El Cajon Theatre

126 S. Magnolia Street,
El Cajon, CA 92020

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The El Cajon Theatre was opened by A. Molins on May 18, 1927. It was destroyed by fire in 1945. A new, larger, El Cajon Theatre was built on the site which opened on April 24, 1946 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

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Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on December 27, 2023 at 11:21 pm

There seems to be a discrepancy for the address of the first El Cajon Theatre. The Sanborn Maps 1929 (in photo section) show the location to be 28 Magnolia Street, now 126 S. Magnolia, between Main and the Douglas. (Today town homes).

Have also added a news clipping from Daily Pacific Builders September 11, 1945, confirming the address of the first El Cajon Theatre at 126 S. Magnolia, owner Gerald Gallager.

Daily Pacific Builders, September 11, 1945, Page n325 EL CAJON, San Diego Co., Calif. —Scherer ft Prichard. 8964 Orange St, Riverside, at $85,466 a submitted low bid to Architect Robt Halley Jr., 601 Spreckels Bldg. San Diego, Sept 5, for the construction of a 900-seat reinforced concrete theater building on Main Street EI Cajon, San Diego Coun-ty for Gerald Gallagher, c/o El Cajon Theater, 126 S Magnolia, E

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 28, 2023 at 10:22 am

When the address is corrected per Ron Pierce’s information above, we can also add the opening year 1927, when the “New Theatres” column of the May 6 Film Daily said that “A. Molins will open the El Cajon on May 18.”

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