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Mainzer Theatre

1997 Photo from the Scott Neff collection
659 Main St
Merced CA 95340
(209) 722-3370

Record #10282  
 Opened: 1921
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Strand, Merced, Cinema III
 Previously operated by: United California Theatres, United Artists Theatres, Silver Screen Amusements

Information for this tour was contributed by Tom DeLay.

The original name of this theatre was the Merced Theatre. It was built in 1921. The "new" Merced Theatre was opened in 1931 several blocks south on Main Street.

I have no idea what name was applied to this theatre when the Merced name was transferred to the new theatre.

The original 1921 Merced Theatre had a fire a few months prior to the opening of the new Merced Theatre. How convenient! The Wurlitzer organ in the old Merced was to have been enlarged and installed in the new Merced. However, the organ was also destroyed in the fire. From the alley behind the present form of the building, the bricked-in stage loading door is clearly obvious.

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2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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August 1997 photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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March 1997 photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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Last featured 3/28/2004. Last edited 3/23/2010.

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