Baywood Theater

359 S. B Street,
San Mateo, CA 94401

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Simeon Charles Lee

Firms: Anthony B. Heinsbergen and Company

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Baywood Theater

Opened August 20, 1931, the Baywood Theatre was built for W.S. Leadley and was later operated by Fox-West Coast Theatres under the Northern California Peninsula District.

Anthony B. Heinsbergen was responsible for the interior decoration of the theatre.

Today, most of the details on the facade have been removed or rendered over and the interior has been partially gutted.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

larrygoldsmith on March 7, 2010 at 2:55 am

Thanks for the update, Gary.

I was too young to remember the Baywood (operated by Fox West Coast), but I remember the manager and his asst. , who were then at the Fox San Mateo Theatre talking about how they still missed being there at the Baywood. And I always had to laugh, because the Baywood had been gone by then for 25 years!! I only can remember when it was Thrifty, and that’s been long gone for years.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 7, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Is the address listed above correct? I thought this theatre was downtown, not on El Camino.

tarantex on May 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

Your right Scott It wasnt on El Camino it was on B street at 5th and 6 th ave.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2010 at 1:41 am

Would this be the theater building? On B Street between 3rd and 4th.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm

That’s the one.

larrygoldsmith on May 10, 2010 at 2:50 am

ken mc

Yes, this is the old Baywood Theatre. Located on B St. between 3rd and 4th St. See my earlier post above in regard to location.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

As noted above, the Baywood Theatre was on B Street, not El Camino Real.

rivest266 on July 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm

August 20, 1931 grand opening ad in photo section

robboehm on July 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Uploaded photo of the Baywood.

pnelson on July 12, 2015 at 2:53 am

The Baywood had a wonderful exterior. Art Deco meets Art Moderne and the marquee great too. Bad taste to tear it down and gut it. History means nothing to this world.

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