MV history group features talk on old theaters

The Mountain View Historical Association has scheduled the presentation “Movie Theatres of the South Bay and Peninsula,” featuring movie theater historian and author Gary Lee Parks, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd.

Parks, author of “Theatres of San Jose” and co-author of “Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula,” will deliver an illustrated lecture highlighting the history of local movie theaters. He has assisted in the preservation of historical Bay Area theaters as both a professional and a volunteer.

For decades, the downtowns of nearly every city from San Jose to San Francisco featured at least one movie theater. Some still evoke the glory of their heyday, such as the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto and the California Theatre in San Jose. Others still stand but have been stripped of their ornate architecture and iconic signage, like Mountain View’s old theater at 226 Castro St. Still others have been completely lost to time, such as the Santa Clara Theatre, which, like all of downtown Santa Clara, was demolished in the 1960s.

Admission is free for association members, $5 for nonmembers. Popcorn will be served.


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