|Address||26 S. Chestnut Street
|Area||0.7 acres (0.28 ha)|
|Architectural style||Spanish Colonial Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||86003523|
|Added to NRHP||December 29, 1986|
|Architect||Smith, L.A.; Et al.|
The Ventura Theatre (also known as Majestic Ventura Theatre) is a historic live concert venue in downtown Ventura, California. This was "the only luxury theatre built in Ventura County in the 1920s" in the "style of the great movie palaces." The lavish, elegant interior of gilt and opulence was originally designed by Robert E. Power Studios of San Francisco and has been restored. The theatre with a capacity of 1150 and a flanking office building were designed by architect L. A. Smith in the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that was favored by architects of motion picture theaters during the 1920s.
In 1928, Ventura was a bustling oil boom town when the grand opening featured an organ solo, the latest news, Our Gang Comedy, a vaudeville act and the movie, Excess Baggage. During the period between 1923 and 1929, many other buildings were constructed: the Hobson Brothers Meat Packing Company (1923), the First National Bank of Ventura (1926) (commonly called the Earl Stanley Gardner), the Ventura Hotel (1926), the Elks Lodge - B. P. 0. E. #1430 (1928), the Mission Theater (1928), the Hotel Washington (1928), the Swift & Company Building (1928), and the Masonic Temple (1929). Contemporary downtown Ventura is defined by the theatre and the other extant buildings from this period.
Declared a landmark by the City of Ventura In 1976, the theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The office building was modernized in 1958 and was not included in the historic designation. The theater currently has an active concert schedule including hosting the opening of the AM Tour of the band Arctic Monkeys in May 2013. Their new song "Do I Wanna Know?" was debuted as the opening number.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Judy Triem (March 17, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Ventura Theatre". National Park Service. and accompanying 12 photos
- City of Ventura. Historic Landmark #24 accessed from link on City Map with Historic Landmarks (searchable GIS)
- Hamilton, Denise (June 09, 1988) "A New Life Awaits Ventura Theater : Restaurateur Has Big Plans to Book Jazz, Country, Salsa Acts at Ornate Ex-Movie House" Los Angeles Times
- City of Ventura. Historic Landmark #23
- City of Ventura. Historic Landmark #37
- City of Ventura. Historic Landmark #99
- City of Ventura "The Swift & Company Building" Historic Landmark Designation Application
- "Arctic Monkeys release new single 'Do I Wanna Know?' - listen". NME. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- City of Ventura. "City Landmarks, Points of Interest, and Historic Districts". Historic Preservation in Ventura webpage.
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