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Vista Theatre

1400 E California Ave
Bakersfield CA

Demolished 1962
Record #22224  
 Opened: May 4, 1948
 Closed: February 9, 1959
 Demolished: 1962
Capacity: 689 seats
Architect(s): Myles E Belongia
Architectural Style(s):
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Information for this tour was contributed by Paul Linfesty.

The Vista Theatre was located at 1400 East California Avenue. The $100,000 theatre opened on Wednesday, May 4, 1948 with My Little Chickadee and Crazy House.

The theatre sat 689, with a crying room that sat up to 25 mothers. It featured a stram-steel circular roof, which was said to be ideal for air conditioning and accoustics.

The theatre's policy was to change double features three times a week. By 1959, however, the theatre was down to just two double features, Fri-Sat and Sun-Mon. Even that wasn't enough. It went to only one-double feature a week, running Sun-Mon only. The theatre's last day of operation was on Monday, February 9 with Gunsmoke in Tucson and Snowfire.

After closing, the Vista became The Bakersfield Revival Temple, but in 1962 was torn down to make room for a new tire store and gas station. Today, a fenced parking lot occupies the spot.

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