Lark Theater

549 Magnolia Avenue,
Larkspur, CA 94939

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Previously operated by: Blumenfeld Theater Circuit

Architects: William Bernard David

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Family), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Lark Theater

Blumenfeld Theater Circuit opened the 398-seat Lark Theater on June 21, 1940 with Claire Trevor & John Wayne in “Dark Command”. The Lark Theater was closed in the late-1990’s. It stood derelict for several years.

A Marin County theater that for a time was a repertory cinema. It was renovated and reopened in 2004, screening independent films, old classics, documentaries, foreign films, and family-oriented special programs.

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Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on June 5, 2007 at 9:32 pm


terrywade on September 2, 2007 at 9:04 am

The Lark Theatre people need to advertise in the SF newspapers and let people know they are open and what is running. All the other th eatres in Marin Co have a small add in the SF Cronicle. Is the place still open? Many of us in San Francisco will drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit a nice single screen theatre. The theatres in Marin Co don’t have many Art Theatres. Many times we take Bart to the front door almost of the Orinda Theatre in Orinda Ca. The neon, real curtains that open and close so much nicer then the multiplex junk. I have not been to the Lark in many years. Do they have curtains on the screen or stereo sound?

terrywade on November 16, 2007 at 8:25 am

Thanks Lark. In todays SF Chronicle Fri Nov 16 a add for your new first run Mr Magorium’s shows the Lark Theater listing. You will see a big turnout for this film. People from around the Bay Area will now know you are open as a nice single screen theatre. I will be bringing my friends over this Sat. Hope you have a good stereo system. Thanks for finaly having a add run. Its sad the Century/Cinemark chain in Marin County will not put in any digital projectors for the new 3-D film opening today ‘Beowulf’ The indi theatre Fairfax in Marin will do all the business as they are the only movie theatre in the area with 3-D digital. The Cinemark theatres in Marin County are not going to get the crowds. Why see a 3-D movie in a flat 2-D theatre. Now in you budget for next year if the Lark can put in the new 3-D digital system it will be a big plus over the chain multiplex theatres in the area that are way behind the times. They just pop the corn and sell the hi price drinks and forget the new projection experience. Long live the single screen Lark Theater in Larkspur CA!

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

Celeste on August 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

I grew up in Marin County.The Lark was a great little Movie Theater! I remember seeing the incredible “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” there and “The Bridge On the River Kwai” there as well. We whistled that tune from “The Bridge On The River Kwai” all the way home to Mill Valley.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

JGGreco on October 17, 2015 at 10:36 am

2015 photo can be seen here

DavidZornig on October 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Identical building to the Noyo Theatre in Willits California.

DavidZornig on October 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Current article about the Lark and it’s marquee.

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