“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Lorin Theater

(Philips Temple C. M. E. Church)


—City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1982 —

Lorin Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Lorin Theater Marker
Hiram Lovell, Architect, 1910, 1914
James W. Plachek, Architect, 1921

The popularity of early movies created a demand for new spaces to accommodate eager audiences. South Berkeley’s first neighborhood theater with 144 stools for seats was established across Adeline Street in a storefront. In 1910 this building was constructed with 400 seats. It was soon enlarged to 800 seats. The owners advertised that “every foot of film’ that was shown has passed their own “personal inspection.”

In 1921 James Plachek redesigned the theater to provide 1,500 seats, an organ to accompany silent films, an Italian Renaissance-style facade and a large marquee. In 1954 the building began a second life as the home of the Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church. The congregation raised the substantial sum necessary to renovate the building in 1999 for earthquake safety and to restore much of the facade.
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Location. 37° 50.88′ N, 122° 16.311′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Adeline Street south of Alcatraz Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3332 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Lorin Theater image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. Lorin Theater
At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Berkeley Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Black Panther's First Office (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Black Panther Party Stoplight (approx. 0.6 miles away); Frances Albrier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Longfellow School (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Shuman Block (approx. 1.1 miles away); Charles W. Woodworth House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic McGee-Spaulding District (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
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