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Orinda in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Orinda Theatre, 1941

 
 
The Orinda Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 17, 2020
1. The Orinda Theatre Marker
Inscription.  The Orinda Theatre opened its doors in 1941 and is the city's most prominent visual landmark with its signature dorsal fin marquee. It is a textbook example of Streamlined Moderne Architecture, a late type of Art Deco design inspired by structures built for the 1939-40 Golden Gate International exposition on Treasure Island. The building includes Carrara glass and stainless steel finishes, with the interior theatre walls and foyer ceiling painted in classic murals.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list.
 
Location. 37° 52.739′ N, 122° 10.936′ W. Marker is in Orinda, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Moraga Way and Bryant Way, on the left on Moraga Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orinda CA 94563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bryant Station Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Pony Express
The Orinda Theatre Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 17, 2020
2. The Orinda Theatre Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here, to the right and behind the fountain, mounted to a post.
(about 400 feet away); The Crossroads (about 400 feet away); The deLaveaga Station (about 400 feet away); The Santa Maria Chapel, 1892 (approx. ¼ mile away); 1923 Orinda Improvement Association (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1958 The Orinda Library (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orinda.
 
Also see . . .  Orinda Theatre (Cinema Treasures). "The Orinda Theatre opened on December 27, 1941 with William Holden in “Texas”. The theatre was built for and operated by Donald Rheem....Slated for demolition in 1984, it was saved through the efforts of preservationists and reopened in 1989 as the center of the Theater Square Project — a retail/entertainment redevelopment project." (Submitted on August 17, 2020.) 
 
Marker detail: Inset photo - the Orinda Theatre image. Click for full size.
circa 1982
3. Marker detail: Inset photo - the Orinda Theatre
Ad for opening night at the Orinda Theatre image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Oakland Tribune (via Newspapers.com), December 26, 1941
4. Ad for opening night at the Orinda Theatre
The Orinda Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 17, 2020
5. The Orinda Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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