Vine Cinema & Alehouse
1722 First Street,
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Vine Cinema & Alehouse (Official)
Architects: Gale Santocono
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Independent), Restaurant
Previous Names: Vine Theatre, Vine Cinema
News About This Theater
- Dec 15, 2006 — Vine Cinema reaching crossroads
A long-standing Livermore theater; originally a single-screen, it was opened as the Vine Theatre December 26, 1956. It replaced the State Theatre which had closed on December 22m, 1956.
It was twinned in the early-1970’s and renamed Vine Cinema.
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The Vine was twinned in the early 70s, if memory serves.
What’s to become of the Vine now that the multiplex has opened? It might go back to being a second-run theatre, which is was for most of the 80s through 1992. It went back to being a first-run theatre in 1992 with the release of “Batman Returns.”
Locals weigh in on yelp.com:
Now a great dinner and wine theater showing first-run art movies and the classics.
Wonderful local wines (Livermore Valley / Wente) with limited service dinner menu and table service from next door fine-dining restaurant.
Pleasant waiting area with couches and tables. A great addition to Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin area near San Francisco, CA.
Nicely remodeled with attentive and knowledgable staff. Worth a trip!
Restaurant next door is Zephyr Grill:
The Vine Theatre was built in 1956, according to the October 6 issue of Boxoffice which said that it would be opened in November by the Roy Cooper circuit, and would have “…about 800 seats.” But the opening was delayed, and Boxoffice of November 10 said that Ampex sound equipment had been installed in the house, which was now expected to be opened in December.
An earlier Boxoffice item about the planned theater said that West Side Theatres intended it to replace their State Theatre at Livermore.
The January 12, 1957, issue of Boxoffice said that the Vine, now open, was “…designed in the modern California style.” No photograph was provided to illustrate the “modern California style,” but Boxoffice often used the term to describe midcentury modern theaters in California that had exposed redwood and/or rough stone elements in place of the steel, concrete, or plaster characteristic of the midcentury style in other parts of the country.
The entry for Gale Santocono in the 1962 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Vine Theatre at Livermore as one of his works.
A few July 2012 photos can be seen here and here.
The Vine opened on 12/26/1956. The following listing was in that afternoon’s Oakland Tribune movie section: California’s Newest! Most Modern! Gala Opening! Tonight! Doors open at 5:45 P.M. 1000 Panoramic View Seats Rocking Chair Loges Stereophonic Sound! Giant Screen! Ample Free Parking…Year Round Air Conditioning! Landscaped Patio Area!
The Vine opened with “You Can’t Run Away From It” starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon, and “7th Cavalry” with Randolph Scott.
From the Motion Picture Herald, May 12, 1956, p. 8: “Plans for building a new theatre in Livermore, Calif., to be called the Vine, have been announced by L.S. Hamm of the newly formed Southern Alameda Theatres Corporation. Designed by Gus Santacono, the 1000-seat theatre will be operated by Roy Cooper Theatres.
Now called the Vine Cinema & Alehouse. Serving food and alcohol. Updated website link: http://www.vinecinema.com/