Hopper, 1769 Pleasant Valley Ave., Oakland, $11,462. Electrical Work — Matson & Seabrook, 4115 Broadway, Oakland, $2500. Heating— Chas. R. Watts, 1166 Spruce St., Berkeley.”

chronicler on January 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm

According to building permits in the BAHA archives, the first Lorin Theater at 3330 Adeline Street was built for William F. Krahn by contractor Abel Roust in 1909. The following year (1910), Krahn took out a building permit for new construction at 3332 Adeline. The contractor again was Abel Roust, but this time he was also listed as designer.

Roust was also the contractor for a major remodel (with a permit for new construction) undertaken by Beach & Krahn and designed by Hiram K. Lovell in 1914. It’s possible that this construction was delayed. A July 1916 article in The Moving Picture World mentions that the theatre closed “last March,” which could be March 1915 or March 1916, although the latter is more plausible. http://bit.ly/14iEUmF

The next major remodel took place in 1920, with James Plachek (not mentioned in the permit) as architect and Charles D. Vezey as contractor. Then came the 1931 remodel with Alfred J. Hopper as contractor, followed by a 1935 remodel by Willis F. Lynn.

Three building permits were taken out in the 1940s, after the theater was acquired by Golden State Theaters, but they appear to have been of a service nature (i.e., roofing, etc.).

chronicler on January 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm

There was no earlier theater across the street. There was one on the same block (3324 Adeline) that was owned by Daniel Knapp and lasted only a brief time. It was listed in the city directory only in 1909 and was probably located in a storefront. As soon as it closed, William Krahn built his new cinema.

chronicler on January 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Albert W. Cornelius had nothing to do with this theater.

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