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Arcata in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Minor Theatre

Classic Commercial Style - 1914

 

—Architect: Franklin Georgeson —

 
Minor Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
1. Minor Theatre Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  The nation's oldest theatre built for feature films was opened on December 3, 1914, by Isaac Minor with a silent film based on Charles Dickens' "The Chimes" directed by Herbert Blaché starring Tom Terriss.

Arcata Historic Landmark #28
This program is possible through a partnership with property owners, City of Arcata, Arcata Main Street and Historical Sites Society of Arcata
 
Erected by City of Arcata, Arcata Main Street, Historical Sites Society of Arcata. (Marker Number 28.)
 
Location. 40° 52.198′ N, 124° 5.194′ W. Marker is in Arcata, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is at the intersection of H Street and 10th Street, on the left when traveling north on H Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1013 H Street, Arcata CA 95521, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Methodist Society on Humboldt Bay (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacoby's Storehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Minor Theatre - view from east image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
2. Minor Theatre - view from east
The marker is visible here just to the left of the theater entrance.
Camp Curtis (approx. 1½ miles away); Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company (approx. 5.1 miles away); Hose Company Number 4 (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Carson House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Indian/Gunther Island Site 67 (Tolowot) (approx. 6 miles away); The Samuel W. McFarland Block (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arcata.
 
Also see . . .  The Story of the Minor Theatre. Within the North Coast Journal's history (1/27/2000) of local theaters is a sidebar article on the Minor. Of note, "...One of the concerns about building and running a movie theater in those days was fire. Film stock was made with nitrate, an extremely volatile substance and the arc of the carbon rods (in the projectors) was akin to a welder's torch. With that combination, theater fires were not uncommon. So Minor built the theater using concrete. He designed nine exits to the building and added other features to insure safety. 'The projection booth was completely steel clad and the floor was concrete. The glass ports that the projector shown through had a device with a metal shutter suspended by cloth ropes so if something caught on fire
Minor Theatre - view from southeast image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
3. Minor Theatre - view from southeast
they would collapse and seal the room. On opening night Minor got up on stage and declared that the theater was the safest place to be if there was a fire in Arcata.' "
(Submitted on November 7, 2012.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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