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Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Liberty “Airdome Theater”

Built in 1904 – Terminated with the advent of “talkies” and evaporating coolers.

 
 
Liberty “Airdome Theater” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Liberty “Airdome Theater” Marker
Inscription. Built by Dominique Bordagaray, who emigrated from St. Jean Pied de Port, Basses Pyrenees France. Soon after Coalinga began building he bought six lots on “C” St. and fifth, where he built a row of store buildings. In one of these he ran a French laundry. Some years later they were destroyed by fire and he built the “Liberty Airdome Theater.” Not to be confused with the “Liberty Theater” it stood in the spot later to become the J.C. Penney Co. building (Corner of Cedar and 5th St.). The Airdome was an open air theater featuring silent films and stage productions, cigar stand for gentlemen and ice cream parlor with tables and chairs. People sat on slats (benches) to watch the productions. In the summer months they would throw sawdust over the floor and wet it down to keep it cool. The boy in the picture is Stanley Bordagaray, Dominique’s 2nd oldest son. Stanley was known as “Frenchie” an(d) went on to play baseball for the New York Yankees in the 30’s and early 40’s.
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.464′ N, 120° 21.736′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) and East
Liberty “Airdome Theater” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Liberty “Airdome Theater” Marker
Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 Coalinga Plaza, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bertrich Block (a few steps from this marker); The Phelps Building (within shouting distance of this marker); B.M. Food Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga Woman’s Club (within shouting distance of this marker); “Dr. Bill” (within shouting distance of this marker); Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 1983 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pleasant Valley Hotel (about 300 feet away); The Rockwell Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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