California Theatre (San Bernardino)

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California Theatre of the Performing Arts
California Theatre, San Bernardino.JPG
Address 562 W. 4th St.
San Bernardino, California
United States
Owner City of San Bernardino
Operator Theatre Arts International
Type Movie palace
Capacity 1,718
Screens 1
Current use Performing arts venue
Opened 1928 (1928)

California Theatre
California Theatre (San Bernardino) is located in California
California Theatre (San Bernardino)
California Theatre (San Bernardino) is located in the US
California Theatre (San Bernardino)
Coordinates 33°43′8″N 117°17′35″W / 33.71889°N 117.29306°W / 33.71889; -117.29306Coordinates: 33°43′8″N 117°17′35″W / 33.71889°N 117.29306°W / 33.71889; -117.29306
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Architect Perrine, John Paxton
Architectural style Mission/spanish Revival
NRHP Reference # 09001116[1]
Added to NRHP December 22, 2009

The California Theatre of the Performing Arts or simply referred to as the California Theatre is a performing arts center in the historic Downtown area of San Bernardino, California. Originally a part of the Fox Theatre chain, it opened in 1928 and still houses its original Wurlitzer Style 216 pipe organ.[2] It was also the site of the last performance by Will Rogers prior to his death in a 1935 plane crash.

In the early years of Hollywood, filmmakers would test-screen their movies at the California Theatre. Classic films such as "King Kong" and "The Wizard of Oz" were first seen by audiences at the theatre in the 1930s.

The theatre is managed by Theatrical Arts International, the largest theatre company in the Inland Empire, which presents Broadway tours from the national touring circuit, and has hosted the San Bernardino Symphony since 1929. The theatre has recently hosted the tapings of Showtime's "The Latin Divas of Comedy", and "The Payaso Comedy Slam".[3]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "CinemaTreasures". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ Weeks, John (2006-11-10). "Inland Empire - a pop culture bastion". San Bernardino County Sun. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 

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